Former university academic seeking a post-retirement career in ELT

Thanks for your replies, everyone!

I’ve never heard of a gold card; so I’ll definitely look into it. I’ll also check out Tealit and the British Council.

I wear sunscreen everyday. Around 80% of visible signs of skin aging is the result of unprotected sun exposure; so covering up helps. Aaaand I did retire young - so I’m not, like, 65. In my case, it’s just because I have enough passive income to cover my modest daily expenditure (barely - haha). Doing nothing all day does get boring, however, after about a year …

Teaching in my area would be great! Anyone know of unis in Taiwan that have courses taught in English? I’ve only been looking through Times Higher Education’s website and most opportunities around the region are in China, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

I have been a bit concerned about age discrimination, actually. I applied for a secondment to a Chinese university a few of years ago, only to be told that they wanted someone who looks more experienced and authoritative. They ended up picking a colleague of mine, who’s barely two years older than me - but looks a lot older :frowning:

By the way, my academic fields are industrial relations / human resources and political economy. But I’ve also got a little bit of experience in risk management and employment law. I worked at PwC before jumping into academia.

Thanks again everyone!

That is true, there seems top be a mandatory requirement age. I knew a professor who was trying to continue for as long as she could despite being past retirement age. But if the op doesn’t have high income requirements he might get hired as an adjunct professor teaching only a few classes are different schools. Work permits could be an issue if he doesn’t get open work rights.

I’m curious and you don’t have to answer if you don’t want, but exactly how old are you?

So in job terms, what was your job? Were you some kind of researcher? Were you a professor? Did you teach anything? What were you paid to do?

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It’s all right, milk it all you can now because as soon as you hit 50, BAM! You’re gonna look 70 until the day you die.

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Teaching involved: lecturing, conducting seminars/tutorials, marking, monitoring online discussions, etc. It also included curriculum development, though we mostly just tweaked and added to what’s already available from the previous semester.

Research and associated activities involved: doing field work, publishing, ghost-writing for senior profs, presenting research findings, supervising research students, editing manuscripts, etc.

Haha … Below 50 … Cause, like @wakethenight said, when I hit 50, it’s all over

Cool another Aussie! I also worked in Big 4 previously but then worked in the Finance field in Taiwan (ahh the long hours!) before returning home to Melbourne last year.

Definitely look into getting a Gold Card since you have a PhD and plenty of experience.

Lastly, the work culture and environment may not be that enticing in Taiwan after a while so be ready for that. Of course the grass always looks greener from afar so try to read up on some of the drawbacks before committing to anything longer term.

Cheers mate!

Yeah, that’s why I’m doing plenty of research ahead of time - haha

Update: I started looking around Tealit and contacted two companies who seem to cater to adult learners. I figured: ‘Hey, what’ve you got to lose …’ I didn’t think I’d have much of a chance because I mentioned I can’t start till mid-May.

Surprisingly, both got back to me. One asked for a video intro (which I did). The other scheduled a Skype interview.

Mind giving me advice on how to prepare for the interview? Like, what do they ask? Should I expect, like, a standard behavioural / situational - type questions?

Thanks in advance!

It depends whether they know what they are doing. It’s employer dependent. If they know what they are doing they will very quickly know if you don’t.

Why don’t you go for a position in tertiary education? That’s where you’re from. You could earn a decent supplementary income from that.


I’ll definitely look into it. But I think you mentioned earlier that I’d need one of my postgrads to be education, English literature or something similar - in order to teach at a university. And, at least from my understanding, unis tend to be a bit bureaucratic - and so, going through the selection process might take a bit of time.

Definitely something I’ll look into; but I still haven’t spotted an English medium tertiary institution yet in my preliminary search.

Do you have to work in Taiwan?

I don’t “have to”. I’m not under financial pressure to work. But I do want to earn a bit of pocket money while learning Chinese (which is my main reason for going to Taiwan). And I do quite enjoy teaching / editing / ghost-writing. Moreover - who knows - maybe I’ll learn a bit about the world of ELT and invest in it if I can pull some cash out of my ass.

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You won’t have open work rights so you’ll have to be sponsored by an employer. It’s really not a great place to be in at your stage in life.

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If you study Chinese at a school that can support your visa, you get a part time open work permit after studying for a year. I don’t know which is better, though.

Foreign Students Enrolled in Taiwanese College of University Taking Part-time Jobs



That’d be so awesome. This gives me more options! Thanks!

Or just get the Gold Visa and you will have completely open work rights and you can do whatever you want.



Though a long thread, may have some useful info if you qualify for the card.

Oh yeah - will definitely look into that as well :grin: