I guess my answer is also a question - related to the thread about giving up f/t work.
I quit my first job a while back (NT$58000pm, with 2 wks off annually) and wasn’t sure what to do about the ARC issue. Then I stumbled across a salary position that seemed OK for the short term and enabled me to get a new ARC.
It’s a high school position, which gives me weekends and evenings free, but only pays 55000. Factor in two weeks holiday, plus another 1 day/month for sick leave which can be accumulated and taken as holiday at the end of a year and it’s an ‘OK’ package for what is expected of me.
It’s certainly not great money, but it leaves me time to have a life and I get extra pay - a measly 500/hr - if I work more than 100 hrs a month. The work is easy easy easy but will probably me mind-buggeringly boring too.
The job doesn’t start properly 'til next week, and for the past two months I’ve been filling in with whatever my boss could find for me - some subbing and a lot of 1-1 stuff. Many of my students are senior managers, administrators, financial controllers, scientists, etc. who are paying over the odds for quality instruction.
I enjoy that kind of work a lot more, and in theory it should be a lot more well paid. I’m qualified and experienced enough to do it, but I’m basically earning the same as a college grad in a buxiban.
I also teach a private corporate class at 1000/hr, so why the hell am I accepting half that to do tedious depressing stuff? For the last two months I’ve been getting full salary for 15-20hrs a week so I didn’t mind too much, but now I’m starting to get antsy.
The ARC/visa issue is part of the problem. I’m nervous about yet another visa run (my fourth in a year) and suddenly becoming a student after being employed legally twice. Another is that my employer actually seems to be a reasonable person that I can have a decent relationship with. I’ve given a commitment and don’t want to break it.
On the other hand, I’ve now been scheduled to work high school 20hrs/ three days a week, and they want me to keep on with most of my other stuff over the other three days/wk. I’m looking at teaching over 100hrs in February, even though I’ve had a week ‘paid holiday’ for CNY. I see it as a week’s enforced inactivity, followed by three weeks of overwork that doesn’t leave me time for a life, or outside classes. I’m not really getting a holiday, so suddenly the alleged benefits don’t look so attractive.
Of course, it’s just a short term problem because they don’t have enough teachers right now. But they didn’t have enough teachers two months ago. I don’t see why I should have to deal with their problems. I have directed a few people to my school, but none of them have taken f/t positions because it’s not an attractive enough offer. So I don’t see them having more teachers in the future.
I feel that they should improve the offer instead of overloading the people who do work for them. I’m going to be having a bit of a discussion with them about this on Friday, and any input from you long-termers would be appreciated.
I can quit inside the first 90 days without losing anything, right?