I’d like some advice from readers of this forum and I’d appreciate comments on my situation
About three years ago while I was at university, I met a Taiwanese woman and we fell in love. We lived together for a while, but she had to go back to Taiwan because her student visa expired.
Both of us want to get married (and have kids) and I’d love to live in Taiwan, but I’m not sure of the future I’d have there. I’ve visited her and met her family and they’re supportive, so I’d have a family network there. If she moved to the UK, we wouldn’t have a support network here (my family aren’t too keen on her)
At the moment I speak barely passable survival Mandarin (gained from trips to Taiwan and the patient tutoring of my girlfriend), but I’m absolutely sure that would improve dramatically after a couple of years there
I’ve got a Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering and two years experience in software marketing, technical support, and training. I was born and brought up in the UK (and speak extremely clear English), but I’m of Indian descent (so I’ve got brown skin).
What kind of job could I get?
I guess to start off with I could teach English, but after browsing the posts here and on tealit.com, the Taiwanese aren’t too keen on non-white native English speakers. Anyway, I’m trying to plan out a long-term strategy and teaching English doesn’t appear to be a long-term job with retirement benefits!
Could I be considered for a University job? Are university hiring commitees more colour-blind than bushibans? Is there any demand for native English speaking Chemical Engineering lecturers who can barely speak Chinese? Or am I starting to clutch at straws!
Saying I do get a university job (whether it’s a staff or faculty position), do they usually come with benefits like health insurance etc?
I’ve been trying to figure out a future gameplan for the past month and I’d appreciate comments.