Work in China
I'm currently looking for a job in Beijing...Any ideas as to how I could go about finding one?
I'm 18 and I've just graduated from high school in Germany. English isn't my native language but I've been learning it from very early on, so I thought maybe I could teach English or German. But any kind of work is fine, really, I just need to be able to afford food and maybe a place to live. I'm more or less fluent in Chinese since I've lived in China for one year when I was 16. I've already asked many of my Chinese friends for help, written to some schools and done almost everything else I can think of, but I'd still be really grateful for any advice one of you might have.
I don't know whether this is the right place to post this but I'll do so anyway. Thanks for your help!
pretzellogicJuly 08, 2009, 11:12 AM
Certainly being an English teacher is easy enough. I don't know personally, but if that's all you're interested in doing, Beijing and Shanghai are probably overloaded with people that know english as a first or second language. I know you said you want to go to Beijing. I'm wondering if its' Beijing/Shanghai or you won't go. Maybe if you want to spend time in China, I'd suggest the following:
1) for teaching English, go to Lanzhou, Xining, Xinjiang, or some other place that doesn't have lots of expats running around. The demand for English teachers there is likely higher than in Beijing/Shanghai (especially since tens of thousands of expats want to go to BJ/SH since that's where the action/fun is). It was certainly the case when one of my family friends went to Lanzhou 2 years ago to teach English. He got a job relatively easily. Oh, I should mention that it's likely that a college degree is necessary to teach English in China.
2)Start with the basics. What are your skills? Is your only skill that you know English? Every expat I know knows English. A telling note for why I recommended Lanzhou over Beijing is that I had 5 or 6 Chinese asking me if I could teach them English. That was back in 2005 when I lived in Lanzhou for a year. I would travel to Beijing regularly, and no one in Beijing asked me to teach them english.
But if you're determined to teach english in Beijing, then come to the city on a tourist visa, and start job hunting here in person. What else can you do? Do you have any other usefull skills?
seasleeperJuly 10, 2009, 01:49 PM
Yeah I agree with pretzellogic
There are too many foreigners in BJ or SH,and most of them are able to teach English.
So I think it's difficult to find a job in English teaching in these big cities.
I suppose teaching German is a good choice,you can try send messages to Beijing Foreign Language School,that sort of schools.
And you may have some other skills,so except teacher,you can try to do some other work.
And you can ask the German embassy in China to find some help.
sarojmahantaMarch 18, 2010, 04:31 PM
I am an Indian. And i am working as an Software professional in Tata Consultancy Services. I am an Oracle Database Administrator. I am desperately looking for a job in China. It will be better if i get the job in IT field. Can any one suggest me , or provide me any link of consultancy or IT company which has any openings ? Till now I have applied in IBM, China and IBM, Malaysia. But no respond so far. Also I am searching in the blog sites and consultancy firms in India. Please help me to find a job in China and send me a PM.