It’s getting down to crunch time. The end of my contract is less than four months away. I’m in a bit of dilemma…do I renew my contract for the third year or try for a university job? The second major thing weighing on my mind is about getting a puppy.
Staying with EPIK
If I stay with EPIK, I can choose to stay at the same school or to move to another. In regards to the benefits, I would get a pay increase, a bonus paycheck, and an extra two weeks of vacation. I would also have a guaranteed stay in Gumi. It would also mean that I will have worked with the same company for three years. As for the cons, it means being in a situation that I’m not necessarily keen on. Often times I feel my job serves no purpose and/or I need more co-teacher support but I don’t get it. I struggle to keep students’ attention because they can’t understand me and also because they know that my classroom material is not relevant to their grade or future career. If I stay with EPIK should I stay with my not-so-lovely high school or transfer to an elementary school (same pay but rumoured less work and more student participation)?
Working at a University
Universities tend to have less teaching/classroom hours than my current position. It would be roughly the same pay. All the students ‘must’ pay attention in my class to receive a grade. I will have a curriculum to follow which will, I think, allow me to teach to my full ability. Most foreigners working at a university have a more positive working environment than hagwon (private school) and EPIK (public school) teachers. The not so great thing is that I probably won’t be able to stay in Gumi and would be forced to look into nearby cities. I also would only plan on holding this particular job for only one year. I don’t know if 2 years with EPIK and 1 year at a university would look better on my resume than 3 years with EPIK.
So I’ve been monitoring the Animal Rescue Korea website for available dogs like crazy. I’m very interested in a jindo-mix. Jindos are medium-sized (40~50 lbs) native dogs of Korea. They have a lot of energy and require at least moderate exercise everyday. This isn’t a problem for me because I like to exercise and I’ve always been partial to larger breeds. Unfortunately, not only am I looking at shelter dogs with unknown attitudes towards cats, but jindos also tend to have a high prey-drive. That said, one of the dogs I had looked at recently had a puppy. While I’m not exactly ‘thrilled’ about training a puppy, I am familiar with raising dogs. I won’t be able to adopt the puppy for another month (proper weaning time). That would mean only 3 months in my studio apartment and then I plan on moving to a 1 bedroom (2-room) apartment. Any advice? I DO plan on taking my pets with me wherever I move…don’t fret.
Any advice about job situation or puppy situation would be highly appreciated!!!