It’s that time of the year where I start to get more homesick than usual and start questioning my decision for next year. First of all, I’ve only been back in Korea for about 4 months… but my glorious American vacation seemed so long ago. I don’t despise Korea, I just miss good ol’ Amurricaa more this time around.
Recently, a co-worker of mine decided to sign a contract for a third year at April. With her main concern being money, I don’t blame her at all. This job pays better than most jobs (of course, we work more). My other co-worker/alliance member Kristina is on her between-break contract and coming back for a second year. We’re definitely seeing more stability at April with the foreign staff. I am currently on my third year and undecided if I want to stay for a 4th year stint.
I feel that most of the Korean staff just assume that I am staying for another year, and another year after that. I work, eat, live, and breathe April. I am the poster child (or teacher) for Creative Cafe videos. I win every contest I enter. I represent our branch in all the “creative” contests. I teach the lowest and highest levels. I make orientation packets for Junior Master. I’m the go-to person. I have my shit together. And most importantly, I bring jello shots to work. For me to even question if I will stay another year is just unusual.
I do enjoy my job on most days and I love that my branch is so liberal. But man, after 3 years in one place, one starts to wonder. I’m 23 years old and I’m already very settled in one job. Most people I know back home are barely graduated and unemployed. Still on that “I need time to find my true calling” shit. I came to work here when I was 20. I’m good at what I do so I decided to stay longer. I don’t know if I should continue to stay and be good at what I do, or move on. I don’t even know where I should move on to… Another hagwon? I’ve entertained the idea of applying for a job at headquarters but that comes with complications. I don’t have the F4 visa (Korean American status) and I may not get a salary match haha. I do know foreigners who work at headquarters but I don’t know what their deal yet. I only know that they spent years working at a branch before “moving up” to work at headquarters. I think getting into marketing and development would be kind of fun. Since I am so invested and opinionated about the curriculum anyways, why not develop and revise the program as a job?? I’ve seen posts on portal about HQ positions here and there but the timing is always off. If I get serious, I should just grow a pair and ask them if there are any openings when my contract ends. OR I should just stay put and continue working at Dunsan April.
Another topic of my midyear life evaluation: MONEY. I have failed to save up any real amount money during the past 3 years. I keep spending everything. I attribute this to the lack of “college experience” I had. To make up for my lack of dorming and social activities back then, I’m blowing all my hard-earned cash now. I should be blowing my parent’s and the government’s hard-earned cash but hey, making it work here.
Anyways, TOEFL testing is over and it’s the weekend. I was the worst proctor. I kept feeding the kids M&Ms and donuts during the tests ^_^