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Into Infinity   United States. Sep 14 2017 08:05. Posts 1806
hi lp

i work in a cubicle making comfy (read, good but underpaid imo) money doing a stressful job (doing sql and making business recommendations/BI) for a company i don't really care about. i feel like i'm become so apathetic with life. crypto is my new 401k and i've been accumulating various shitcoins (mostly omg + a handful of others like FUN) since may, right before that big bull run, waiting for the day buttcoins will let me CEO10k/day.

i've been thinking about doing one of those teach english abroad things and have been teaching myself anime speak for about a month now using genki (about 1/2way through genki1) and memrise/anki, putting in about 3 hours a day. i feel like i really need something big to happen in my life otherwise i feel like i'm going to be one of those stereotypical guys who hates their job then goes home and beats their wife and kids.

thoughts? anyone have any experience packing up your stuff and leaving everything behind?

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Arirang   Canada. Sep 14 2017 12:38. Posts 1662

https://www.youtube.com/user/japanascope/videos

Not a fan of this individual, but he often speaks about why Japan sucks as a foreigner. He used to have this video about why teaching English in Japan sucks, but he's now put that video behind a paywall of $10 on his patreon (if it's the same vid, since I can't seem to find it in his channel). The video was not really his, but his friend's, who had a teaching job in Japan but eventually quit. And here were some of his complaints from memory:

- the people that connect you to teaching jobs are scumbags
- you are overworked;100hrs/week
- you cannot alter your workload, and when you talk to your agency, they act like they will help you but lie
- you are underpaid; they want you stupid and fantasizing about teaching in Japan
- you end up bleeding a lot of money
- you are sent to obscure locations, not a bustling metropolis

the guy now has a job in China teaching English, and he's much happier there.
You can search the topic on youtube, and there seem to be a lot of shit about it: https://i.imgur.com/VtHrOnH.png


I'm pretty sure starting anew in East Asia as a foreigner sucks. I think SEA is more accepting of other cultures, but then you are in SEA and that has its own baggages.


Nitewin   United States. Sep 14 2017 13:43. Posts 908

Need more info.

Age?
Married? Kids?
Salary?
Location?
Other skills?
Goals?
What happened with poker?

How's crypto been going? It's very swingy lately.


Into Infinity   United States. Sep 14 2017 15:31. Posts 1806


  On September 14 2017 11:38 Arirang wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/user/japanascope/videos

Not a fan of this individual, but he often speaks about why Japan sucks as a foreigner. He used to have this video about why teaching English in Japan sucks, but he's now put that video behind a paywall of $10 on his patreon (if it's the same vid, since I can't seem to find it in his channel). The video was not really his, but his friend's, who had a teaching job in Japan but eventually quit. And here were some of his complaints from memory:

- the people that connect you to teaching jobs are scumbags
- you are overworked;100hrs/week
- you cannot alter your workload, and when you talk to your agency, they act like they will help you but lie
- you are underpaid; they want you stupid and fantasizing about teaching in Japan
- you end up bleeding a lot of money
- you are sent to obscure locations, not a bustling metropolis

the guy now has a job in China teaching English, and he's much happier there.
You can search the topic on youtube, and there seem to be a lot of shit about it: https://i.imgur.com/VtHrOnH.png


I'm pretty sure starting anew in East Asia as a foreigner sucks. I think SEA is more accepting of other cultures, but then you are in SEA and that has its own baggages.



interesting. i'll have to check some of his videos out. maybe i have been stuck on one side of the spectrum in my japan youtube vids, where it seems to be glamorized heavily.




  On September 14 2017 12:43 Nitewin wrote:
Need more info.

Age?
Married? Kids?
Salary?
Location?
Other skills?
Goals?
What happened with poker?

How's crypto been going? It's very swingy lately.





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i have a very particular set of skills. skills i have acquired over a very long career.
as of right now, retire young or live off of some type of passive income. i realize something like teaching in japan is the exact opposite of that because the money sucks but like i said, i feel like i need to do something to shake things up
poker was a pipedream in my late teens for me. was never able to beat .25/.50. i live next to some casinos but i don't have the attention span anymore to sit and grind out long sessions. that, and black friday
just bought the btc dip, no regrets



also, this, from a previous blog post:

are bitcoins still a good investment?
Into Infinity, Oct 21 2014
i was thinking of buying a bunch if the price dips in the 200 range. how stupid am i?

answer - very stupid for not doing it

 Last edit: 14/09/2017 15:34

hiems   United States. Sep 16 2017 12:20. Posts 1312

if you want my honest feedback, its that you come off as a having a huge ego/braggart everytime I read your posts. I'm guessing you are already aware of this by this point in your life.

 Last edit: 16/09/2017 12:25

Into Infinity   United States. Sep 17 2017 05:13. Posts 1806


  On September 16 2017 11:20 hiems wrote:
if you want my honest feedback, its that you come off as a having a huge ego/braggart everytime I read your posts. I'm guessing you are already aware of this by this point in your life.



not disagreeing with you, but i don't feel like i come off that way on this site...especially considering i hardly post anymore


bigredhoss   Cook Islands. Sep 17 2017 06:31. Posts 8561

I think the most important question to ask yourself is how easy would it be to get your job (or an equivalent job) back if you took a hiatus to do something else and returned. If the answer is very easy, then sure why not spend a year traveling doing whatever. If not, then I would be super hesitant to leave. This is coming from someone who spent a big chunk of his 20's traveling and loved it.

Is it possible to make decent money in your field as a remote independent contractor? I would look into that if you haven't already and see what rates people with X experience/qualifications are charging.

Truck-Crash Life 

bigredhoss   Cook Islands. Sep 17 2017 06:45. Posts 8561


  On September 14 2017 11:38 Arirang wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/user/japanascope/videos

Not a fan of this individual, but he often speaks about why Japan sucks as a foreigner. He used to have this video about why teaching English in Japan sucks, but he's now put that video behind a paywall of $10 on his patreon (if it's the same vid, since I can't seem to find it in his channel). The video was not really his, but his friend's, who had a teaching job in Japan but eventually quit. And here were some of his complaints from memory:

- the people that connect you to teaching jobs are scumbags
- you are overworked;100hrs/week
- you cannot alter your workload, and when you talk to your agency, they act like they will help you but lie
- you are underpaid; they want you stupid and fantasizing about teaching in Japan
- you end up bleeding a lot of money
- you are sent to obscure locations, not a bustling metropolis

the guy now has a job in China teaching English, and he's much happier there.
You can search the topic on youtube, and there seem to be a lot of shit about it: https://i.imgur.com/VtHrOnH.png


I'm pretty sure starting anew in East Asia as a foreigner sucks. I think SEA is more accepting of other cultures, but then you are in SEA and that has its own baggages.



LOL come on at giving any credibility to what that dude says, he's like the epitome of trash American tourist. There is zero chance the average English teacher works anywhere near 100 hours/week in Japan or anywhere else on planet earth. I'm a teacher (not english) and I generally advise against going into teaching English abroad as a career choice, but if you want to fuck off for a year and have some fun while breaking even on bills/travel expenses and having low expectations for the actual quality of your teaching, it's fine.

There are sketchy recruiters and sketchier language schools, but anyone who ends up surprised by a school's remote location or low pay is incapable of doing the most rudimentary research (which probably describes most ESL teachers).

Truck-Crash Life 

Into Infinity   United States. Sep 17 2017 21:04. Posts 1806


  On September 17 2017 05:31 bigredhoss wrote:
I think the most important question to ask yourself is how easy would it be to get your job (or an equivalent job) back if you took a hiatus to do something else and returned. If the answer is very easy, then sure why not spend a year traveling doing whatever. If not, then I would be super hesitant to leave. This is coming from someone who spent a big chunk of his 20's traveling and loved it.

Is it possible to make decent money in your field as a remote independent contractor? I would look into that if you haven't already and see what rates people with X experience/qualifications are charging.



first question, i think it should be pretty easy as long as i maintain my competency. the program i mostly use are SQL, excel, and tableau, all of which aren't hard (imo).
second question, yes it is possible, but more on the consulting side i think.



  On September 17 2017 05:45 bigredhoss wrote:
LOL come on at giving any credibility to what that dude says, he's like the epitome of trash American tourist. There is zero chance the average English teacher works anywhere near 100 hours/week in Japan or anywhere else on planet earth. I'm a eacher (not english) and I generally advise against going into teaching English abroad as a career choice, but if you want to fuck off for a year and have some fun while breaking even on bills/travel expenses and having low expectations for the actual quality of your teaching, it's fine.

There are sketchy recruiters and sketchier language schools, but anyone who ends up surprised by a school's remote location or low pay is incapable of doing the most rudimentary research (which probably describes most ESL teachers).



my expectations would be making shit pay (reading the average is like $35k USD or something) living in some bumfuck country town. i don't have many obligations right now (only debt is a car payment), so flexibility in terms of career/future is something i can afford. i'd be using this more as an excuse to go do something else than as a long term career plan and then go from there.

 Last edit: 17/09/2017 21:06

Into Infinity   United States. Sep 17 2017 21:11. Posts 1806

yeah i just watched some of that guy's videos and he seems like a real fun guy to be around.


 





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