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Trying to decide if this is right for me.

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  • Strong-Oak
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    12 May, 2015 at 12:59
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    I’m in my mid 30’s. I just graduated from a military college with a pretty strong GPA. I speak a little Hebrew and Arabic and I’m a beginner at Persian. My major is, well, related to Intelligence. Unfortunately, there is a guy running the US government that has never even ran a hot dog stand before and he doesn’t understand that the baby boomers are about to retire and leave us with no experienced analysts. I have zero chance of getting a job in that field until either America gets attacked again or we get a new president. I hope the first doesn’t happen. So I have this highly specialized degree that intimidates people not in that field and I’ve been unable to find work for 2 years. I am quite sure that countries like Russia and China would be totally off limits for me given my background. At this point, I just want a purpose. I just want to do SOMETHING. I have absolutely no interest from employers here. My whole life has been spent in service either as a police officer or soldier – even trying to go into that field was about serving and trying to help protect good people all over the world. I’ve given up on what I went to college for and now I just want a good, meaningful life. And honestly, since I am starting very late on retirement after taking a break from investing during college and unemployment – I want, actually need, to make pretty good money. Some other things about me:

    – I have a bit of world experience. I grew up for a while in Korea and when I was a kid I spoke fluent Korean. I remember very little now.

    – I am a Native American, and having traveled and already being surrounded by another culture there will no culture shock.

    – I am not married and I do not have children. I have nothing holding me here.

    – I am not materialistic, but I do want to make money. I don’t want to come back to America 3rd-World comfortable and 1st-World broke.

    LeighJ
    Participant
    29 July, 2015 at 14:53
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    Hi Strong-Oak,

    Sounds like you’re in a pretty tough situation! Well, from what I’ve learned it’s possible to make a fairly good income from teaching English in South Korea. This is largely down to the low cost of living out there. However, I think the highest paid TEFL jobs can be found in Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia. The tricky part of working out there is the number of pretty hefty restrictions on lifestyle. I mean, alcohol is illegal for a start.

    Anyway, good luck with your job hunt! I’m sure something will come along if you keep plugging away at it.

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