Getting ready to move and hiring my replacement

My apologies for not posting with any sort of regularity recently. I’m busier now than I have been in a long time. Part of that is getting ready to move – bringing dogs to the vet, packing things, selling things, giving things away, trying to figure out what life will be like in America, and so on.

If anyone knows a nice dog-friendly hotel in LA please do leave a comment. Other than that my travel plans are mostly set in terms of planes and things. Turns out that’s the easy part.

And the other thing that’s been keeping me busy is being put in charge of the hiring process for a professor to replace me (and another professor to replace a colleague who is being forced to leave because she is 65).

I mention this because I talked about teaching EFL as one of the jobs that requires travel and so maybe suitable for readers of this site with an itch to see the world. Interestingly, there are a ton of people with MA degrees and even a few with PhDs looking to teach English in Korea.

Some have relevant degrees like TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Applied Linguistics. Some are in the ballpark like English literature and MFAs. We also got several applicants with MBAs – all from the University of Phoenix – does this anecdotal evidence say something about the job prospects of their graduates?

It’s funny though – seeing the fierce competition for my job makes me wonder if I should really be leaving it for the unknown future waiting for me in the US. When I was 23 and leaving America to spend a year in Korea (who knew it would become 11?) I don’t remember being this nervous.

I was giving up a job in a car dealership that paid $8 an hour as opposed to a real nice job like the one I have now. And I didn’t have a wife. And I didn’t have many belongings I needed to bring (I left some stuff in America since it was only for a year). I did have a cat but I left him with my parents – this time I’m bringing 2 dogs with me (our oldest little boy died a few weeks ago and we’re really sad that he won’t get to experience America). I had a job waiting for me in Korea 11 years ago. And I was younger and more adventurous.

All in all it’s a totally different feeling moving back to America than it was leaving for what I thought would be a year back when I was 23.

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  1. Sharon says:

    It is a huge move and a big change, but maybe the change is what you need after 11 years in one place. Things are certainly different than they were when you left at 23, however.

    As far as the Univ of Phoenix, I don’t consider their degrees worth much. They love to hand out student loans, and their online courses are not very educational in my opinion.

    I found 2 pet friendly hotels, both near the airport. The Radisson and the Westin Airport do not charge extra for the pets. I think the Westin even had a grassy area off the 4th floor to take the dogs. Both are reasonably priced and in convenient locations. Another one, the Westin Bonaventure sounds good with no extra pet fees, but it’s further away, about 30 minutes from the airport. Unless they have a shuttle, it would be expensive by taxi to get there.

  2. steve says:

    For great info on pet friendly lodging, check out

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