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Old 11-06-2012, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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How much you think 10-13k of savings would last me without a job?

Same expenses. Food, rent with roomies (possibly a hostel), CTA, phone bill. I wonder if a landlord wouldnt take me if I didnt have a job. Often times though, I find that that doesnt happen as much with roommates or non-leases. They just wanna know you can pay.

I would think it could last me at least 6 months. I should probably apply to temp agencies too.
This is your biggest issue. Some sort of sub-let, roommate rental type thing is going to be your best bet unless you can put down something like 6 months of rent upfront.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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Thats kinda how I feel. Like im running outta time with this. I dont wanna get to Chicago by my early-mid 30s. Noooooo way.
Well, if Korea is for one year, then you aren't in any danger of getting to Chicago by your early to mid 30s. It's just one year and it'll have better long term benefits IMO.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: NY
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I also think the Korea option sounds better since it actually fits with your long-term career objectives (rather than just being a year of hanging out in Asia doing the typical thing American 20-somethings do when wanting to spend a year hanging out in Asia).

If you're right about it giving you a financial leg-up, then it gives you that plus experience that will be beneficial for your career.

I know someone in DePaul's dual general+special ed graduate program who did the same thing, just in Taiwan. She doesn't seem to have any regrets about it.

Interesting.

I talk frequently with my brother who is on his second stint teaching ESL in the ROK. He said I need to act now, because the cuts are coming to GEPIK, SMOE, etc. I know about five people that have taught out there. Another person in Shanghai too.

Its the easiest option at the moment and honestly, a major perk for many people that do it is that they manage to save at least 50-60% of their incomes. So in other words, its realistic to come back to America in a year with 12-13k in savings.

Do I really need that much without a job, in Chicago? Obviously, any massive amount of savings is good, but I would think 12k in savings would be more than enough while finding work. I would keep costs as minimal as possible while job hunting.

Thats what I want to do. Gen Ed + SpEd. DePaul, huh? I may have to look into that myself.

I really wanna get out there ASAP. I would find a job here that would allow me to save about 3-5k and move sooner, but its 3-5k in savings, sooner vs. 12k in a year. Savings vs time. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:42 PM
 
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should I transfer out my low-paying retail job in a few months with about 2-3k in savings, or...
Make sure you can transfer your job and that you can get a place to stay before anything. Otherwise, it's a non sequitur. Also, have you applied for a Masters program in Chicago yet, and what would that cost?

2-3k isn't much after a possible first months rent and security deposit.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:09 PM
 
Location: NY
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Make sure you can transfer your job and that you can get a place to stay before anything. Otherwise, it's a non sequitur. Also, have you applied for a Masters program in Chicago yet, and what would that cost?

2-3k isn't much after a possible first months rent and security deposit.

Depends. Ill field the schools (UIC, DePaul), but the costs are too high right now. One reason for an ASAP move is for residency. Otherwise, ill just go online for it.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:56 PM
 
Location: NY
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Ive been reading and talking to a lot of folks about Hagwons in Korea, which do not have a great reputation.

Since its an employers market out there now, jobs are competitive, and hagwons are notorious for firing their ESL teachers to avoid having to pay their bonus/airfare, grueling working conditions, added rules, many things upon arrival are not promised or stated as in contract, etc.

Korea isnt the home run some of you are making it out to be.
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