Since you’re considering broadening your job search, why not broaden your destination choices too? In this particular case, however, there are a few very valid reasons to look beyond your ‘must-100%-live-there’ city of choice.
Now, sorry to burst any bubbles here but just because you’ve visited Shanghai before and think you’d love to live there, it may not mean you’d really love it, 24/7, with a 9 to 5 job and all the stresses that come with it. The city isn’t for everyone and that’s true of every teaching destination out there. Looking beyond the ‘usual suspects’ and into Tier 2 cities is a wonderful tactic for increasing your chances of getting a teaching job in China, especially when you consider that some positions outside the prime hubs can offer sensational working conditions and a much more relaxing and enjoyable lifestyle.
Moreover, don’t let the bottom dollar dictate your teaching destination of choice. Generally speaking, the highest-paid jobs are also in the costliest cities, so what you’re left with at the end of every month may be less than if you worked in a lower-paid job in a much cheaper city, and that’s something not many prospective newcomers even consider. Tier 2 cities are oftentimes ridiculously close to Tier 1 city: close enough to offer a multitude of travel options yet far enough that your life will be and feel totally different.
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