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Q: Do you think a paycut is worth it for working at a company that is based in America?

Would it be worth it to fall 3,000 RMB under my original amount set to be saving after paying rent, if the company has offices in several locations in America (easier to find a solid job back home after leaving China), and advancement is possible to manager/director level [around the 3 year mark] positions in both China and America? Also, do you think teaching test prep/subjects geared towards overseas college entrance standardized tests, would allow a private tutor to have a higher RMB earning potential per hour than tutoring English to younglings or high school students that will stay in China?

 

The two major offers I'm considering now have identical salaries but one is in the heart of a T1, while the other one, according to the maps online, is about 30 minutes to 1 hour from the center of a T2, depending on mode of transportation. The T2 offer provides what seems to be a solid apartment from the pictures, but if I decide to move out, rent would still be very cheap in that area. So with the provided apartment considered, I would be probably be saving between 4-5kRMB more a month with the T2 than the T1, due to the cost of rent. 

But I have a feeling that the T1 might be the better long-term plan because I can work my way up the ranks and a big T1 city+more 'specialized' subjects could provide me with a higher earning potential from tutoring, which might outpace the difference in rent costs...Thoughts?

3 years 6 days ago in  Business & Jobs - China

 
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Tough choice. Both seem good. I would take a look at both cities and pick which one you like the best. Not looking at the job, just the city itself or province for that matter.  I would go with the smaller city since I find big T1 cities too crazy and expensive. Not that money matter to me, but the smaller cities have a nicer chinese feel to me than a T1. just my opinion though. Good luck on whatever you choose.

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Depends on the cities... and your ultimate goals. 

 

If saving money and learning about real China i the goal, then go for living near the T2. However, it may be a place with few Western luxuries or people. You may get lonely fast if you don't learn some Chinese.  

 

If you want to get bigger opportunities that could eventually move to a position abroad then go for the T1. However, T1 cities are very crowded, much more expensive and probably create more stress. 

 

I would go living just outside of a T2. Infact, I already do that. I live a few hours away from Xi'an in a lowered tiered city. They pretty much have most of the luxurious but far fewer foreigners. Also, I can speak some Chinese to get along. 

 

 

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One of the factors is your qualifications (which may include your passport).

 

If you think the T2 has a good market for test preparation, then yes, you'll be able to earn a BUCKET more doing that (depending on how you do it...), and if you have the time (ie, is your normal job M-F? Or Weekends? If it's weekends, it'll cut into the best time to do test prep)

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Any sh.thole is better from this one.

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Oh, one other thing I didn't mention.. just because a company is 'based' in America, that's pretty meaningless unless it's a HUGE company, with a STRONG management control by foreign investors.

 

Most places here are franchises, and thus can do their own thing (including racist hiring policies! Stuff that would be considered illegal in the home country).

 

Management here will also suck arse ... in all the ways that most Chinese run schools (and businesses) suck arse...

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I've asked myself that question 100 times, No. Still no.

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I'm curious what made you feel so strongly?

The comment system is strange here haha... That was directed at the poster who asked himself the question 100 times.

I have no idea about the management, but at least they are serious about me coming over on a Z visa and they seem to be very connected with the American offices.

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