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Q: Technically retired american married to a Chinese woman. Questions about working in China

I am a technically (As far as United States Social Security and My Former Company) a retired American.that just turned 60 I have Social Security and a pension do not need any support from the Chinese with Respect to Retirement Services.  My Wife is 10 years younger works and we live in Shanghai. 

 

I am a long way from sitting around doing nothing but watching people and seeing the sites.  I have a great deal to contribute and would like to work.  I spent my career as an Electrical Engineer and Very Senior Manager for a Large Company and did work in 65 countries.  But I spent my free time working with kids in youth groups.

 

So I am not looking for anything fancy, high paying.  I could teach English, Math, Physics, Business, International Business.  Coach Executives, teach 1st  grade kids how to tie their shoes.

 

I just do not work for free.

 

Any suggestions? 

 

 

 

 

 

4 years 29 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - Shanghai

 
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Jake, I don't think you should have any trouble in finding a job in Shanghai. There are many opportunities available and you could always start up your own project. However, I believe from last year there are some issues about obtaining a work permit/residence for people above 50 y/o. I met some retired guys working in Hangzhou as English teachers by themselves on a tourist visa. 

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If you have money, beware of putting yourself in a situation where people have leverage over you. Visa difficulties seem to exist mainly so officials can collect a bribe, or potentially scam you out of everything. Shanghai is a busy place, with its fair share of scammers. People can keep tabs on your activities, even get insight into your visa situation due to corrupt gov't workers. Get close with an influential person, and he may be able to get you a Z visa. Don't do any work in Shanghai without one.
If you're able to move away from that tier 1 city, into more rural areas, you may be able to work on another visa, provided you stay friendly with everyone involved, and the boss (you or employer) pays the hongbao/bribes. It makes less money, but is relatively safe. Shanghai has an expat bubble, but the locals are as unwelcoming as can be. Rural areas have more retarded staring, but people aren't so hostile, also no cops demanding to see your passport.

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you are qualified experience man, finding a job will not be very difficult for you, you can find some foreigner established schools or universities, you can try your luck over there, like xian jiaotong-liverpool university in suzhou jiangsu, nottingham university in ningbo or wenzhou, you can try the job section on this website as well. you can also visit 58.com for company oriented jobs or management kind of things.... americans have no problem with jobs as far as i know it. for jobs try nanjing , nantong and suzhou cities in jiangsu. do not move out of jiangsu. its a much better in this province.

 

you shall be aware of scam bags... never start a business with out having full investigation about the people, keep the money, live a simply life. never forget the Z visa when are you working... try to obtain the work license and Z visa both, the company or place you are working shall process both for you. 

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Look for students to tutor privately. Unless you get a work visa you can not legally work in China. Shanghai strictly enforces this rule. 

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Good luck.

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