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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517050987
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- Publication Date: August 24, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B014EL06MC
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So here's my verdict: This book should be the starting place for anyone thinking of going home after a stint abroad.
In the case of 'lifers,' that decide to return after a decade or more abroad, it often feels like you are alone. But you're not. Plenty of people have made the jump before you, so why does it feel like you're in completely uncharted waters? This book is the first that I've ever seen that is directly applicable to people in this demographic, and I think it is entirely appropriate that it revolves around a survey the author conducted of returnees.
The book is not perfect. Namely, it doesn't discuss the importance of 'future-proof' second career choices that will be anti-fragile in the face of technological developments like self-driving cars and the like (a critical consideration for those of us with families that depend on us), and I would have liked to have seen the raw results of the survey for myself. Still, it is the first and only book in this narrow, but much-needed niche.
Now I guess I need to go back and re-read the blog posts that had me so turned off initially. It's quite possible I mis-read or misinterpreted the author's intentions behind them. Regardless, this book will help a lot of people. Read it as early as possible in your career abroad.
By the way, I read this book about 6 months ago and decided "I can't be an English teacher in South Korea forever AND retire at 65." After reading this book, I evaluated my options, started studying computer science and web development like crazy, and have had several interviews for software engineering positions. I would not have made any changes if I hadn't read Jackie's advice in this book.
I know that there are people who will end of TEFLing forever, but for the rest of us, her book offers good advice in a concise format.
While I admit that I have not read it, I have read the writings of the author on her blog.
She has repeatedly shown herself to be:
-a very poor writer
-attempting to justify why she doesn't like teaching in Korea as the fault of others
Save your money!