Reflections on my time in Busan for


A few weeks ago my friend Luke, who I travelled to Japan with a few years back and played football alongside while I was living in Korea, contacted me with regard to writing a lifestyle/opinion piece on my time in Busan for his new website;

I Speak English. I’m Not American or British…Can I Teach English Abroad?

This is a very common question I’ve received on many occasions…

I speak English and I even have a degree in English, but I’m not from America or the U.K. Can I get a job teaching ESL in Korea?

The answer to this question is…it’s possible. Anything is possible.

The main obstacle for you will be whether or not you’re from a country designated by the country in which you would like to work.

Though there are some other subtle reasons, they wouldn’t be hard stops for you. The reason I mentioned above will be.

I comment on this in my recent vlog and go into some other reasons why you’ll find it difficult, but also, why you SHOULDN’T GIVE UP!

The Perfect Other Job for a Photographer in Korea


As I briefly mentioned before, I teach English at a university here in Korea. This job is well suited for creatives and photographer who are working abroad and need to balance work life with their photo life. I say this because many of us are not quite pro yet and need a visa in order to work in Korea. After spending 10 years here in Korea and working up from hogwans to public school, and now at a university I feel that I can finally take advantage of my days. However, the question that I get a lot is “how did I get this job?”

Hopeful Wishing


I work four hours a day in Korea. It’s great. In the States I’d be working more than twice that to maintain the same income. Even more hours would be needed to realize the same lifestyle I enjoy here (nothing outlandish, I assure you). The Koreans with whom I work are not paid as much as I am for the same work. They work more hours than I do as well.

IT Job - PostGraduate Degree but no Undergraduate

Hello everyone,

my name is Filippo and I am an IT Consultant working in Prague, the Czech Republic, but originally from Italy.

Just to be short:
I have 5/6 years of experience in big enterprises, I speak English and Italian and I am a beginner in Korean.
I have the following certifications: Cisco CCENT, CCNA, CCDA, ITIL, HP Technical certified and I have a PostGraduate Diploma in Advanced Networking from an UK University.

My main problem is that I do not have a Bachelor Degree.
To a lot of people might sounds odd, but in the UK/GB is often possible to get a PG Diploma even without an undergrad degree, in case the candidate holds the right experience/prior education/certifications.

My question is: do I have any chance to get a Visa (if I will find a company, ofc) or is not possible without the degree?


At the university I teach the students to speak and write.

The conversation classes are the ESL equivalent of a factory line: the students face each other in two rows and drill common grammar forms into each other’s heads, switching places when they finish, the student at the front moving to the back and the rest of the students in the row moving down, while the students in the opposite row stay still. A large projection screen displays the sentence forms that the students have to practice, and alternating pictures ensure that the conversation always stays fresh.

[Twenty-One] Advice on Teaching and other Education Jobs in Korea

Dear readers,

I hope this blog entry finds you well. I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted on Chomsongdae!

It has been just over 4 months since I have permanently moved to Korea after years of going back and forth. Adjusting to life in Korea after living in Canada for over 10 years was definitely not easy. You won't be able to imagine all the adventures, challenges, and also fun that I have had here.

2012 Ranking of University Jobs in Korea

University prestige does not always equal job satisfaction. Here are some things to look for when hunting for an academic job in Korea.


“If you do a live radio show in the morning, nothing worse can happen to you all day.”

Open Miked in Busan

I’ve been very busy recently. It’s the kind of busyness where you’re basically on the move and working from the moment you awake after five to six hours of sleep to the moment you go to bed, seven days a week, and I’ve pretty much been like this since November. It seems like a superhuman effort for a foreigner, but it’s just normal life for many Koreans. Is it a sign my attitude is becoming Korean? And if I don’t care, is the answer yes?


4,000 Hours

A year ago someone told me that they’d read that it requires about 4,000 hours of studying to reach competency in the Korean language. I’d been struggling with finding the motivation to study in an increasingly busy life, and I seized upon this figure as a psychological tool which would give me a sense of there being an end point to my efforts to learn. To that end, I began posting a progress meter at the end of my posts to show my progress towards this fixed goal, fully knowing that any potential failure would be there for the world to see.

And I failed. With the year over, I’m just over 3% of the way towards that 4,000-hour target, which means that theoretically it will take me over 30 years to achieve competency in Korean at my current pace of studying.

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