Dont think about it to much and just go for it otherwise it will be something you might be looking back in years to come and be thinking 'what if', and that is something none of us should do.I have worked for myself for the last 8 years now and I am only 28, built up my own business but it has cost me big time and I dont mean financially (although it has to!!). I work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, and yes its different when its for yourself, but when you start losing touch with whats important in your life then it means your working for nothing and wasting your time.
Ive sold my house, selling my business and getting on my way as soon as I can and I can't wait.It will all be here when or if I get back,yeah, might have to save for a house and start applying for jobs again but a year or two travelling will give me better memories and laughs than another year or two working my ass off.
What Lil Liz is bang on,just go for it, you never know, you might enjoy yourself and it will be your mates dreaming of doing it whilst you will be living the dream!!!!
I agree with the others on that one-look at it like this-you've got one life! there that sorts that little problem out, or do as someone else said try for absense without leave so you can return to that job. It may be easier to get another job after your travels because of the travelling itself anyway!
GO FOR IT!
If your worried your not reaching an unbiased demograph for advice on this website, perhaps you could visit some websites where career may be a high priority. I'm thinking the young republicians, accountantsareus or any Rupert Murdoch fansites.
"Money, Money, Money, Root of all evil"
Thank you, all you guys. It seems that most of you suggest to quit. I`m sure I will, after getting my bonus at the end of Chinese lunar year. But the thing is, I`m not afraid of quitting my current job and spending all my savings(very modest, to be frank), however, I feel very unsecured about my future life. I don`t know how`s the job-seeking situation in other countries, especially in those matured western countries,but here in Beijing, I`m facing terrible competition. With a Master`s degree and a year`s working experience, I`m still rejected often by good companies. It started from this August, I began to lose my confidence. Before that, finding a new satisfactory job was never a problem for me; I always have offers waiting for me to choose. But after then, I`ve been rejected again and again. Now I`m doubting about myself, my capability in working and my future development. Last night, I even made a dream that no company wanted me because they didn`t think I`m qualified, which makes me feel aweful today. A year ago, I was such a cheerful person, promising myself I`ll take trips each year. But look at what I am now. I could hardly recognize myself. Bad mood today...shedding tears secretly just now in the office. Maybe I can feel better later...there`re still too many work to do, and my boss is pressing me...my working agenda has been listed till next Feb.
Sorry, I made some grammar mistakes but I don`t know how to correct or delete my former post?
People can't actually edit their posts at the moment.. problem being that if someone replies to something they said, which consequently they chose to delete it would be kind of impossible to follow Just think of it as a conversation - you can't take back what you've said (but at least you get to carefully choose your words). Your post is perfectly understandable by the way
Now, regarding the question: It is a tough choice you face! As the others say though, the memories that travel brings will be forever. I'm not sure what the options are for chinese people heading overseas.. If you can find some visa that will allow you to work while travelling, it is an ideal situation to spend a long time away! You might even find that the overseas experience and an enhanced outlook on the world will give you an edge in some job interviews when you get back. Although it doesn't always works like that..
I'm heading to Beijing in March to try and work for a few months teaching English. Any tips?
Ken, I`m afraid you need to apply for an official working permission before you teach here. Try to learn some simple Chinese greetings in advance because the Chinese may feel glad on hearing them coming out of a foreigner`s mouth. It`s true that most of the Chinese don`t speak English, so you might meet with problems caused by languages. But that makes a trip more challenging,doesn`t it? Take good care of your wallet...I don`t know how long you`ll be here and what class of people you might meet here. People and things can be very various, just as what they are in other countries. Hope you can enjoy!
BTW, I fell down sick completely because I`ve been too tired and busy, and my body couldn`t help protesting. I took a day off, and strengthened my mind of quitting my job and travelling after getting my bonus.