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Jobs Round-up

Back in 1990, while visiting friends in Zürich, I knocked on the door of every English school I could find and asked them for a job. The reply was always the same: “We’d love to have you, but we can’t get you a work permit.” One even suggested helpfully that I find a nice Swiss girl to marry. It seems that not much has changed. The International Centre of Lomonosov Moscow State University, which is not in Moscow but Geneva, is advertising for English teachers with two conditions: candidates must be native speakers and also Swiss citizens, or at least holders of Swiss work permits. This will be one job where they won’t have any problems drawing up a shortlist.

At the other extreme, I’m told that some Australians see working in China as an academic equivalent of the French Foreign Legion: a way to conveniently disappear for a while and escape messy relationships, debts or criminal charges. This is no doubt an exaggeration, but China’s appetite for English continues to grow. The latest job offer comes from the English Language Center at Shantou University.

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