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Before the 90 Days of Our Lives, episode 14

Prince Joffrey, Varya & there’s something about Mary: Well, we’re back to the surprise visit with Varya, the femme fatale in a turtleneck, showing up on Joffrey’s doorstep and blowing our minds. Joffrey stood in his entryway with his arms crossed across his chest, nipple tats at full attention, watching his multiple leading ladies scream at each other. Mary feels like a fool, having jumped into a new relationship with Joffrey hot off the Varya situation, while Joffrey’s son Paxton is in the kitchen getting the jello pit ready for the catfight. Varya went into crazy Maury guest mode, screaming ridiculous things at Mary, who was still in complete shock at the surprise raging Russian’s appearance. Mary grabbed her flowers (presumably from the date night?) and took off, while Varya screamed obscenities at her, and Joffrey looked on from the doorstep. (Why do I have the sudden urge to show my inner “Fanilow” and sing “Oh Mary, well you came and you gave without taking... but I sent you away…”) Eventually Joffrey lets Varya into the house, where they sit on the signature bachelor pad brown leather sofa to discuss the situation. Varya confessed that she still loves him and flew all the way across the ocean to be with his nippletats again, not knowing he was trying to move on (guess the "ghosting" tactic didn't work…). Joffrey seemed to be confused, as he still has feelings for her, but what about Miss Mary Mack, all dressed in stripes? Paxton’s still in the kitchen on standby with the jello pit……..
Later that night, Varya changed into her sexy red eveningwear turtleneck (she packed one for every occasion) as she accompanied Joffrey to meet his friends for a night out in Knoxville. His friend group seemed just as weirded out by this ordeal as everyone else, as they are also friends with Mary and her little lamb. Joffrey and Varya explain what happened in Russia and the course of their relationshipl. She swears she didn’t say No to his proposal, but the frizzy-headed friend informed her that “You can't spell ‘Not now’ without “No” (Obviously a spelling bee champion…. Actually 2 no’s in that, but that’s ok. I recommend John Frieda Frizz-ease, $7.94 at Target. BGL prefers Aussie scrunch spray.. either way man TCB). Varya is feeling pretty awkward, but explains she doesn’t think she needs to share her man, or her “spoose” with any other women, even friends. (Sidenote: Did you know Varya had a hit single back in Russia inspired by her relationship with Joffrey, based off of the Britney Spears’ song “Spoose, I did it again… I played with your heart… got lost in the game. Oh znippletatz..”) If that wasn’t awkward enough, cue Mary quite contrary coming in hot, and let's give another round of applause for the production crew for bringing the drama. Znippletatz.
Stephanie & Erika Not Shmerika: Stephanie is packing up her luggage once again (they have shown her packing in every segment throughout the season, why stop now) with Erika long in the rearview, as she headed off to the airport in her snakeskin dress and cute pink blazer, aka the perfect comfy outfit for a 24 hour flight. She seemed upset about how the trip ended, and the range of emotions experienced throughout, but more so that she was going to have to hide all of that from her mother. Steph was greeted at the airport by her mom, her 2 adorable pups and her mom’s random friend. She described her trip as “exhausting” (an understatement), with the highlight being the koala petting that didn’t happen. The friend in the backseat, though silent, got to sit with Stephanie’s pug, who slightly resembles a koala.
Darcey & Stacey: The grown up overinflated Olsen twins are back together again, and start the episode by pondering which car they are going to trade in their Nissan Altima for; a Jaguar, Bentley or a Maserati. The car chat and their lips carry the theme of “bigger and better”, which seems to be the twin motto of the day. Somehow, they segway to the Tom situation, where Darcey (while wearing some Levar Burton Star Trek sunglasses...very vintage, very Ho11) claims she will make better choices when it comes to love, and then takes a strange turn to discuss the twins’ late brother, Michael. Next thing we know they appear graveside with a bouquet of sunflowers in hand, weeping as they talk to their late brother, saying they like to visit him after tough times. (If this Tom incident was considered a tough time, I wonder how many visits Michael got during the Jesse relationship!?! Let the guy rest in peace!). The twins talked about what a great friend and brother Michael was, and how he also “Loved love” like they do.Turns out Darcey’s key mailing outfit also doubles as a cemetery visiting outfit. Are we categorically done and dusted yet?! (Also, my sympathies….)
BGL & Assman: In the almost honeymoon suite, BGL is angry, yet again, at Oozemon, this time because he has yet to propose to her and their wedding is tomorrow. Assman explains that he hasn’t had a chance to propose, since 99% of the time they are fighting, and the other 1% someone is using the poop bucket. They had a private conversation in the hotel hallway (definitely more private than in the confines of the hotel room), where BGL explained how much an in-person proposal meant to her, and how getting engaged the day before her wedding was going to make everyone think she’s “knocked up”. (I know that’s exactly what I was thinking……) Being the hopeless romantic he is, he explained they need to be able to tolerate each other, before they hugged it out and returned to the Arizona suite. With not much time left towards the wedding countdown and Usman’s family due any minute, the groom-to-be saw an opportunity, and took it. While Lisa was yelling at him about a hairbrush from the Kaduna High Quality Inn’s bathroom, he waited patiently outside the doorway on bended knee, presenting a ring symbolizing their eternal aggravation. BGL cried tears of joy, elated with the proposal and nestling Usman’s head against her possibly “knocked up” belly.
Family Usman arrived at the hotel lobby, ready for the festivities. Sojamom was itching to pray, so they headed upstairs, noting why this Kaduna High Quality Inn got such better reviews than the other hotels in the area (5 stars for most realistic sheep statues. Let’s hope SojaMom doesn’t try to take home the sheep statues to keep Barney company!). Before Mommasojaboy could pray, she had to pray to the porcelain Gods, by way of an “Ablution”, which means cleaning yourself off in the toilet. (See? The show is educational, Ma! I swear!). Mother Sojaboy got to go first, by sticking her foot in the crapper and spraying it with a toilet hose. Next up was Baby Fiance girl Lisa’s turn, who we knew was a potty mouth, but now is officially also a potty foot. After family prayer time, the lovely couple and Assman’s elder brothers sat poolside to discuss the couple’s marital problems. Sojaboy feels Lisa tries to control him, while his brother’s tend to agree, and explained to Lisa that Assman can’t be with her 24/7. This did not sit well with BGL (one could speculate the raging pregnancy hormones could be making her overreact….) and she stormed off, leaving a cliffhanger if this shotgun wedding will take place. Still holding on tight to my toaster receipt….
Avery & Ashtray, actually: As the trip is winding down and Avery is getting ready to leave Australia, she and Ash discuss the future of making their relationship work, now that they remembered Ashtray couldn’t leave his young child and move to another country, actually. They seem to have a plan to see each other for a few months at a time, that is, once Ashphault gets his Australian passport (he still has one from Mauritius, and you know what they say- Mauritius, Mo’ problems). They loaded up the Audi convertible for the last time as they set off for the “Melbin” airport. They had one final once over about their relationship and the next steps they needed to take in order to see each other again, though I have a feeling they will be koala-ing it off, actually.
Big Egg & no more Rosemary’s Baby: Ed returns back to the states with his middle school girl ponytail, and is greeted by his adorable tiny mom and teeny weeny Teddy.They’re basically a family of Polly Pockets. Teddy’s barks of joy could be heard throughout the baggage claim of the San Diego airport, as Ed greeted them both. He tearfully told his mother about the trip, and his current “single” relationship status. Ed explained the reason for the end of the relationship was because Rose wanted two kids, and because she didn’t trust him, conveniently breezing over the slew of insulting comments and gestures. Talking about his ordeal with his mom made Ed realize that he never gave Rose that No!No! Hair Removal system for her bikini area that he purchased on QVC……. He’ll have to visit those nice people at FedEx from the first episode in the morning.
David & “I’m still Lana from the (Eastern) Bloc”: I, for one, am thankful that David and Lana have moved past the stairs (three times watching it is really my limit). This week, David learned the magic of the translator app, which allowed us all to learn so many new fun facts (and some not so fun facts) about Lana… For starters, Lana UNDERSTANDS ENGLISH! She also likes to receive gifts and money from David but doesn't like to talk about it. David is going buckwild taking selfies with his unicorn Lana,(if you don't take a picture, it didn't happen!), and is already updating his facebook relationship status to “MMMMMmmmm”. Their first date seemed to have all of the makings of a true love connection until David had to talk about his Lana-pilgrimage, and she thought it was absolutely insane. Once he mentioned the part about the P.I. he had hired to track her down, Lana called it a night, leaving David all alone in his trenchcoat to sell some more bootleg watches. Back in his hotel room with his other girlfriend, Dell Inspiron, David used his suave emoji skills to communicate with Lana on the freaking dating app still, and smooth things over for a fun second date of bowling, which he says makes him feel “Jazzed”. The couple met up again in the square, this time with David in a rust colored collared shirt and Lana looking like a sporty spice in her flesh toned pink sweat suit. They headed to the Ukrainian Bowl-O-Rama where David bet Lana a kiss for every strike. Being a former professional bowler, he guided her hips to help improve her “form” (cringe-fest3000), and worked hard trying to score in every sense of the word. There was an entire montage of David bowling to some Jerry Lee Lewis type of goofy doo-wop, as the most bizarre Ukrainian version of the Happy Days. It was like watching your creepy uncle date a scam artist from the Ukraine. Lana laughed at David from the sidelines, until he actually got a strike, and it was time to pucker up, which she seemed outwardly repulsed by. After bowling, they set out sightseeing on the way to dinner, and David was abusing his selfie stick in the name of taking pictures for their K1-Visa application (there are few things sexier than a man with a selfie stick…). The two then head out for a romantic dinner (Lana still in her athleisure wear), where we learned a not so fun fact about Lana- she eats bunnies. She ordered an interesting gastronomical combination of rabbit pasta and grapefruit juice, which seemed to even weird out David, but surely not a dealbreaker. Shortly after finding out his dream girl ate Thumper, he asked her to come back to his hotel room. Sure enough, Lana turned him down, as she claimed to need more time (maybe 8 years of online Mmmmm-ing and 5 dates sounds more reasonable). I think David needs a website like “Weird Science”, where he can just build a new Lana and program her with more enjoyable features…. Like being impressed by his bowling skills, occasion appropriate outfits, freely giving her boyfriend her phone number, and does not eat bunnies…. I’m actually now questioning if she’d eat Morthra for dessert. Please translate and don’t tell me the answer if it’s “yes”.
Noticeably missing was Yolander, who was busy staring at a bottle of orange juice because it said “concentrate”. Or maybe rearranging her earrings in size order…. Either way….
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Any Data Analysts working in sport that could give me some advice?

Hello,
I am a student currently studying Exercise and Sports Science. I am a first-year student and when I do graduate, I hope to get a role as a Data Analyst or something along those lines. However, I have had a few Zoom meetings in one of my units with various different people currently working at NPL and A-League teams (soccefootball in Australia) and I have a feeling I may be studying the wrong course for the job I want to be doing when I graduate. Exercise and Sport Science is more based around coaching/rehabilitation rather than analysing data and working with numbers, although it is briefly touched on during the course. Looking into it further, people recommend that having experience in a range of coding languages and programs is much more beneficial for an aspiring data analyst. This would mean it would be better for me to do a Bachelor of Science majoring in Data Science and Computer Science.
In summary, I was just wondering if there is anyone out there that works as a Data Analyst for a sports team or works for a firm that teams consult, or even if some who works for a betting company as an analyst, could give me some advice as to what to do? What skills did you have when you were hired?
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China, Korea, and Australia introduce blockchain and digital currency curricula to boost employment potential

Three major powers are betting on the long-term potential of cryptocurrencies, digital currencies, and blockchain.
In separate developments, schools and publishers in Korea, China, and Australia introduced blockchain and digital currency-related coursework for graduates and government officials, guided by narratives of future opportunities and concerns of potential unemployment.
Australia’s RMIT offers blockchain course
On May 26, Melbourne’s RMIT University launched postgraduate courses in blockchain and cybersecurity. As the site shows, the varsity targets technology graduates and startup founders with the necessary skills for a new market.
WE’RE EXCITED TO BE ADDING TO OUR PORTFOLIO WITH TWO NEW POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH @IBM, @PALOALTONTWKSAND @STONEANDCHALK – THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CYBER SECURITY AND GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BLOCKCHAIN-ENABLED BUSINESS
The nine-month program will start later in 2020 and is delivered in partnership with IBM and Palo Alto Networks. RMIT notes the global blockchain industry is expected to rise over 80 percent year-on-year, and only “one in 20” managers are able to find relevant talent.
“Cybersecurity and blockchain technologies are emerging as business-critical skills and we are delivering the training that provides those skills in our workforce,” noted Rupert Colester of IBM Australia.
Australian National University, a top-20 school globally, also introduced blockchain law courses in collaboration with Ripple Labs earlier this year. The coursework explores the trend of legal framework and digital currencies while equipping graduates with all knowledge pertaining to cryptocurrencies and their place in global financial systems.
China’s parliament book
As per local publication Weixin last week, the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China (CCP) published a book as part of an ongoing series on disruptive technologies, which includes AI, blockchain, machine learning, and other upcoming tech.
Called “A Dialogue With Party Leaders About Blockchain,” the publisher aims to become a distinguished, trusted source on the topic of technology trends and markets itself to both party officials and the general public.
The book goes back to the early ages to explain fiat currency, providing readers with a definite overview of how paper money came into being, the creation of credit and lending, how debt plagued the world, and finally, a number of negatives about the current financial system.
Other chapters move on to explaining tokenization, ICOs, and an in-depth explanation about crypto-exchanges and their relevance in cross-border trade. Various regulatory stances and issues regarding digital currencies are discussed in the final chapters.
Last year, the country’s prestigious Zhenjiang University launched a blockchain graduate course, while Chengdu University started a Bachelors’s in Blockchain Studies this year.
Korea’s blockchain lab
In Korea, weeks after the government mulled a $400 million blockchain fund, a top-ranking university is investing in blockchain- and fintech-based infrastructure to equip graduates with necessary skills.
Daejeon University announced on May 26 the opening of it new fintech-focused lab called “Future Convergence.” Blockchain features majorly in the plans, with the university exploring ways to integrate the technology into smart cities, smart factories, and advancements in healthcare.
The university notes knowledge of blockchain technology and fintech may bolster employment among Korean graduates, who suffer the ill-effects of a saturated job market. Officials, using a China-Esque philosophy, believe the adoption of newer technologies will foster “talents for the fourth industrial revolution.”
Jobs prospects for new graduates are not great in Korea. A Reuters report from 2019 suggests thousands of highly-qualified students struggle to find work in the country, citing the presence of family-run “chaebols” and low overall openings as two major factors.
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What do you think the future of B'n'S vehicles will be now that there are no Falcon or Commodore Utes?

So, for all of the non-Australians out there (most of you), here is a quick rundown on a B'n'S:
Bachelor and Spinsters Balls (B&S) events are hosted regularly in rural Australia, known locally as "B & S Balls" or simply "B&S's".
They are staged for young (18 years and over) spinsters and bachelors and traditionally the couples dress up in formal wear.[1] Large volumes of cheap alcohol) such as beer, spirits, Bundaberg Rum and Jim Beam can be consumed. The activities usually start at night and run until morning, but from mid-afternoon people will start to arrive and the partying/drinking will begin. Country music is often featured at these events.
Historically the event was centered on country people trying to find a partner, but in modern times the focus has shifted to having a good time and meeting up with new and old friends, some of whom can live many hours away.[2] This has changed the atmosphere of the events to such a degree that the dress code is relaxed and many do not wear formal gear, preferring to dress in clothes from opportunity shops. Even when they are wearing formal attire, today most of the men (and some of the women) sport Akubras, boots and R. M. Williams gear. Some people go in fancy dress, for example, school girls, nurses, clowns or lawn bowlers.
It is not unusual for the modern B&S's to be run by ute enthusiasts[3] following minor Ute Musters. Ute drivers at the B&S Balls sometimes perform stunts, such as driving their utes at dusk and throw flames from the exhausts and do circle work). Circle work, usually banned, is where the utes are driven in tighter and tighter circles. Food dye is a regular sight at a B&S and is normally thrown on people (even when it is banned). A B&S Virgin (a person who is attending for the first time) is often marked with the word "Virgin".
After the event people usually sleep in their swag) on the back of their ute.[4] Usually the committee supplies something for dinner and breakfast the next day. Some committees run a 'recovery' where the ball goers move to a different location to continue drinking, having fun and sometimes participating in competitions.
Tickets can cost anything from AU$80 to AU$110 and usually include all you can drink, dinner and sometimes breakfast as well as little gifts such as ear tags, hats, stickers and sometimes condoms and lubricant. People will travel many kilometres to attend the balls, and the profits made from them go to charities and organizations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, Red Cross and the Australian Cancer Council, as well as local charities of the specific area.
These are an insanely fun event, and they are a rocket of a time. Plus I bet there's a good percentage of rural Aussies that were concieved on the back of a ute at a B'n'S, but either way, I digress.
There is a massive car culture around them, including a number of specialised bullbar manufacturers that cater in a large degree to people that want the B'n'S style on their vehicle, examples are Tuff Bullbars and SW Platt Bullbars
Anyway, the B'n'S Scene also has a cult following in Australian Music, with songs such as Cutting up B'n'S Style by the Sunny Cowgirls or Feral Kev & General Leroy by Jayne Denham being popular here in the country music scene.
However to the point of the post, I've been wondering lately, as the vast majority of B'n'S rigs have traditionally been based off the Ford Falcon Ute) or the Holden Commodore Ute or older iterations, such as the Holden One Tonner, I'm wondering what people think is the future of the Aussie B'n'S and Feral Ute Scene? What vehicles do we think would take their place?
I have recently started to see a number of Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, and other such dual cab utes joining the fray with wicked modifications to match the B'n'S Scene, but really, unless you get an older model, these cars are unaffordable for the average everyday 18 year old joining the scene.
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[Letter]

Dear Jordan Peterson
Hello, my name is Geoffrey, I am 44 years old and live in Australia. This is the first time I have written a letter such as this so excuse me if I share to much or not enough. I understand that you will be getting thousands of letters a week, some positive, some not so. Mine for the most part is positive asking questions/advice and of course about me and my thoughts so you know where I am coming from. I found you by clicking on the home button on YouTube, before this I had never heard of you.
My parents were ten-pound Poms, I was born in Australia, I have 2 older brothers and 1 sister, when I was 5 my brother was murdered. Not long after mum gave up work and decided to become a housewife, my dad had always worked long hours to provide for his family, growing up I remember sneaking into his bedroom just to see him sleep. Although I was the only one at home at the time he provided for the whole family. (my dad was a prison officer).
When I was 16, we moved to Tasmania as my parents bought a general store, sadly my dad lost his leg through diabetes, as the hospital was so far away I spent a lot of time running the store as well as completing school. On completing school, I had the marks to go to university however, seeing my dad coming home stressed I knew I did not want a stressful job so I thought I would work in a factory. However, working in factories I just could not handle the menial tasks. Some jobs I could last 3 months others a week.
By this stage I had met my first wife she was pregnant (my child), so we moved back to Tasmania as my dad had taken ill again we started to help out with the store. My brother had a heart to heart telling me to grow up asking me why I could not hold down a job? I explained it was mind numbing, he suggested I become a truck driver, so I took my test, fell in love with the job and never looked back. Sadly, I fell into the same trap as my father and worked every hour I could, I could be gone for three weeks or more, I had 2 children with my ex-wife, and we had been together for 10 years.
Our marriage ended because I was never home, I struggled with the breakdown, so I went to England for a working holiday. I met my second wife there; she already had a son (3) and had a career in the NHS. We have 2 children together and to allow my wife not to fall behind I became the house husband and she carried on working. I worked nights when we wanted holidays or had a big bill etc.
My intention was never to live in the UK, 6 long years later we moved back to Australia and for the most part its work out a treat. All 5 of my children live with us, my wife went back to university and completed her Bachelor of Nursing (something she has wanted from a young age). She has just signed up for a post graduate degree and I support her 100 percent.
Myself, I was assaulted at work 5 years ago suffering a broken neck and damage to my lower back. I have been told I will never work again due to the limitations placed upon me. I have had 4 lots of surgery trying to correct this. I try to look for the positives in life however not being able to provide for my family or do to much with them has caused some serious depression. Hopefully I feel like I am getting back on top with more good days than bad ones.
I have always had an interest in law so I decided to do a bachelor of law however, my wife was worried that I may not cope with the amount of study involved, so I completed an Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice through Victoria University Polytechnic that is a pathway to a bachelor of law at VU. I am now 53% through my degree. Sadly, with the Covid-19 our learning has moved to online and that is not working for me, so I am taking a break for the minute and enjoying the rest.
Australia’s First People
I have always believed they are their own worst enemy, after completing a legal unit on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (which is not a core unit) my thoughts have changed, I understand why some are upset when it comes to land ownership. The government have made things so hard I am shocked any group has managed to become caretakers of their lands
When it comes to Australia Day/invasion day (as some believe) due to the way Captain Cook took ownership of the land. For those that feel the land has been invaded and have no native blood in them, should they not hand back any land they own to the local tribe and leave Australia to the home of where their ancestors came from, or is that too simplistic? Are they not hypocrites staying in a country that was illegally taken? Are they not also part of the problem?
What happened to the first nations people back in the 1770’s from onwards was wrong it was barbaric and shameful, I also look at the convicts who were ripped away from their families for stealing a loaf of bread, sent to the other side of the world, never to return, convicted to hard labour, whipped on a regular basis and did not live much better and most cases worse than the local tribes. I think what happened back then to most people was wrong. I think in 2268 people will look back on us and may think we are barbaric. We do what we THINK is right at the time.
The stolen generation, again I believe the government were trying to do the right thing by the children however, some people either in authority or those in charge of the first nations care took advantage and were cruel. At the same time across in the United Kingdom thousands of young children were removed from their families and shipped to Australia and New Zealand, told their parents had died, parents were told their children had died. This is no excuse for the stolen generation. It shows the times and the way the governments thought.
On the outside I am very chauvinistic, racist, homophobic, the old saying is ‘I hate everyone equally including myself’. Growing up in Australia in the 80’s that is the way it was. Nothing was meant by it; you used words to describe someone, these same words are still around today. Now it seems you need to be in a box to use that term to tell that joke describe that person, when did the world become so sensitive?
I really do not care who is gay, what sex you are, what you identify as, what colour your skin is, I do not understand why your sexual preference, sex, sexual identity or colour of your skin should define who you are? What defines a person is their values as a person, nothing else really matters. Being smart does not make you a better person, going to church every week does not make you a better person, being homeless does not make you a bad person. Judge a person on face value on them, not because they are X come from X identify as X, we are all different and that makes as all unique. So if we are all unique how can we possibly fit neatly into a box marked Y?
In the Victorian Parliament they celebrated the fact that there was an equal number of men v woman. The first thing I thought of was, how many of those women truly deserve to be there, how many men that have worked hard missed out because of a quota, how much poorer will Victoria be. Then the next question needs to be asked, where is the disability quota, that needs to be at 50% and it cannot just be people in wheelchairs.
We have 200 nationalities just in Victoria and only 128 seats in state parliament. The Assembly has 88 Members and the Council has 40 Members. How do we get equality there? Once we get equality in one area, it must happen in all otherwise it does not work. To find the perfect members for council, their family must have at least 5 unique nationalities, preferably 2 or more disabilities, transgender and believe in one of the many faiths. I think that goes some way to ticking a number of boxes. Sadly even if we could clone forty more we would still fall short somewhere in equality. Equality is more than sex, more than skin colour, more than faith. Most people feel they have had to work for everything and have been discriminated against at some point in their life.
In Australia, they have started to increase superannuation contributions for woman due to the wage gap. With woman having children, working less, single mothers, etc, etc, they feel woman need greater protection. I am sorry but in Australia men do not get a say when it comes to children. If a one-night stand results in a child and the man says I do not want a child I will pay for the abortion and the woman does not want the abortion so has the child, that man is forced to pay for that child up to the age of 18 (21 if they want to go to university).
Where is the man’s right, what happens if he wore protection, is not ready or does not want the responsibility of the child? I understand it is the woman’s body, so it ultimately her choice. Surely part of that choice is understanding that the male wants no role in that child’s life so why should he be forced to pay maintenance when it solely her decision?
A couple living together for many years, a woman gets pregnant, the man wants the child, the woman does not, the man has no rights. So, to say the woman misses out on superannuation, it is solely her choice when it comes to children. If she lives with her partner for several years, automatically she is entitled to part of her partners pension. Why? because she chose to stay at home to raise the children, this is why she gets a higher percentage in the divorce settlement. The system is already set up in place for this. Even if a woman does not have children, she will receive a higher superannuation contribution, how is this fair?
The family courts are set up to favour woman in custody disputes, police will side with wives when arguments take place, we have woman only gyms, safe spaces for woman, so many places for woman suffering from domestic violence. Yet where do men go when they are attacked by their partners, where do they turn when they are raped, where do they turn when their partner kicks them out on the street, what services to they seek when their partner walks out on them leaving them with the kids?
Certainly, my generation you were taught to work hard and deal with your problems yourself, slowly there are men’s groups getting out there but, compared to what woman have? No wonder men’s suicide is so high.
It annoys me that you go to any clothes shop where there is a separate men’s and woman’s changerooms. Woman will be allowed in the corridor to advise their partner, which is ok as everyone is behind a curtain or door, but men are allowed nowhere near the female changerooms as it can make females feel uncomfortable. Where is the equality?
When a woman is murdered or raped or hit by a man there is this outpouring of emotion ‘Violence Against Woman’. Does it really matter that it was a woman who was raped, murdered, attacked, should it not be that a human life was lost, that a fellow human was assaulted or are we saying that woman are the weaker sex and as such need more protection?
Every time I see a news story that goes something like, first woman to… to me it always makes woman look weaker as if they have something to prove, in truth they have nothing to prove millions of woman are stronger, faster, smarter than me so on and so forth, in return I bet I am smarter, quicker, so on and so forth than millions of others. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. I loved horse riding as a kid, but I am not going to sue Racing Victoria because I am 6 foot 4 and weigh a 120kg. There is no way I could be a jockey.
I just wish we could get rid of quotas as all we are doing is dumbing down the world, draw up a set of guidelines and hold the people accountable that do the hiring and running the world. Let’s hope they are smart enough to hire the right people for the job and they are not blinded by what is on the outside. I do not care of the make up of my parliament. What I do care about is their policies and they are being held accountable. All they are doing is getting you to watch this hand while they pick your pocket with that hand, well that is my belief.
I really am enjoying your talks, not so much for what you say (although I agree with most of what you say) but how you listen to the question and answer the question without getting upset for the most part even when being baited. What a great skill to have and something I need to learn
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, once the world returns to its new normal, if you are ever in Melbourne and fancy a home cooked meal, you are more than welcome at my table.
Kind Regards
Geoffrey
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I Give Up!


There comes a time in a few people's life where they decide having a job isn't worth it. They get called lazy and foolish. But screw it, it's impossible to support yourself from one job. Now that the .0001%, not to be mistaken for the 1%(lawyers, doctors, engineers). Literally OWN politicians, and tell them not to allow people to be rich for there sake.
The minimum wage should be doubled right now according to Franklin D Roosevelt " It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country."

6 Reasons I give up!
1.) Low wage,
A company would rather spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on unnecessary workout equipment than give the receptionist a 5000$ a year raise.
The super-duper high expectations is why I give up on finding a job, every job in my community is either minimum wage, or slightly above minimum wage with extremely high expectations.
Job Expectations:
Job Compensation:
6 Reasons I give up
. The sad part is that they will require a degree, and you to be knowledgeable with a whole bunch of software, have 5 years experience, just for them to pay you minimum wage! If I was that talented then I wouldn't even be here!
2.) 40 hours a week is the minimum for full time. Now it's becoming more common to have 1 hour of your lunch period be unpaid. Minimum wage isn't nearly enough when considering the commute.
And if the coronavirus taught us anything about work, is that all jobs should have PTO(paid leave) and many jobs could be done from home!
3.) This isn't the 70s, 80s or even 90s. People can't purchase a house or apartment even if they paid 50% of their salary.
4.) Getting a "decent job" is not a safe bet anymore. Working is a risk, what's the point? I just searched bachelor's degree on indeed.com. And none of the jobs were offering more than 5$ more than minimum wage.
5.) Savings doesn't exist, most people are in debt, and the majority of people who aren't in debt will be those who got help from their parents, those whose parents died and left the property, or the lucky ones born with some wealth.
6.) Retirement, the deal used to be that you work for 45 ish years, and then you get to retire. Well, guess what happens when you push it back, In Australia, the retirement age is to be increased gradually to 67 years by July 2023.
In Denmark, the retirement age will be increased gradually to reach 67 years by 2022. From 2030 onwards, it will be increased a maximum of one year every five years depending on increases in average lifespan.
This means that it will become more commonplace for older people to hold on to their jobs for dear life, even if they can't function at the same skill set. What about younger inexperienced people? Well, they'll just need to wait for their turn.

My Solution?
I know it sounds optimistic, but I'm working on a blog that's starting to generate more income passively. I'd rather dedicate 50 years of my life finding a way that will actually save me from poverty, instead of being poor for the rest of my life, while giving 'the man' all my time and energy.
my advice?
Start a business, work for yourself, never have kids unless you can seriously afford them. A successful entrepreneur once told me "You should try to make at least 3 times of profit for every employee that you hire", "If you don't make money in your sleep, you will always be poor", "There is no middle class anymore, you're either rich or you're broke... "
P.S.
Screw work
PP.S.
All the people who will say "get a better job" or "just learn how to code", don't worry pal, the corporate conglomerate is coming for y'all next :P
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CHINA MEGATHREAD: SUMMER 2019 EDITION

ATTENTION, JUNE 2019: Work visas now appear to be centrally processed in Beijing rather than provincially, and criminal records in third countries might get your application rejected (!). It seems safe to say that the glory days of converting to a Z-Visa in Hong Kong are probably imminently over. Also, if you were not born in your country of citizenship and China doesn't like your birthplace, you may get rejected for that reason.
Summer is nearly here, school’s nearly out, and you know what that means: hiring season is in full swing.
Like Japan in the ‘80s and Korea in the ‘90s and early naughts, China is where bright young Anglosphone things go right now to make oodles of money. Salaries are higher than they are anywhere on earth except the Gulf states, and let’s be honest--who wants to make four thousand bucks a month in Saudi when you can’t buy any beer with it?
However, the process of getting to China is more complicated than it has ever been. The time to be interviewing with schools and getting docs together is now. This thread (possibly a series of threads) will discuss the kinds of jobs that are available, how to get them, and what to expect. But first:
Who is eligible to work in China?
Back in the good old days of the late 2000s, anybody (native English-speaker or not) could roll into the Middle Kingdom with a degree from the University of Photoshop, get a work visa in Hong Kong, and supplement their relatively meager salary with lucrative side gigs--all without anybody giving a fuck.
Those days are gone--and the available evidence suggests they ain’t coming back. To teach English in China, you must have the following items:
a) An Anglophone passport from the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. South Africans are a bit up in the air at the moment. If you’re South African and looking to teach in China, your best bet is to apply broadly, and only agree to a job if they will sponsor a Z-visa before you depart. If you do not have a passport from one of these countries, you are unfortunately not supposed to be eligible to teach English in China--but see below.
BIG EDIT. South Africa seems to belong to a weird grey area, also including much of the West Indies, where the school has to convince the local PSB that it counts as native English-speaking under the law. awanderingwill has met one Jamaican teaching legally under this loophole. If you are from an Anglophone country that isn't one of those six, make sure your contract says "English Teacher"--your contract defines what you do on the job in the eyes of the law, and you can be deported for doing things outside of that--find a third-party Chinese speaker to read the Chinese version of the contract to make sure it says "English Teacher"--and make very, very sure you have a Z-Visa in your passport before you so much as book a plane ticket.
ANOTHER EDIT:
From khed: "This is not true. A school I used to do HR for in rural Jilin province has legally hired English teachers from both the Philippines and Russia. Legit Z-visas. The Russian teacher went through the process last summer--degree from a Russian university. Various Filippinos with degrees from the Philippines have gone through the process in the past few months.
My understanding is that in shit-tier locations the list of nationalities is not as restrictive as elsewhere...According to some sources, it may be possible for qualified teachers from the Philippines and other countries to legally teach in a limited number of locations in China. Beware that unscrupulous recruiters may exploit this fact by promising visas that they cannot actually deliver."
BUT, from ronnydelta:
"I'm in a shit tier and there's 0 chance a non-native gets a legal Z visa here. It may depend on location but generally in 90% of cases it holds true. What might have been easy 2 years ago is now hard to do. We used to have Filipino and Russian teachers here also, 3 years ago but there was a purge. Now this city still has a lot but they are all illegal.
The local government has a website in which they issue a notification of resident permit or visa revocation and a lot of them are in regards to illegal, Russians, Cambodians and Filipinos working as teachers. They even have their passport number up on it."
NON-NATIVES: ONLY LOOK INTO WORKING IN CHINA IF YOU ARE VERY RISK-TOLERANT, HAVE A LANDING CUSHION AT HOME, AND WOULDN'T MIND GETTING TWO WEEKS IN A JAIL CELL AND A COUNTRYWIDE TEN-YEAR BAN. Just because it's possible for some non-natives to work legally doesn't mean you can find a way to pull it off--and the loopholes are getting tighter every year.
b) The original diploma from a completed bachelor’s degree done at an accredited Anglophone university. This might mean you start your job six to eight months after a spring graduation, depending on how long your diploma takes to be issued. Unfortunately, a note of completion from your university isn’t sufficient.
c) Either a 120-hour TEFL certificate or two years’ experience working as an English teacher. There is at least one municipality we know of that only accepts the latter, but almost everywhere else will take the certificates. This is the weakest link in the chain and it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s tightened up in a few years--but for now, a 120-hour TEFL certificate is just fine.
What is a 120-hour TEFL certificate, you ask? Why, it’s a TEFL certificate that says “120 hours” on it. You can buy them on Groupon for about thirty or forty bucks, complete some multiple-choice quizzes in an afternoon, and finish the course up in a weekend and have something just as good as a CELTA for visa purposes. There is no accrediting body for TEFL certifications, and China does not distinguish between providers. Remember, information you get from TEFL providers should be treated as a sales pitch; they want to sell you their services, so they may try to convince you that their certificate is better to others in some way. In the end, though, it's just a piece of paper used to secure a Chinese visa.
If you have two years’ experience, this can be proven with a letter from your former boss written on company letterhead attesting to your experience. This does not need to be authenticated, but it does need to be signed by your boss. You can get the visa with either the letter or the certificate, so if getting the certificate is a pain in the neck then you may want to just bite the bullet and get the certificate. Make sure you know where the certificate was issued for authentication purposes, and try and get one issued in the jurisdiction of your consulate.
BIG BIG EDIT: There is now apparently a SAFEA-approved course that is half online and half in China. Complete the online portion and receive a China-issued (thus, no need for authentication) certificate you can use to apply for the Z-Visa, then do the in-class portion over a week in the Guo before your job starts. The cost is 3000 yuan, or a bit under $500. Link. A big thanks to pdx_beyond for this one.
d) A clean background check from home, dated from no more than six months before you apply for the visa. Americans: sometimes this means an FBI check, sometimes state-level. Check with your recruiter.
Nota bene: if you are currently working abroad, you are almost certainly going to have to apply from home for the visa. It is sometimes possible to apply from abroad with a background check from abroad, but you shouldn’t count on it. Don’t assume you could just do everything by visa agency either, too, because you may need to come into the embassy/consulate at home to get fingerprinted. It's probably better to just go home for summer vacation then try to figure out the logistics abroad.
Before asking any more questions about these four items, please read this thread on Chinese visas to see if it is answered there. It’s a confusing process and some questions do not always have black-and-white answers. Play it by ear, but don’t be a sucker--there are plenty of recruiters who will happily get you over on a tourist visa. We will talk about them more in a bit.
Where can I work in China?
Basically any city over a million people will have some jobs available. Xinjiang, Tibet and some other majority-minority regions (like western Sichuan) are completely off-limits--no foreigners allowed.
The question is, where do you want to work in China? A city of two million people is nothing special by Chinese standards, and will not be comparable to a Western city of similar size like Pittsburgh, Adelaide or Lisbon. China-watchers talk about city “tiers”, from 1 (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou) to 6 (some random municipal capital in Guizhou). A slightly modified list of tiers for TEFL would look about like this (nota bene: approximate, definitely not cut-and-dried. Cities given are examples and are not exhaustive):
Tier 0: Beijing and Shanghai. The leviathans. Highest cost of living; high salaries, but not in full proportion to CoL. Lots of foreigners, so competition for the good jobs. You can get basically any Western luxury or dish you’d like here, so long as you’re willing to pay for it.
Expect living expenses after housing to be about 9-11K yuan a month if you’re neither particularly frugal nor particularly spendthrift.
Tier 1: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Kunming, Chengdu, Suzhou/Changzhou/Hangzhou. Metropoles (>10 million people) with a fair number of foreigners and lots of money flowing around, but not as much competition. Salaries tend to be fairly high (a bit lower out west in Chengdu and Chongqing). Most Western luxuries are available, if you want to go out for good pizza. Kunming is here competition-wise because of its near-flawless climate and low air pollution.
Living expenses: 7-10K.
Tier 2: Xiamen, Dongguan, Foshan, Fuzhou, Harbin, Shenyang, Qingdao, Wuhan, Changsha, Dalian, Xi’an, Ningbo. Major cities (>5 million), usually provincial capitals on the coast or so. There will be a reasonably-large foreigner community, but it starts to contract/get smaller at this point. Salaries are still good and the cost of living is low, but Western luxuries will start to get scarcer.
Living expenses: 6-8K...maybe lower. Vaeal reports s/he spends 3K in an average month, and you can certainly pull that off if you rarely go to nice restaurants or bars. For budgeting/debt-servicing purchases, assume 6-8K. The worst-case scenario is that you'll spend less than you thought and have extra cash.
Tier 3: Hefei, Zhengzhou, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Guiyang. These are usually large-ish (>3 mill) cities in rich provinces or large cities/capitals of poor provinces. Salaries can be good if you find the right job, but there won’t that be many foreigners and many of the ones you do find will be weird. (There are weird foreigners everywhere in China, but Tier 0-2 also have a fair number of semi-normal people). You will have a hard time finding Western luxuries, though there will at least be a Carrefour. Pollution is often quite bad (Taiyuan, Hefei). On the other hand precisely because there aren’t that many foreigners you may find all sorts of doors opened if you know your way around and speak some Mandarin.
Living expenses: 5-8K.
Tier 4: Leshan, Weihai, Mianyang, Changde… These cities are well over a couple million people, but they’re usually factory towns and not all that wealthy. Expect a small number of often quite strange foreigners to talk to, nowhere to get a good pizza, and not too much to do if you don't speak Chinese--except drink, the favored pastime of many weird foreigners.
Living expenses: 5-8K.
Tier 5 and below (aka Tier 88): Bengbu, Mengzhou, Suzhou-in-Anhui, Loudi. Basically, just don’t--unless you have an extremely competitive offer (unlikely), experience with dealing with isolation and something else to occupy your time. Definitely don’t if it’s your first time in China.
Living expenses: I dunno, how much do you drink? (You can always economize with the thirty-kuai five-liter jugs of baijiu at the corner shop, if you don't mind going blind).
Notice that a lot of the lower-tier cities are in the Chinese Midwest, in provinces like Shanxi, Anhui and Henan that are just west of the coastal provinces. This isn’t coincidental, as these areas are significantly poorer and suffer brain drain to the much richer east coast.
If it’s your first time in China, you should probably pick a Tier 1 or a Tier 2. Tier 3 for the adventurous or those with a semester or two of Mandarin under their belts. Don’t do Tier 4 or Tier 5 for a first job.
What kinds of jobs are there in China?
You need to have a job in hand before you can apply for a work visa, so make sure you pick a good one. The good news is that there are far more jobs then there are foreigners. They all pay pretty well by world TEFL standards, but there is a lot of salary variation.
Most jobs fall into one of six categories: training centers, kindergartens, public schools, private schools, universities, and real international schools. There are also summer camps, which are a special and somewhat risky case.
Below, all salary figures are after tax, per month, in yuan. You can usually also negotiate housing included, or a housing allowance that will cover all or most of rent.
Training Centers. Yep, everybody’s favorite Happy Giraffe. Every Chinese city above about a million people has a few of these, and they’re always looking for more teachers. Unlike in many countries, these tend to cater more to kids then adults--though there are training centers that focus on adults as well (like Meten).
Salary: Salary will range from about 13K for first-timers in poorer areas to 18-20K for those with experience in richer areas.
Hours a week: About 20-25 teaching hours in the classroom (“teaching hour” is often shorter than a clock hour). This is often combined with mandatory office time for lesson prep or just lounging around, up to 40 hours a week. Many centers open in the afternoon around 1.
Schedule: Expect to work longer hours on weekends and get two weekdays (often Monday and Tuesday) off.
Who’s qualified? Anybody who can get the visa is qualified for most training centers. They’re not too picky.
Age range: Often small kids; that’s where the money is. If you’re experienced and interviewing in a major city, you may be able to negotiate respite from kindergartners. Some training centers specialize in adults, and these are usually more competitive to get jobs at.
Pros: Decent money; materials usually provided (check on this); sometimes Chinese classes (of varying quality). Lots of “handholding” (at the major centers, at least).
Cons: Profit motive can make your bosses cutthroat or even imbecilically short-sighted. You will be working when the rest of the world has time off (evenings and weekends), which can be hard on your social life. You don't get long, luxurious winter and summer holidays like with universities and schools.
Public Schools. Public primary, middle and high schools in major cities. There are a lot of these jobs, but they can be hard to find. Expect a salary cut offset by lower hours.
Salary: May be as low as 8k or as high as 12-13K...sometimes 15 or 16K in richer cities. I don’t think I’ve ever seen higher than that. Housing is often included but may be on campus with attendent curfew (!)--you might want to ask for a housing allowance instead, if they’ll offer one.
Hours a week: 20 teaching hours is normal. Luckily, you usually don’t have many office hours; if your first class isn’t until noon, you can sleep in, and if your last class ends at 11:30 you can go downtown for lunch. This is not universal, so check.
Schedule: 9-5, Monday to Friday.
Who’s qualified? Outside of the very biggest and richest cities, usually anybody. You may not be able to get a job at the best school in the city, but you can usually find one at a school in the city.
Age range: Sometimes primary school, sometimes middle school, sometimes high school; look for a school that suits your preferences.
Pros: Low hours, usually lowish pressure. Generally have paid winter holidays. Good jumping off point for private schools (and higher salaries).
Cons: Lower salary in comparison to training centers and private schools. Curriculum is often not provided, so bring your own materials and lessons. You might have very large classes (40+ students) and you’ll probably only see each one every week or other week. On-campus housing can be a gilded cage if you like late nights or bringing home attractive locals (or other teachers). 10-month contracts are the norm.
Private Schools. Private primary, middle and high schools in major cities, catering mostly to rich parents. Many will call themselves “international schools,” or “bilingual/foreign language schools,” but don’t be fooled--the students are all Chinese. These schools are often for-profit in practice if not on paper (not that they’ll tell you that) and are often at least theoretically in the business of preparing Chinese students to go to university abroad. Expect an easy job and often a highish salary, but a lot of office hours/deskwarming.
Salary: I worked at one for 11K a month plus housing, which was at least 2K less than I was worth. You can probably do better: 13-16K for relative noobies, up to the 25-26K point for licensed foreign subject teachers (!). Housing should be included, though it may be an on-campus gilded cage as with public schools. (I got lucky; my predecessor behaved so badly all foreign teachers were permanently banned from the on-campus housing).
Hours a week: 17-25 teaching hours (sometimes as low as 40 minutes). Sound easy? You’ll also have to be on campus from 9 to 5--they’ll sometimes let you leave for lunch, but find out about this. You may even have a day scheduled with no classes whatsoever every week--learn to program or work on your Chinese, because it’s not going to be a day off.
Schedule: 9-5, Monday to Friday. Admin may dangle a few hundred kuai in front of your face in return for attending Saturday morning marketing/admissions sessions; often worth taking if you’re not otherwise occupied.
Who’s qualified? For Tier 0 (Beijing/Shanghai): bona fide foreign teachers with licenses and experience. For Tier 1 and 2: regular ESL twerps with a year or so of experience. Below that, you should be able to find one that’ll take a fresh grad (sometimes with a pay cut).
Age range: Sometimes primary, usually middle and high school.
Pros: Respectable salary, low in-class hours. Administration often too incompetent to keep real tabs on you. Often paid winters, 12-month and 2-year contracts are becoming more common (meaning paid summers). Looks good on a résumé. You may also be able to talk your way into teaching another subject like math or history if you can persuade admin to let you do it (do you have a math minor, for example?)
Cons: Lots of deskwarming. You usually won’t be provided with materials. Your class schedule will often change randomly at short notice. On-campus housing can be annoying. Classes usually aren’t as large as at public schools, but you will usually only see each one once a week (and they’ll be of extremely varied skill level, which limits your effectiveness), and students are often quite weak or have undiagnosed learning disabilities or behavioral problems. If you can ignore these obstacles and be the charismatic, preppy face of English teaching, the administration will usually like you. Some schools only offer paid summers with contract renewals.
Private kindergartens. A lucrative business in China--aspiring upper-middle-class parents will pay good money to send their kids to Future Harvard International Kindergarten (the former workplace of an acquaintance of ours; he said most of the teachers drank on the job). Expect good money and lowish class hours with moderate deskwarming--perfect, if you’re the type to teach small kids.
Salary: Lower bound of 16K a month, upper of about 21K or so, plus housing, depending on city and experience. Housing will obviously be off-campus.
Hours a week: Could be fairly low. Kindergarten classes tend to be very short due to the students’ low attention spans; you might be teaching 20-30 half-hour periods a week. You’ll often have some deskwarming, but usually not the full 9-5. Other schools hire “homeroom teachers” -- you may lead a few lessons in the day, and other times monitor group work/activities.
Schedule: Morning and early afternoons, Monday to Friday. You might be able to get bonuses for weekend marketing events.
Who’s qualified? They’ll take basically anybody. The real question is, can you handle the chaos and enforced silliness? Many people can’t. If you can, you have a valuable skill set.
Age range: 3-6. Some of the nuttier ones will try classes with 1-2 year olds.
Pros: Good money, lowish hours, materials provided. Good starting job (if you have zero experience). Lots of opportunities.
Cons: Definitely not for everybody.
Universities. Many university students have to take English, and universities want native speakers to teach them. It is not as hard to get these jobs as you’d think, unless you’re gunning for Tsinghua or some other crazy elite institution, but you will usually want some experience first unless you’re going to a smaller city. Expect low hours but correspondingly low pay.
Salary: Depending on the institution and city, it might be as low as 6K, though these days 8K is the usual floor. More than 11-12K is pushing it for most people (remember, you’re paid out of the public purse). Housing is usually included, but it’s often on campus with a strict visitor policy--see if you can get a housing allowance. (Edit: I saw an ad on Dave's offering 16K (presumably after tax) plus housing. However, it's in a crappy industrial city in Henan, so there you go.)
Hours a week: Low--sometimes as few as 10 hours a week--and usually no office hours. The catch is that you will need to prepare all your materials.
Schedule: Weekdays.
Who’s qualified? Newly minted grads getting university gigs is usually restricted to smaller cities. Once you have about a year of experience under your belt, though, your options open up significantly.
Age range: 18+.
Pros: High autonomy and low hours. In the past, it was standard to fill your free time with lucrative side gigs to pad the low salary; this is much riskier these days, so don’t, or at least accept the risk that you may be jailed and deported at any time without warning. Students are often serious, depending on their major, and even those who don’t care as much are usually non-disruptive owing to the fact that they’re adults.
Cons: While you won’t be at risk of starving on a university salary, your ability to save or pay off debt will be limited. On-campus housing might be a gilded cage, you will have to do all your materials from scratch, and classes are often very large--and you don’t get a TA.
A regrettably necessary warning: do not think that you can get away with sleeping with your university students. Find another university across town and prowl at the bars there, if you really must.
International Schools. The shining Potemkin village on the hill of ESL, international school world is the most professional and best-paying sector of the lot. You’ll usually be teaching a mix of expats’ kids and very rich locals. The salaries are good, but the standards are high and competition is relatively fierce. Almost all of them want a master’s and/or a teaching license along with some serious experience.
If you’re a newly minted grad, skip this section: it’s not for you. But if you’re interested in working your way up here, read on.
Salary: High. 20-30K after tax plus housing, and more for subject teachers. Plus a round-trip flight home for Christmas and sometimes a couple of other allowances. Generally paid summers.
Hours a week: 20-25 teaching hours. Plus office hours in which you’ll be prepping with good materials, because you’re a pro who knows how to do that like the back of your hand.
Schedule: 9-5 M-F, plus whatever other events. Because, you know, you’re a professional.
Who’s qualified? If you’re reading this, you ain’t. An Anglosphere teaching license, plus two to three years experience teaching at a school at home, is usually the bare minimum. A master’s can’t hurt, but a license is worth more than a master’s. In Shanghai/Beijing schools often want 3-5 years+ of experience.
Age range: I dunno, what age group are you licensed to teach?
Pros: Good money. Professional development. A Western-style apartment. Bring your spouse over and get your kids educated for free. All that jazz.
Cons: Sometimes surprisingly poorly-managed, according to what I’ve seen of the reviews on internationalschoolreviews.com.
Summer camps. You can’t get a visa for these; they’re side work for a week or two in the summer. Almost never raided by the cops looking for illegal teaching, as far as I know--they’re too ephemeral--but be prepared to live with the consequences if you are raided. Expect about 5K kuai for a week of work; if you’re teaching at a school or university these can help tide your summer savings over and give you something to do if you’re bored out of your tree in your little apartment. Most recruiters have a bunch of summer gigs up their sleeve and will be happy to connect you to one. Even if it turns out to be hell, it’s only for a week or two.
Other gigs: They exist, I presume, but probably 98% of all English-teaching jobs in China fit into one of the above seven categories.
How do I find a job in China?
So you’ve decided where you’d like to teach, and what kind of job you’d like to get. Unfortunately, for a first job, it’s difficult to email the school directly. Because the visa process is so complicated, you’ll probably need to go through a recruiter. (The exception is the really big chain training centers like English First and Wall Street English--those do their recruiting in-house).
Recruiters post on the major ESL job boards. For training center and kindergarten jobs, try Dave’s ESL Café. For university jobs, public school jobs and private school jobs, try EChinaCities or EChinaCareers. Recruiters usually have lots of jobs but focus on a single city or area (so a recruiter might focus on Chengdu or Fujian and have no jobs available in Harbin--but they will often know somebody who does). There are also WeChat job groups; find a city’s expat WeChat group on Google, ask around in it for the jobs group, and advertise yourself. Be prepared to cut through a lot of dreck. (Don’t look for job groups on Facebook; the Chinese can’t use it.)
Recruiters in China usually range from shrewd to outright duplicitous. Read this guide before plunging in. The main takeaway is:
  • Ensure you know what sort of job you want and have your recruiter find it for you. Veto jobs that aren’t up to your standards, but be flexible. No job’s perfect.
  • Ensure you talk one-on-one to another foreign teacher at any job you think you might want to take. This helps ensure you don’t end up at Triangle Shirtwaist English Center.
  • Ensure that everything that was agreed on is in the contract.
  • For the love of God, do not get on a plane to China unless there’s a Z-Visa in your passport. Even if they tell you they’ll send you to Hong Kong to convert a tourist visa to a Z-Visa. Even if they say they have an in with the local PSB. Even if they say nobody cares. Don’t do it. Don’t trust (but don’t be completely paranoid). Verify anyways. There are plenty of recruiters, so feel free to talk to multiple.
Feel free to contact our very own TeachInSuzhou, an American whom we know and trust not to fuck you over. He is a partner in a Suzhou-based registered recruitment agency that is known to vet positions very carefully.
What do I need to do to start the job?
Found a job you want? Congratulations! You have a two-month journey through paperwork ahead of you. This thread, written in February of 2018, is mostly still good--the process has not changed significantly. Read it, understand it, and in particular understand that things can change depending on where you are going and what your situation is (some provinces will take a state-level background check [for Americans], others want FBI; some consulates/embassies need you to come in to be fingerprinted, some don’t…)
Know for certain how you need to get your documents processed before you start. Getting one wrong could knock the process back months. Do not take the linked thread as gospel; contact a visa agency or the consulate. Even the recruiter may be confused.
Good luck! If you have questions, feel free to ask in this thread.
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I am married 30-year-old, make a joint income of $180,500, live in Brisbane, Australia and work as a Business Analyst/Product Owner in Software.

All amounts are in Australian Dollars
Section One: Assets and Debt
Retirement Balance: 9.5% from my employer (on top of my salary) + $17 per week of salary sacrifice. I have approx. $79,000. Not sure what my husband’s balance is, I think it’s around $55,000, he also puts in an extra $15 per week.
Equity: Around $10,000. We brought out house around 9 months ago for $749,000. It’s 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and 3 living areas around 10kms from the city. We put 18% down which we saved ourselves.
Joint Savings account balance: approx. $25,000 (this and all other accounts offset our mortgage so we pay less interest)
Joint Checking account balance: approx. $7,000 (all bills are paid out of this account)
Personal Savings: approx. $3,000
Personal Checking: approx. $300
Holiday Savings: approx. $2,200
Credit card debt: $0 this is paid in full every month
Student loan debt: $0 for me. I have a Bachelor of Criminology and a Diploma of Human Resources. My husband has approx. $30,000 left for a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting. In Australia, student loan repayments are taken directly from your paycheck at a percentage of your income depending on which salary bracket you fall in to. My husband currently pays 6.5%. I am still having money for my student loans taken out (only recently finished paying off my diploma and haven’t switched it off after the Tax Department screwed something up. I will get anything I have overpaid back at tax time next year but I will be switching this off soon and putting the extra money into retirement).
Second Two: Income
Monthly Take Home
Me: $5155.02 (This is after tax and loans. We get paid weekly so this is averaged out, once I tell the government to stop taking out my student loans this will increase to $5688.02)
Husband: $5112.67 (This is after tax and loans)
We do get a bonus option every year, but it’s not guaranteed and instead based on company performance. It is normally around $1000 each (after tax), but I haven’t included it in this diary.
Second Three: Monthly Expenses
Mortgage: $2964 (we paid this weekly, I think it’s around $70 more than the minimum as our interest rate changed recently but we never changed the direct debit).
Extra Mortgage Repayments: $1000
Home and contents insurance: $107.77
Retirement contribution: $32 (This is what is known as Salary Sacrifice and can reduce your taxable income). Our employer pays 9.5% on top of our salary
Savings contribution: $800-$1000
Car insurance: $128.63 for both cars (we own our cars in full)
Car Rego: $119.69 for both cars (this is paid yearly but I have averaged it out)
Debt payments: $0 we have no debt except our mortgage
Council Rates: $110 (this is paid quarterly but I have averaged it out)
WateSewerage: $95 (this is paid quarterly but I have averaged it out)
Parking: $99 (it is cheaper for my husband and I to drive to work than catch public transport as we both work for the same company)
Petrol: approx $360
Electric: $0 (We have solar panels on our house so pay nothing for power. We get a credit of around $200 per quarter but we are not cashing this in case we use more power than our solar panels can produce in summer. Australia is hot.)
Gas: approx $20 (cooking only)
Wifi/Landline: $69
Cellphone: $80 per month ($40 each for unlimited calls/text + 100gb of data each both my husband and I brought our phones outright a year or so ago)
Health Insurance (Mine): $195.05 (We pay this to avoid paying too much tax. My amount is higher because I am on a higher policy to cover pregnancy)
Health Insurance (Husband): $124.03
Pet expenses: $100 per month (2 dogs)
Holidays: $400-$500 per month. My husband’s best friend is getting married in Columbia next year so this will be an expensive trip. In addition to these savings, any bonus money will be going to towards this holiday. Sigh. Please don’t get married overseas.
Husband’s CPA Membership: $60.42 (this is paid yearly but I have averaged it out)
Groceries: approx. $600 (we budget $145 per week)
Subscriptions:
Netflix: $13.99 (My parents and inlaws also use this)
Spotify: $8 (for my husband only, he is on a family plan and transfers his parents each month)
Cable: $0 This is called Foxtel in Australia. My inlaws let us use an online version of this for free. My husband mainly uses this for sport.
Note: My husband (J) and I split all finances in proportion to our income. It is only in the last year that my husband has made a very similar amount to me. I transfer $989.62 and he transfers $971.54 each week into joint accounts to cover our expenses/savings. We are each left over with $200 to spend a week. We use this to cover anything we want to pay without questioning the other person (alcohol, clothes, beauty ect). Any eating out/date nights also come from this amount. We generally alternative who pays. This amount is a hotly debated topic in our household, but as my husband (the accountant) likes to say, ‘you gotta live’.
Section 4: The Diary
Day 1 (Tuesday)
6:00am: Alarm goes off. Jump straight out of bed, brush my teeth and have a 2 min shower while J gets changed and lets the dogs out/feeds them.
6:05am: Get changed into workout clothes, pack my bag and grab my yoga mat. Our work is running a free Pilates class this morning which we are both going to.
6:30am: Give the dogs half a carrot as we will be later than usual tonight.
6:35am: Leave home
7:05am: Get into the office and dump my stuff in our end of trip facilities (showers ect)
7:15am: Pilates gets underway and is great. We have a home gym so although I love Pilates I can’t justify spending extra money on classes.
8:15am: Pilates finishes and head down for a quick shower. The end of trip facilities in our office a great – fresh laundered towels and shower products. I don’t wear makeup when working so I am relatively quick.
8:30am: Back in the office and at my desk. Start looking at emails but get interrupted by a developer asking me to check his work before it goes into testing.
9:00am: Stand up. We discuss our sprint goal and whether we are on track which is looking good.
9:10am: Grab some fruit from the kitchen (supplied by work). Eat strawberries, banana and a mandarin while debriefing with the team. The company had a strategy meeting yesterday about a long-term project our team have been working on. There have been some delays with the project and the explanation given for the delays yesterday were blatant lies and the team are feeling very dishearten and pissed off. Our manager asks for feedback before another presentation is given to the rest of the company at 12 today.
9:30am: Grab my headphones and computer and sit in our social area for a teleconference, as all our meeting rooms are booked. Add my comments to the slide deck for the presentation at 12 while listening to the teleconference.
11:30am: Teleconference finishes. Look at updated slide deck and give two final suggestions. Ran to the bathroom before my next meeting.
12:00pm: Dial in to company strategy meeting. Presentation is much better than yesterday. Send off an email to clarify some points which were asked in the meeting.
1:00pm: Go to lunch. I have started ‘scheduling’ lunch in my diary for the last few months, otherwise I have meetings booked all day and won’t get a chance. I don’t function unless I have a break from my screen. J walks with me to get a Poke bowl. I get a raw salmon poke bowl with rice, cucumber, cabbage, edamame, avocado, red onion and ponzu sauce. It’s expensive so is a rare treat. ($17.90). My husband eats keto most of time so eats the same thing every day. He goes back to work and I eat with one of work besties.
1:40pm: Check some emails before my next meeting.
2:00pm: Attend a bug prioritisation meeting with our product manager for the next 2 ½ hours.
4:30pm: Do some more emails.
5:00pm: Head home. J and I chat about our days, we recently got a new CFO (my husband’s boss) so he talks about his first impressions. I complain of a headache which I fear will turn into a migraine.
5:30pm: Home. Dogs are excited to see us but are also annoyed that we are so late (we normally work until 4 and are home by 4:20pm). J takes the dogs to the dog park and I go laydown.
6:00pm: J is home, feeds the dogs and does a workout.
7:00pm: J starts cooking because he knows I’m not feeling well.
7:30pm: Eat dinner. Pork with mashed potatoes (for me) and broccoli (for him).
8:00pm: I head up to bed. Do my night time skin care routine (cleanser, serum, eye cream, moisturiser (without SPF) and face oil). Read for 45 mins and crash. I don’t hear J come up.
Daily Total: $17.90
Day 2 (Wednesday)
6:00am: Alarm goes off. J gets up, has a shower and feeds the dogs. I am working from home today, so I remind him to grab the parking pass out of my car and immediately fall back to sleep.
7:19am: I wake up to my alarm which has been going off for 4 mins. It turns out that the vibrating phone I was aimlessly looking for in my dream was my alarm. So strange. Have a quick shower, brush teeth, do skin care and head downstairs to my office.
7:30am: Pat the dogs who look blissfully happy that they will get to sleep on the couch all day. Water the indoor plants and get started on work emails.
9:00am: Dial in for stand up. Put out a few fires.
10:45am: Look up from my computer and notice the time already. Grab an apple and some water. Keep working.
1:45pm: Stop for some lunch. Make a quick pasta salad, put a load of washing on and turn on the dishwasher.
2:30pm: Spend the rest of the afternoon doing some bug prioritisation and emails. Hang out the clothes.
4:00pm: Send the team an email reminding them we are moving to Jira Cloud overnight, cross my fingers that all goes well, log off for the day and unpack the dishwasher.
5:00pm: Must have fallen asleep on the couch as I wake up to J coming home and the dogs going nuts. J takes the dogs to the park.
5:20pm: J gets home and I feed the dogs while he does a workout.
6:00pm: I cook lettuce burgers and we catch up on our days. J tells me that he is having a salary view tomorrow morning. He’s boss has already hinted he will only be getting a 3% raise which is disappointing and still puts him under market rate for his role. We run through the best ways to respond to what they offer but push for more.
7:00pm: After dinner J goes into the office to keep working. I watch the new Travis Scott NETFLIX special and head to bed around 9:30.
Daily Total: $0
Day 3 (Thursday)
6:00am: Alarm goes off. I get up first, brush teeth, have a shower and do skin care. I feed the dogs and cuddle with them until it’s time to leave.
6:45am: Leave home for work.
7:20am: Arrive at work. Notice a few things wrong with Jira Cloud so submit some tickets to get these fixed. Review some changes before they go into testing.
9:00am: Stand up. We discuss a card which has failed testing a few times and how we can get it finished before tomorrow. After stand up I review a few more changes before my first meeting.
9:30am: Have a meeting with some external contractors for a government project we are working on.
11:30am: Meeting goes for an hour longer than expected. It’s a miracle we weren’t kicked out of our meeting room.
12:00pm: Go to lunch with the rest of the product team. We head to Japanese and I get a chicken karaage burger with spicy fries ($12.00). Burger is average and I am sad because I normally have 50cent wings from the pub downstairs on Thursdays and they are way better.
1:00pm: Finally back at my desk for the first time all day. Deal with some urgent emails which have come through.
2:00pm: Go to a roadmap meeting. Come out with 5 actions due by next Tuesday. Finish one of these before the end of the day.
3:30pm: Received an email earlier today about a salary review so our department lead grabs me for a chat with my new boss (of about 2 weeks). I only get $1500.00 which is an 1.64% increase. I am annoyed but was expecting it. They explain that all the salary increases are in the range of 0 - 3% this year. I question why I am not on the higher percentage scale or what I can do to get there, and they never really answer the question. I walk out feeling frustrated, but I have come to expect this ever since the company was brought by a private equity firm a few years ago.
4:15pm: Leave work and J and I exchange stories about how our reviews went. He received a $3,000 pay raise. We are both frustrated, and he tells me that he asked for his to be reviewed.
4:40pm: Get home and chill with the dogs for a bit.
5:20pm: Feed the dogs.
5:45pm: We head to my parents for dinner. They only live 10 mins a way so we often go to dinner on Thursday nights.
6:30pm: My brother arrives. The dogs eat a bone while we eat Panang Chicken Stir Fry and rice. It’s tasty.
8:30pm: Head home with 2 very sleepy dogs.
8:40pm: I head straight up to bed. Brush my teeth, do my skin care and fall asleep straight away. J stays up for a little longer.
Daily Total: $12.00
Day 4: Friday
6:00am: Alarm goes off and I thank God it’s Friday. Get up, brush my teeth, have a shower and do my skin care routine.
6:15am: Feed the dogs and water the plants. Play two-dots on my phone before J is ready to leave.
6:45am: Give the dogs half a carrot each and leave for work.
7:20am: Arrive at work. J and I play a game of ping pong for a Friday morning pick me up.
7:30am: Work on some backlog times until stand up.
9:00am: Stand up. Everything is done so it takes approximately 1 min. The rest of the morning is spent in various meetings.
11:45am: Run down and get a chicken wrap ($12.25) before my next meeting. Spend the rest of the day in meetings.
4:30pm: J and I leave work. He tells me he hasn’t heard anything else about his pay review.
5:00pm: Get home to two happy dogs. J has a beer and chills by himself on the back patio. I play on my phone:
6:00pm: Leave home to go to J’s sisters for dinner. His parents are already there when we arrive. The dogs are happy to see their dog cousin and
7:30pm: We cook a BBQ of burgers, salad and chips. After dinner we play some board games, drink wines and vent about our jobs. We get home about 10:30pm and go straight to bed.
Daily Total: $12.25
Day 5: Saturday
6:30am: I hear one of the dogs bark softly which is his way of letting us know they are awake. Go downstairs to feed the pups and cuddle on the couch with them for 30 mins.
7:00am: Start cleaning the house. Our vacuum works for a total of 2 mins and then dies so I sweep the rest of the house.
8:00am: J gets up so I go back upstairs and deep clean our bathroom.
9:30am: J leaves to go suit shopping for his best friend’s wedding next year. I watch some TV until my one of my old school friends, C, comes over for morning tea. She’s been going through a separation, so it’s been a while since I have seen her. We spend a few hours catching up.
12:30pm: C leaves and I do some work in the office for a few hours.
2:00pm: J calls and asks if I want him to pick up some lunch. I order sushi and he picks it up on the way home ($22.00).
2:30pm: Catch up with J about how suit shopping went. He said they saw a good one for around $450 which is great compared to what he spent for our wedding (double). Keep working until around 5:30 and lie down for 30 mins.
6:00pm: Have a shower and put on some make up. I am taking J to dinner because I lost a bet about building Ikea furniture.
7:10pm: We catch the train into the city. We pay using our prepaid transport passes but it would normally be $3.22 each.
7:40pm: Walk 10 mins to the restaurant and they seat us on the balcony overlooking the river. We sit next to a heater so it’s perfect. We talk about our lives and what a tough few months it’s been. I had a miscarriage 2 months ago (our first pregnancy) so we are navigating a new normal. It has been really hard. We cheers to 7 years together (next week) and being stronger than ever. I get a moscow mule and J gets a beer to start, we move on to a bottle of Malbec when the food comes out. For dinner we get: a dozen oysters, beef tartare and spanner crab for entrees. I get an eye fillet and J gets a wagyu rump for main with a side of cared cos lettuce. The food is good. The wine is better. I pay. ($327.20)
10:45pm: We take an Ola (ride share) home. J pays.
11:00pm: I almost never drink so I pass out as soon as we get home.
Daily Total: $349.20
Day 6: Sunday
7:00am: J’s turn to get up for the dogs today so I sleep in a bit and the browse social media on my phone.
9:30am: J gets back in bed for a cuddle.
10:30am: Have a quick shower, get dressed and grab our reusable bags for groceries shopping. At the grocery store we get: beef mince, sausages, frozen chips, milk, grated cheese, Pepsi Max, tissues, oven cleaner, bathroom cleaner, leather cleaner, tooth paste, paper towel, canned tomatoes, oil, a roast chicken, bread, wraps, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, onions, carrots, strawberries, chips, salad dressing ($157.66).
11:30am: We get home, unpack the groceries and make a chicken sandwich for brunch.
12:00pm: J gets ready to go to a fantasy draft (literally the first of 5 he has on this week). He loves NFL despite not having any connection to America. He routes for the Atlanta Falcons so it hasn’t been the best few years.
1:00pm: J leaves and I put on a Lord of Rings and work through it. I cross most things off my to do list.
5:00pm: I make an early dinner of spaghetti bolognese and leave J some leftovers.
7:00pm: J arrives home and tells me their online draft screwed up so they now have to do an offline version. He spends the rest of the night doing that. I watch some TV and head to bed around 8:30pm. I listen to a sleep session on the headspace app and eventually go to sleep.
Daily Total: $157.66
Day 7: Monday
6:00am: Alarm goes off. J gets up, has a shower and feeds the dogs. I follow closely behind with same routine as every other morning.
6:45am: Leave the house for work.
7:20am: Arrive at work, grab some fruit for breakfast and make a hot chocolate. Spend some time reading through a document we are submitting for a government bid this week. Rest of the morning is spent in meetings.
12:00pm: Head out of the office for some sun and to buy a Coke. Back in the office I heat up leftover bolognese and eat this before my next meeting. ($3.00)
4:30pm: We leave for home and the traffic gods are kind.
5:00pm: Take the puppies for a walk and feed them when we get home. J does a workout and I watch some TV with two sleepy pups.
6:00pm: I boil some eggs and make a caesar salad with pepper crusted smoked salmon. J and I eat dinner and chat about our days until he needs to start his next fantasy draft. I read and head to bed around 9pm.
Daily Total: $3.00
Weekly Total:
Food + Drink: $552.01
Fun / Entertainment: $0
Home + Health: $0
Clothes + Beauty: $0
Transport: $0
Other: $0
Pretty typical week except for the expensive dinner. We love food so when we do go out for a nice meal that is the average price. We only do that once every 2 months.
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Guide to authentication for China documents

Step-by-step guide on how to authenticate your documents for China!
The process for correctly authenticating your degree, TEFL and no criminal record certificates for use in China can sometimes feel convoluted or complex. There are several words which upon glance all seem to have the same general meaning: Apostille, legalisation, authentication, notarisation… what do they all mean, what do you need to focus on, and what steps should you take to make sure you’re getting it right? In this article we will help you understand the things you need to do.
Below, the three main steps for document authentication are explained. These explanations also act as a basic explanation of the main terms: Notarisation, Apostille, and Legalisation.
In this article we will help you understand the things you need to do.
Notarisation, Apostille and Legalisation Below, the three main steps for document authentication are explained. These explanations also act as a basic explanation of the main terms: Notarisation, Apostille, and Legalisation.
Notarisation: This is the process by which a document is verified by a legal professional known as a notary. Notaries are internationally recognised and regulated private lawyers who are authorised to check that certain documents are true and correct. A notary will take a copy of your original document an affix a certification to say that it is true and real, then sign and seal it.
Not all documents need to be notarised. If the original document was produced by a government body, you may be able to bypass the notarisation step.
In the case of a Chinese work visa application, the most likely documents requiring notarisation are your degree certificate and TEFL certificate. In some cases your non-criminal record clearance may also require notarisation; this is dependent on the country you are from.
Apostille: An apostille is an additional level of authentication which is required for documents to be accepted internationally. After notarisation (if it was required), you must send your document for an apostille by a government department such as the Home Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office or Department of State.
An apostille can only be granted for documents that have come from institutions based in the same country of origin. For example, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth office can only grant an apostille for documents that were obtained via a UK institution.
All countries that are part of the Hague Convention must accept apostilled documents. Some countries, including China, have not signed up to this convention, so an extra step is required: Legalisation.
Legalisation: This is the process by which a document is granted legal status in a country. In the case of a Chinese work visa application, your apostilled documents must be legalised via a Chinese embassy based in the country where the apostille was obtained. This is normally a Chinese embassy in your home country.
The 3-step process After your documents have been authenticated via the above steps, you should send a scanned copy of the documents, along with scans of all authentication certificates and/or stamps, to your new employer who will be able to start the work visa application process on your behalf.
The notarisation and legalisation process can differ depending on what country you are from, or whether you have any peculiarities that need to be dealt with. For example, if you have lived outside your home country for a long time, it may be more difficult to obtain a criminal record certificate.
Authentication processes for the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, South Africa, Canada and Ireland are outlined below.
The 3-step process outlined typically takes about 3 weeks.
Document authentication in the United Kingdom Step 1: Complete a non-criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
A DBS check costs £25
If you have been out of the UK for a long time (i.e. you have no verifiable UK address or bank account), you may need to go via the Criminal Records Office instead. This costs £45
Step 2: Have your degree certificate (and TEFL certificate if required) notarised by a solicitor or notary public
The notary will create a copy of your document(s) and attach a letter of attestation
Typical price: £30
Step 3: Obtain certification of your non-criminal record document
The document must be sent back to the issuing authority with a request for a legalisation stamp
The certificate will be given a government stamp recognising it as a true document
If this option is not available, you will need to go via a notary instead
Step 4: Have all your documents apostilled by the UK government legalisation service
Standard service: £30 per document (takes up to 10 days)
Express service: £75 per document (1 day).
The criminal record certificate must be the original. Copies will be rejected
Step 5: After obtaining apostilles, the documents must be legalised by a Chinese embassy in the UK
This must be done in person at the embassy. There is no postal service available.
Normal service: £15 (4 days)
Express service: £30 (3 days)
Step 6: Your documents are now ready to make your Chinese work visa application
Document authentication in the United States Step 1: Obtain a non-criminal record certificate
This can be done at the state level or federal level
State level checks can be done via your home state’s website
Federal level checks must be done via an FBI Background Check and normally take 2 to 4 weeks
Ensure the document you receive is signed by the issuing authority
Step 2: Have your degree certificate (and TEFL if required) notarized by a public notary
This must be done in the state the certificates were issued
Step 3: All documents must then be authenticated by the Secretary of State in your home state
Authentication must contain an appropriate seal, signature and clear wording
More information can be found on the Department of State Document Authentication website
Click the following for a list of State Authentication Offices
When submitting documents, make it clear that they are for usage in China, so that the official handling your case can use appropriate wording and formatting in the authentication document
Step 4: Have all your documents legalized by a Chinese embassy or consulate in the United States
Complete the following application form
Submit the form, along with your documents, to your nearest embassy or consulate
The form and documents must be submitted in person, or by a nominated person on your behalf
The legalized documents will be returned to you after processing is complete
Step 5: Your documents are now ready to make your Chinese work visa application
Document authentication in Australia Step 1: Obtain a non-criminal record check from your local authority
The certificate is obtained via a National Police Check
Step 2: Degree and TEFL certificate (if required) must be notarised by an Australian notary
You can do this via a notary in any Australian state or territory
Step 3: Have all documents apostilled by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Visit smartraveller.gov.au for more information on what legalisation services are available
Can be done in person or by post
Postal service is only possible via Melbourne or Sydney
Step 4: Have all your documents legalised by a Chinese embassy
The embassy must be in the same jurisdiction as that for which any notarisations were obtained.
For example, if your degree certificate was notarised in Queensland, then you must have all your documents legalised via the Chinese consulate in Brisbane
Step 5: Your documents are now ready to make your Chinese work visa application
Document authentication in South Africa Step 1: Obtain a Police Clearance Certificate from the South African government
Step 2: Bachelor degree (and TEFL if required) must be certified by the Department of Higher Education and Training
Step 3: Obtain apostilles for your degree, TEFL and no criminal record
Do this via the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
In some cases, your TEFL certificate will need to instead be notarised by a public notary and then verified by the South African High Court
Step 4: Have all your documents legalised by a Chinese embassy
First complete the following application form
Take the form, along with all your documents (originals and copies), including your residence permit and passport, to your nearest Chinese embassy for processing
Consult the following for more information: Cape Town Chinese Consulate FAQ
Step 5: Your documents are now ready to make your Chinese work visa application
Document authentication in Canada Step 1: Obtain a non-criminal record certificate Visit canadainternational.gc.ca for more information
In most cases you will be applying for a Certified Criminal Record Check
You will need to provide your fingerprints
If the check brings up no criminal matches, you will be able to obtain the certificate in 3 days or less
If the check requires any manual processing, or you are found to have criminal matches, the certification process may take up to 4 months
Processing fees are $25, plus local service fees which depend on your local jurisdiction
Step 2: Your degree, TEFL (if required) and non-criminal record documents must be notarized by a notary public, lawyer or Commissioner of Oaths of Canada
Notarization should be completed in the same jurisdiction as the Chinese embassy you intend to go to for the next step of the process
Step 3: All documents must be apostilled by the Canadian government
This must be done in the same province or jurisdiction as that in which your documents were notarized
Step 4: All documents must be legalised by a Chinese embassy
The process is done via a relevant Visa for China Centre
This must be done in the same province or jurisdiction as that in which your documents were notarized
Step 5: Your documents are now ready to make your Chinese work visa application.
Document authentication in Ireland Step 1: Apply for a Gardaí Police Certificate A Police Certificate is issued by the Superintendent in the District where the relevant applicant resides, or formerly resided, in the Republic of Ireland.
Certificates are issued free of charge
Step 2: Degree, TEFL, (if required) and police certificate must be notarised by a local notary public
Step 3: Have all your documents apostilled and legalised by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Application can be via post or in person
Cost: €40 per document
Cash payments are no longer possible in the Dublin and Cork offices. You can only pay by bank card, bank draft or postal order
Step 4: Submit your documents to the Chinse embassy in Ireland for legalisation
You will need to complete the following application form
The legalisation process is outlined here: China Embassy Ireland - Legalisation
Required documents are outlined here: China Embassy Ireland – Legalisation Documents
Step 5: Your documents are now ready to make your Chinese work visa application
Document authentication in other countries Unfortunately, we can't write an article for every country here. The above list covers the most common cases that we deal with here at eChinaCareers.
Most countries follow a similar authentication process to those explained above. However, there are some exceptions. For example, Brazilian and Russian passport holders are able to get their non-criminal record certification at a consulate in China without having to leave the country.
If you have any doubts or questions, the best bet would be to visit your country’s Chinese embassy website.
The authentication process can always seem a little confusing at first. Just remember to break it down into the three main points: Notarisation, Apostille, and Legalisation. With this in mind, you should feel more at ease following the relevant steps for your country outlined above.
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My JW journey. Some funny and some sad anecdotes.

First of all, I am an Ex-Jw from [Germany/Belgium/France]*, born-into. My story is very lucky, it almost only affected me positively, which is probably a very rare thing. I just feel like sharing, also because there are a lot of funny bits in this as well.
So I am the oldest son (plus two younger brothers) in a JW family, that is quite liberal. We were very regular in attending the meetings, but further than that we were a lazy bunch of folks. Father irregular, mother maybe 5-8 hrs/month of field service. Once and then tried to do some kind of family bible study regularly, but it never became a thing. But we were very convinced and openly discussing our religion with everybody.
Likewise I am (happily) someone who likes a little cringe attention and never had a problem in school with this. I had a lot of friends, and my two best friends are still from school time. I think a lucky component is here that my friends also liked discussing this with me. Here in Europe deist religious belief is actually quite a unicorn. People see religion more like a cultural/philosophical/evolutionary heritage. So we talked a lot about this, without making it the identity of our friendships, but this probably helped my parents to accept my friends.
There were a lot of things that were different in our congregation. University education was super common. One of our region bigwigs was a pioneer and assisting circuit overseer from our congregation, who was a grad from a good uni and a successful businessman. His yearly salary was (maybe still is?) between quarter and half a million euro, which he told me once whilst doing field service. This would be crazy money in the US, but this is crazy crazy money in Europe. But I said field service, I should have said car service. Field service with him meant to drive in his luxury car from one no-one-at-home visit in the middle of nowhere to another no-one-at-home visit in the middle of another nowhere. In the congregation we used to joke that he rented these houses to make sure they stay empty. Because in between these 3 visits of empty houses per hour we had to drive and while driving, he worked. Over his hands-free phone system. He called clients, suppliers, discussed prices, closed deals. It was the best field service imaginable and the business stuff was very inspiring for me. I think he liked me for being very interested in his business.
So skip forward a few years forward, with 17/18 I was an excellent scholar in circular reasoning but not really feeling it. I thought I give baptism a chance and then I hopefully feel some connection to Jehovah. Quite shortly after it, I still did not feel it. And then there was this tipping point where I was in field service with some pioneer and we got rejected at a door and he said "They really all deserve to die in Armageddon, they really had a chance to listen and rejected us". I blatantly said "honestly if I weren't born-into and behind that door, I would have done exactly the same". Saying that didn't really help. I also had my eyes on a girl from school so I took a bet with myself: I betted that this is all bullshit, against my own belief. I was kind of POMI, but just without thinking about it a lot. I just told my parents, I am not going anymore and I probably get a girl friend.
That was obviously a little bit of shock and drama. I was living at my parents house and I happened to have a whole apartment above my parents just for me. I just finished school and was accepted into the quite good university that is in our hometown. I didn't plan to leave until I graduate. Also my parents were quite proud of me and they always hinted that they'd put us kids/the family first. So it was a time with a lot of mixed feelings. Specially when my then girlfriend basically moved in with me quite fast after all of this. They liked her a lot and got very well along. Only years later my girlfriend realised what kind of potential trouble she brought them into. My father said to me when she moved in: "if you get disfellowshipped, we get into trouble". I said something along "hopefully I don't".
But yeah my girlfriend was quickly accepted into the family and I was not disfellowshipped. I later learned that my brothers were interrogated both in our hometown and when we were on a family trip to family in [Croatia/Portugal/Spain/Italy]*. My girlfriend was with us that trip and my [Croatian/Portuguese/Spanish/Italian]* elder uncle wanted to uncover this sin. My brothers were very quick to forget everything they knew every time they were asked. They were 11/13 back then.
But back to the funny stories: About half a year after I stopped going and my girlfriend moved in with me/us, JW friends of my parents (or "us" before I left) had an emergency. The house they built took half a year longer to build and was also more expensive. They were about to leave their rented apartment and also couldn't afford to rent again. "My" apartment still had an unused guest room and my parents offered them to stay there, with me (and my girlfriend). So my girlfriend and me shared a flat for half a year with a 35-ish elder(!) couple. They took over the kitchen and used it as a living room, my GF and I mostly ate at the uni or at my parents one apartment below. The elder and I played PlayStation (Assassins Creed) some times but he never dared to speak about religion. Sometimes my girlfriend and the wife met at the bathroom in the morning. After they moved into their house, they were interrogated by fellow elders about my girlfriend but they said they hadn't noticed she lived there. I had (properly declared! haha) parties in that flat, with a lot of drunken college kids.
So skip forward another 5 years, I have graduated with a bachelors, have had some internships and founded and crashed a startup, I left for a Masters at an even better uni in [Australia, USA, UK]* and my GF is still my GF. While all of this, I always had a simple rule according to my bet with myself: I don't talk about JW/religion. Not to my family, not to my GF, not to the elder who lived with me, not to anyone. That was partly useful for not being seen as a threat/apostate by anyone, partly just because I didn't know what to say other than: I bet my belief is bullshit, but I am kinda confused. I also did not know what was going on in my brother's minds and I didn't want to be the one disturbing it. But it was basically around that time where I saw my brother having this subreddit open on his PC. I did not know it back then, but I instantly realised the consequences. He was the one who then lead me to consciously deal with it. While I learned that my youngest brother also just stopped going (both never baptised), he now 18/19 was very scared of potential consequences that could still happen to me or him, i.e. the family.
My middle brother had to deal with a lot of more shit than I had. The congregation was very "caring" but also very suspicious with him. They wanted to make sure he sees me as what he should see me, the one who got through with it but never should have. He could not handle the fake friendships as well as I could when I quit, he had fewer good worldly friends. What woke him up was having seen all of this plus some funny things on top. One of his JW friends once called him when he got caught by the dutch police while driving under cannabis influence. He took a day trip to collected him and bring him home from the Netherlands. His parents, a very self-righteous elder couple who often gave my parents shit for me, obviously shouldn't know. That boy was assigned to be an attendant at a convention literally the weekend after. Even before that I happened to run into him in a night club. I accidentally bumped into him and he wanted to beat me up. Until he realised who I was, then he was all nice and friendly. Literally the only time I almost got beat up in a night club was by a fellow JW. A little later when his double live collapsed, his parents were quick to switch the congregation. They came from the neighbouring one into ours, where that liberal businessman elder ruled. Everybody assumed I had gotten away because he decided not to push to hard. So they hoped to get it handled the same way -- I don't know what happened since then.
But it did certainly not go that well for everybody, and my brother had some first hand examples. Amongst his new best friends was a young ex-elder who discovered Franz and lost a wife and family. But my brother actually still started to confront my parents about it. At first they weren't too happy but some doubt was already planted. For example they also knew which convention attendant my brother had to pick up stoned from the Netherlands a weekend before while they were getting shit for their "failed" family. A tipping point was when my parents saw a teeny-tiny news segment in the national main news about JW child abuse in the Netherlands. It was like 20 seconds, five sentences, without a video and without a lot of hysteria, which made it even more believing. They were shocked. They discussed it in the congregation but did not buy into the Satan did this bullshit. That's the same shit the Catholics are saying. Meanwhile my brother educated them about the details. What my brother did not know, there was an older case in the area of a JW actually gotten into jail for child abuse. My parents realised that it was because he abused two girls, hence two witnesses.
I am now almost 10 years with my GF together, we live in [Australia, USA, UK]*. Family is completely POMO, I freely talk to everyone about it now. Specially including my GF, what was kind of the last bit that was missing in our relationship. But funnily, I am still officially a faded JW. A big portion of the JWs I knew are awake and out. The overall atheist and humanist spirit in Europe probably helps but sometimes I think JWs could vanish faster if English knowledge like JWFacts was available in more languages. But even that is a temporary problem as younger generations tend to understand English better throughout Europe.
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