So I now have me a job.
As all job applications go, this one was a doozy.
My friend texted me before the New Year to tell me about an academy looking for English teachers.
I thought what the hell. I have plans, but while I’m waiting for the plans to come through, I might as well get me some cash.
The application is as follows:
1. Submit your application letter, transcript and certificates.
2. Take a TOEIC exam. I’d heard about TOEIC exams. Korean students practically lay down their lives to get a high score in these exams. I took it and I found it hysterical. This is what you die for?!? Piece of quiche!
3. I had an interview.
4. I had a training (this consisted of observing teachers teach English as a second language).
5. I got the job.
But this is not the exciting part.
The exciting part is getting your health card certifying that you are fit to work with students (insert smile here).
This consisted of the following procedures:
1. Go to your local health center.
2. Look for the man who looks like he can more or less tell you how to obtain a health card, amidst the long queues of men and women belligerently and confusingly trying to process their own documents before the deadline.
3. When you have found said man, said man, after much inquiry will direct you to a handwritten poster on the wall (in pentel pen ink) about the directions.
4. Go back to said man to ask for form as poster has indicated on wall.
5. Leave the building in a huff when said man refuses to give you form to fill in since you don’t have a 1 x 1 photo ID card (No ID card, no form).
6. Go to nearest photo studio to have your photo taken.
7. Struggle to keep your last shred of sanity when the power goes out.No power, no picture, no developing of picture, no form.
8. Wait a few minutes for the power to come back on.
9. Realize that you must beat the deadline since there is a 10am cut-off and thus you must go there before 10am. It is now 9:45am.
10. Power goes back on so you rush breathless to the health center.
11. Ask man again for next step in health card processing.
12. Go to x-ray department and be relieved that you don’t need to have an x-ray since you already.
13. Get annoyed at the lady behind the immunology/serology/fecalysis counter when she looks at you funny when you jump around in joy, brandishing stool in a canister, because you have beat the deadline.
14. Go back at 3pm to have your physical examination, which consists mostly of a lady in a white lab coat examining your fingernails.
15. Go to next floor to get your health card.
16. Repeat after 6 months.
I now am a proud owner of the government health card that certifies that I am fit to teach foreigners English.:-)
I rest my case.