Jobs in China---Very depressed, can anyone give me info?

For a long time now, I've wanted to have a job where I could travel back and forth from USA to China. Two things have prevented my taking action on this-- my stepfather was terminally ill with cancer for 4 years (he died recently) and also I was finishing my undergraduate degree in drips and drabs. I was thinking at first to get a job teaching, but this really isn't practical for me. I'm almost 40 and don't think I could make enough money to maintain a private medical insurance policy in USA (very expensive) while working in China. Please don't criticize me for this by saying I don't need to purchase insurance or that schools in China will insure me. Maybe a 25 yr old doesn't have to worry about medical insurance like I would at 39. If I were to get diagnosed with a serious illness I'd want to return home to be with my family while receiving treatment. Surely people can understand this. Everyone in my family almost has had a serious illness ...So being able to pay hundreds of dollars per month to maintain a good USA insurance policy is a priority for me and would also assuage their anxieties were I to live abroad. I thought that I could look for a job in my current field-- Customer service quality assurance and training. However, outsourcing of customer service isn't big in China like it is in India or the Philippines... and the few jobs I see on search engines are part-time, only. I really don't know where to start making my dreams become a reality. I'm almost done with my undergarduate degree, finally, and I don't know if I should get a masters in teaching or human resources, in order to have better job prospects. I've been studying Chinese for 6 yrs and can speak, read and write fairly well... but I'm not that social (not a lot of time on my hands) so I don't have any good connections with people who could advise me. Nobody in my life understands why I have this unrelenting desire to work in China. I'd like to travel to other places, too, to work but my primary interest is Asia. One thing that makes this whole process more difficult is I'm really established at my job-- 12 yrs-- so I really want to be confident in my decision before leaving it (again, I'm not in my 20's when most people flit around from job to job) and also my mother does everything she can to discourage me from the idea of leaving her (hence, the need to travel back-and-forth, not just permanently reside in China without any anticpation of return.) Does anyone here have any advice? Please, please *constructive advice,* only. Thank you. Thanks BSherman. Your answer is the most insightful of all thus far! I knew I could rely on you.

Asked By: Jebbie - 12/27/2009
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Jebbie, I'm in my mid-to-late-40's so I understand exactly what you are saying about the insurance issue. I also have two children who need insurance as well. For us, we were fortunate enough to sell at house at the peak of the California real estate market so we are able to supplement our Chinese income with our... More
Answered By: Craftylass - 12/27/2009
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Answered By: Lloyd - 12/27/2009
Your posting reminds me of the old Bob Seger song "Beautiful Loser". You want the security of your present circumstances, but dream of life in an exotic country. You just can't have it all. You must choose . . . as the song says... More
Answered By: BSherman - 12/28/2009
I fully understand you, just dont give up, your instincts is your best guidance. Have you tried approaching all the foreign companies, esp those from your country in China? They may have something open for you, get started by acquiring a list of companies from your country's chamber of commerce or business... More
Answered By: Don - 12/29/2009
hi there, i just wanted to offer a little advice, and i'm not telling u not to come, china can be a fantastic experience, i've lived here over 4 years, but if you suffer depression like i do it can be hell... More
Answered By: Kat - 12/30/2009
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