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80s: Satisfaction more important than money

China Daily | Updated: 2016-07-25 08:05
80s: Satisfaction more important than money

Name: Jiang Yundou

Year of birth: 1983

Current post: University teacher of Japanese language and culture in Liaoning province

Length of employment: Seven years

I was fairly lucky compared with college graduates of recent years who experienced the so-called "most difficult period of hunting for a job", because I landed my current job in early 2009 after delivering only five copies of my resume.

Over the past several years, I have heard from time to time that some people sent out dozens of resumes in the hope of getting a single opportunity for a job interview. I've heard that some people struggle to decide when facing a choice among several job opportunities.

This just sounded incredible to me, because I had never experienced things like that. For me, hunting for a job was a short and relaxing journey that I quite enjoyed.

At the time, Japanese enterprises were having their moment in China and were in desperate need of people who could speak Japanese. I was invited to join them and was offered a very good salary. But I refused as I had been dreaming of being a teacher since I was a young student.

I like schools where you are always around young people. That makes me feel fulfilled and full of energy.

I strongly believe that leading a pure and simple life on campus is a better choice than earning a lot but facing tiring sophistication every day. Not to mention that you will have lots of time and lots of freedom as a teacher.

Everything is just perfect, and I'm happy with my work and life. The only thing that undermines this perfection, I'm afraid, is the slender income. But I know this is life. You cannot get everything, just like you cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.

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