Take a deep breath, this is gonna be long!
So Astrofiancee and I were eating dinner tonight at our favorite restaurant, and she hit me with a question I couldn’t answer (actually a series of Q’s, but we’ll get to that. I hate this, as I like being Mr. Know it all!
Background info. if you don’t know (skip this if you know who we are/where we are from prior posts):
we are in Korea
Astrofiancee is Korean
we will be moving to the US at some point to pursue a “normal” life
So, Astrofiancee is worried about what kind of job she can get in the US. She is VERY smart… much smarter than me (NO!!! the teaming masses moan, How can anyone be smarter than Astroboy?? Sadly, it is true!) She has a bachelor’s in statistics (of questionable value, coming from a Korean university… another topic, and I don’t want to get back into the “Korea sucks” thread of a day or so ago in the Pit), and has been working for the past 4 years or so as a secretary. She likes being a secretary, as she absolutely LOVES planning stuff for her boss (one of my pet names for her is “Planning Girl”), and having her nose in EVERYTHING that her company is doing; so she wants to pursue a career as, maybe, an Executive Assistant for a CEO of some company. We have previously discussed employment prospects for her in the US, from my little knowledge of the area… her pluses: she’s VERY good at math and planning. She’s a native speaker of Korean (a plus if she applies to some company that does bidness in Korea). She is a VERY hard worker. Her minuses: her degree (will it be accepted by a US company? will it be accepted by a US, Australian, New Zealand, or UK University?), and her English!
Now; her English is pretty good, much better than the average Korean speaker of English (she understands most western jokes I tell her, and that takes (think about it) not only a good command of the language, but also a very good understanding of western culture! She loves “dumb blonde” jokes; and most of those require extensive knowledge of western culture… most Koreans, even those very fluent in English, wouldn’t understand why “she goes home!” is a funny answer to “what does a blonde do first thing in the morning?”… the culture here is very different). But her pronunciation is bad, and she needs more work with vocab. and idiomatic expressions before her English is good enough to really hope to work for an American company…
I know what you’re thinking: “But Astroboy, you teach English! Correct her pronunciation and give her vocab. and idioms lessons!” Yeah, right! Our time together is VERY limited due to our hectic schedules, and when we DO see each other we have a choice: language lessons, or get naked and screw/snuggle… guess which one wins!
So: to enhance both her English skills, and to enhance her skills in the secretarial areas, she has decided that she needs to go back to school in an English-speaking country. I’m not 100% thrilled with this idea, as I can’t go with her (just started a new business with a friend, and I’ve gotta see it through for a couple of years to either get rich or go bankrupt… “A promise made is a debt unpaid”); but I think she IS right about this…
Thus, her questions tonight: Where should she go to school (Australia? New Zealand? US? Canada? UK? Keep in mind that money is a large factor here…)? What should she study (or major in) to pursue an executive secretary-type job? What else could she do in the US with her degree/qualifications? What about work/study programs in the aforementioned countries?
She asked me all of those questions, and I answered:
ME: Shit, honey… I dunno!
HER: Well, can you find out?
ME: I wouldn’t even know where to start!
HER: What about those “Stray Dorkers”?
HER: You know! Those people on the internet that you ask everything!
ME: (choking on a bite of kim-chi as I try not to laugh)Straight Dopers?!?
HER: Yeah! Maybe they know; will you ask them?
So, (whew… this may be my longest post to date! Appologies to those who read all of this and found it of no interest…) anyone have any input? Or, can point me in the right direction to begin research?
This is important to both Astrofiancee and me for obvious reasons.
Thanks for reading this far (even if you have no input)!
So; anyone? Help please!