It's no longer a private thing, so I may as well announce that I recently signed a form confirming the fact that I won't be returning to Catholic University for a third semester. I'll be seeking employment in or near Seoul; my aim is to move back north to a sector of the peninsula that I can understand and relate to better. Even after nearly a year in Hayang, I can't say that I've gotten used to the local culture: not the mentality, and not the grating southern accent, which I still have trouble comprehending.
Some colleagues are shaking their heads: why tell DCU that you're leaving if you haven't confirmed where your next job will be? Is it wise to jump off the train without checking out where you're going to land? I can see why my colleagues might think that way, but I'm not overly exercised about my future; I'm confident that something, some opportunity, will present itself.
On the job-hunting front, I have a few irons in the fire—not as many as I had last year, when I applied to twelve different places, but that's fine: part of the problem, last year, was that I wasn't on the peninsula. This time around, I'm here and immediately available for interviews, and the latest place to which I'll be applying is Hanyang University's Seoul campus.* Hanyang is offering a deal that's comparable to my package at DCU: 12 hours of teaching per week, two 16-week semesters (plus possible optional vacation teaching), for a net monthly salary of about 2.7 million won (after taxes, I suspect it'll be closer to 2.3, but that's still a few hundred thousand better than what DCU pays).
So it's not as though I'm jumping blind. I have a few options before me, and I think something will eventually pan out. Rest assured, Dear Reader, that there has been a good deal of looking before the leaping.
*You may recall that I applied to Hanyang's ERICA campus, located in Ansan, last year. I need to visit the Seoul campus and compare it with Ansan's.