The Road to Shanghai
How did I get to moving to Shanghai? I blame it on George Michael and WHAM. It was 1985, WHAM was big and the first Western band allowed to play in China. I remember the video for Freedom and seeing China and found it fascinating for up until the mid 1980s very few places in China were open to foreigner visitors and here is George and Andrew in China! If George can play China, so will I! Well, that is not how entirely how it went but it sounds good in the post, right?
A favorite movie of mine is Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell). To quote Auntie Mame, “you have to live, live, live, life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death”. I try to adapt this motto to my life.
Todd and I love to travel! We visited China in 2007 and again in 2009. The history (5,000 years worth), the culture, people are wonderful! It is a booming country so much is going on. We said if we could live any place in the world, China would be top on the list.
We reached out to friends, family, and colleagues and shared our interest in opportunities in China and the reasons why. I didn’t mention the bit about WHAM at this point in time, but I did on my one of my recent interviews with the folks in China. I really think it is what got me the job. Anyway back on the Road.. I was told of a new business my organization was starting up in China that teaches Chinese children English. There are currently 10 centers in Shanghai and 5 in Beijing and has a plan for rapid growth through out China. My resume was passed to the team in China and I had a phone interview, unfortunately at the time there were no positions available but they said they would keep my resume on file. How many times have we heard or said that one? Well it was true! They meant it and did keep it for over a year later, I received an email asking if I was still interested in opportunities in China. That was June 2010. I looked on the web site to see what positions were posted (you too can look at the site for jobs if interested) and I didn’t see anything of too much interest… however when I was sent the job description for the role, it was perfect!
I am going to be leading the training team for the organization, located in the corporate office in Shanghai.
In Auntie Mame, Mame makes her mousy assistant, Agnes Gooch sub for her at a party, she doesn’t want to go to. Agnes comes back early in the AM and a little disheveled. Mame asks her, “Agnes, What happened?!” Agnes replies, “I lived”. Here I go, living this experience.