Don’t Jump Ship

Since getting wait-listed a few months ago we’ve tried to remain optimistic that we would be leaving any month now. There were many public school options, all of which we applied too late to. Slowly but surely we’ve had less and less options. Our last chance, GEPIK, which supposedly hires year round (it doesn’t) has now slipped from our fingers. We are left with no other options but to wait until February of next year. Yuck. Or apply for a Hagwon. Eh.

During the past few months we have had an absolute heck of a time trying to get work with bad recruiters. In fact, we’re just plain scared and cynical of them after all of it. So when we went crawling, defeated, back to our original recruiter, we began planning a mutiny. Why trust anybody? We thought. Recruiters bring nothing but trouble. While we have nothing but bad fingerprints to blame for our wait-listing, we wanted to cover all of our bases this time. To prevent any shadow of anything going wrong and destroying EPIK for us again we were going to jump ship from our recruiter and apply direct. After all, we’re practically experts in applying and getting paperwork together now.

After a few days of deliberation we applied direct. Then we went out for dinner.

When we got back we had a lovely email waiting for us. An email that should be read in the tone of a parent who is about to take this parenting thing to the next level, “Hello. I have received an email from EPIK that you had contacted them to tell you were going to reapply.” …and where do we go from here? is basically what the rest of it says.

Come to find out, our recruiter has magic powers.

If we apply through our recruiter, we will be under some sort of poor bastards waiting list spell. All the poor bastards who were wait-listed last semester get magic benefits if they reapply this year.  But only if we apply with our original recruiter.  From what we understand these benefits mean we can have an easier interview or no interview at all. Then we just submit one document (instead of all of them).

That’ll show us for trying to jump ship.

To be fair, we didn’t understand what was going on because our past three or four emails have been trying to work out if we had all our documents or not (we do, we do, we really do). When we said ALL our documents, that may have been a good chance for our recruiter to step in and say, “all!? you only need an apostilled background check since we’re magic.” Oh well. The life lesson here is to remain loyal, if your recruiter is working out, stick with them.


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