I worked in HK at the new airport in 1996-1997 during it's construction phase. I've always planned on returning to HK and 2006 is going to be the year! However, my current employer doesn't have work for me in HK so I have to find a way back in the country. It appears that getting TESL/TEFL certified and coming over to teach ESL is a good way to get back in the country, although this would be a major pay cut. It appears that jobs I'm qualified for require local language skills, which I do not currently possess.
My return strategy which I'd like you to critique is:
1. Get TESL certified in U.S. and secure a teaching position in HK that includes Airfare and Accomodations.
2 Once in HK, network with expats to secure another position more in tune with my skills (customer training/professional services/technical support/vendor management)
3. Learn Cantonese and/or Mandarin in order to be more marketable