Dr. Jane Yugioksing : From Treating Teeth To Teaching Language

 

I met Dr. Jane Yugioksing during my period with the GBF-CSP program last 2009. She has a wide range of experience in using Mandarin Chinese as a means of livelihood from teaching it as a second language to serving as a translator in movies.

These rich and wide ranging experiences coupled with her personal journey in learning the language serves as the initial salvo for FORTUNE EARNERS.

Now off to our first profile… Dr  Jane Yugioksing!

 

Background

Full Name: Jane Yugioksing

Schools attended:  St. Jude Catholic School  (Elementary & High School)

                                   University of the East, College of Dentistry (Tertiary)

Positions currently held:

Mandarin Consultant – Keys Grade School & East Asian Center

Mandarin Instructor – Ateneo de Manila University & Beacon Academy

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Making a Living from Mandarin


What are the different types of Mandarin related posts have you held? 

Teaching  Instructor:

Company  : Manila Doctors Hospital , JG summit and Philippine General Insurance

Schools : STI preschool, Phil Chn Lang Center, Asian Center for Foreign Language, Multiple                               Intelligence School, Benedictine Internationale and Enderun Colleges)

Projects : Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Shanghai World Expo Guide 2010, DFA Cadetship                            Program,  Department of Tourism )

Translator/ Interpreter:

Mano Po 1 & 2 , Lani Misalucha ( Loving You –mandarin version) IMI Incorportation, P& G               Safeguard Conference

Researcher/ Resource Speaker:

Yes Magazine ( F4 Fever) Kids TV Chinese New Year Special , Transcom Talk on Cross Cultural         Communication with China

Mano Po Movie

Poster for the Movie – “Mano Po”


Kindly share the nature of these posts (i.e what was required of you, how long were these engagements etc)

Schools : usually lasts for one year to a semester

Projects: usually lasts for 3 months

Translations & interpretations: lasts from 1 day to 1 month.


When did you engage in your first Mandarin-related job? When did you first realize that you could do this for a living or at the very least as a support to your main livelihood? 

Towards the end of my last year in Dentistry, I had a lot of  free days especially am done with clinic requirements, since I don’t have much to do , a high school friend of mine invited me to join her in teaching Chinese every Saturday at Philippine Chinese Language Center. I agreed to give it a try and was actually enjoying it, but I decided to pursue my career in Taiwan.

While in Taiwan, I felt exhausted from the working hours needed in the practice. I decided to come back since there was an offer to teach at Ateneo de Manila, Chinese Studies Program. From there,  I realize that teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language was actually a noble profession, as it equips people the necessary language skills and proficiency that they needed for them to pursue their chosen career and goals in life.

How did you get these jobs (i.e. referrals, job sites, job fair etc)? Which among these sources give the most jobs? Are informal means the norm when getting Mandarin-related jobs?

I think there were only two teaching  job that I really went for without referral and followed through with a teaching demo.

The rest of the work I did came from referrals so I guess referrals are one of the best sources. I’d peg it (referrals) as the source of 80% of my jobs.

I’d say that informal means of hiring was the norm before. But nowadays, with the emergence of the demand for Mandarin speakers in the workplace, there are already so may postings of job vacancies that are in need of Mandarin speakers, teachers and translators.

How much ( a range would be fine) these kinds of jobs pay? ( if there are different types of jobs, kindly indicate the range for each)

I  guess it depends on the kind of Mandarin service that is needed. Nowadays, there is a language premium attached to some types of work especially in call centers.

Mandarin is one of the highest paid language and would usually not rate lower than Php50,000/month in a call centre.

What are the different perks of these jobs that are not widely known by the public (i.e. traveling, meeting public personalities etc)

Jobs  that include knowing the language expertise usually extends to travel perks, be it for workshop or job related deals.

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There are also chances to meet public personality as there might be a need for translators / instructors.

What attracted you into taking these jobs?

I guess on the onset , I thought it was because of chance that I got the job, however, in the long run, I decided to stick with it because I realize that it was also a good way for me not to forget  my Mandarin knowledge .

Per your experience, which industries require this skill set the most? (you may list as many as you deem appropriate) and why?

Call Center Agent

Human Resource Manager

Adjunct Teacher

Admin Coordinator

On line gaming Center Agent

Customer Service Attendant and more

The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk

If it weren’t for your skills in Mandarin, what other career path would you have gone to/ settled with?

I guess I will be stuck practicing my profession (dentistry) with no other options or maybe open a business just like what the typical Chinese do.

 

Mandarin Education

 

How did you learn Mandarin?

I was educated in a Chinese school since I was young. I also had formal training in teaching Mandarin as a second language in China in order to further my skills and credentials as a Mandarin instructor.

What factors would you say influenced you the most in learning the language? 

I  grew up in a traditional Chinese family where my parents would talk with me in Chinese, and since they are both Chinese, their being Chinese has been my mirror as I grow up. Simple things like watching Chinese soap opera or historical Chinese films are some of the common leisure my dad and mom likes, of which I tend to enjoy in time. I was also exposed to traditional Chinese gatherings during Chinese festivities of which Mandarin are spoken by some of the speakers /guests for the events since most of them came from China or Taiwan. For me, what influence me most in my learning of Mandarin are my parents( especially my dad ) and also the traditional Chinese school I came from.

Did you like studying Mandarin growing up? What was your attitude towards learning the language?

I guess I am one of the more passive learner of Mandarin in a sense that I didn’t  really hate Mandarin nor did I really love Mandarin. While I was in the process of acquiring my Mandarin skills during my growing up years, I just remember that I had so many home works, the bulk of which are from my Chinese lessons. I didn’t enjoy it but I felt obliged to study do it because I don’t like to fail and repeat the year due to Chinese lessons.

What motivated you to learn the language?

Now that I am actually using the language, and I see the application of what I have been learning,  even now that I am teaching the language, I am motivated to learn  more of the language and its rich culture.

How were you able to maintain this skill?

It is a conscious effort to want to read Chinese books, listen to Chinese music and use them in any possible circumstance that allows me to do so.

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Did you imagine yourself using this skill for a living while you were still a student?

No, I never had that foresight because similar to the typical students in a Chinese school, majority hated Chinese as they don’t see the immediate use and application of it especially since we reside in a non-Mandarin speaking country.

Where would you advice people to learn this skill? 

There are many centers, institutions, tutors here and abroad that offer mandarin , but I guess the best advice that I could give the learner is to check  for themselves what suits them best  in terms of budget, location, convenience  etc. Lastly, the most important thing they need to check on is their commitment or reason for learning  because Mandarin is not an easy language to learn but it is one of the most worthwhile language that one can acquire.


Is it possible for people with some background in Mandarin acquire this skill in his/her adulthood enough to qualify them for employment? How so?

In my more than 10 years experience in teaching, I have been exposed to learners with no background, and those with some background. Having prior background in Chinese is no guarantee that some will learn the language better. There are some new learners of the language that have exceeded those with people with background because they are really determined to acquire the skills needed to be proficient in the language.  Having said that, finding work that needs Mandarin gives equal opportunity for new learners and prior learners of the language. The key element is how well the person has learned given the different span of time learning the new language, this is the key factor in determining if one will get the work that requires Mandarin proficiency.

 

Advice


What advice would you give to students (especially those studying in Chinese schools?) to Adults (especially those interested in learning the language)?

Learning an additional language will always be an asset. But to choose Mandarin as the additional language might be a hidden treasure.

No one really likes learning Chinese because it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to be good at it, but I still advise the younger generation of learners to realize that Mandarin might be the next language which the majority will be using and they don’t want to get left behind so it is best to learn it while there is opportunity.

 

“Treasure what they have, opportunity to learn – learn it well, you’ll never know you’ll need it.”

– Dr Jane Yugioksing

 

Ms Jane

For more information about Dr Jane and her services, you may reach her through : E-mail : enaj1991@yahoo.com / Mobile : +639209060836

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Very informative and inspiring! I salute Dr Jane Yugioksing, may the youth follow your footsteps and be successful in their own endeavors using Mandarin. Thank you Allan Ngo for giving the opportunity to learn more about life and how to improve it. God bless you!

    • Hi Tino,

      Appreciate the warm and kind words. It is my pleasure to have shared Dr. Jane’s unique story. I’m glad you found it informative and inspiring because these are the very things that I want my readers to take away from it. More of these stories when the site fully launches!

      Cheers!
      Allan

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