Not having a degree in Taiwan is like not having a season ticket in Newcastle. The question that is always shockingly asked is WHY?
All native English speakers here teach English to young Taiwanese students, literally all of them, Americans, Canadians, Kiwis, English and South Africans all earn a very good living here as English teachers. In order to do that legally you have to have a degree otherwise you have to do it illegally and that means no permanent visa. That's the boat I am currently sailing in. I have been offered a part time position starting in September which actually pays a full time British wage but this is not how I'm making money now.
I've always wanted to be a professional writer (getting paid for words, sentences and paragraphs) and since coming to Taiwan that dream has become a reality, kind of. A good friend of mine got me involved with website content and now I a write sales texts for websites selling anything from herpes cures to indoor putting greens. I get paid for writing. I spend a large portion of my day writing for money but let's face it its not really THE DREAM.
I have to admit that the money has made my life here much more comfortable and I actually enjoy the work most of the time, I work on my own terms but the side effect is that I've only written about 1500 words of fiction in that time, my blogging has decreased and my reading is non-existent (although my kindle has been broken for a couple of weeks) Writing has stopped me writing. Now I am a professional writer I have realised that you really do need to be careful what you wish for.