Jet Program?
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Posted 12/4/10
Sorry if someone already did a thread like this. But after collage i want to do the JET program if someone has ever done it or has done any English teaching in japan or anything like that i would like to get some advice and what your experience was. I've looked on Google and did my research but its different getting an opinion from a forum XD
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Posted 12/5/10

Mcake wrote:

Sorry if someone already did a thread like this. But after collage i want to do the JET program if someone has ever done it or has done any English teaching in japan or anything like that i would like to get some advice and what your experience was. I've looked on Google and did my research but its different getting an opinion from a forum XD


1. It depends on where you are at. It will be harder to teach in places like Tokyo/Osaka/Yokohama or any part of Kanagawa pref. because that is a high demand area.
2. I don't think that Crunchyroll is the best place to get information from people firsthand on JET programs because many of the people here are in the same predicament as you - they have never been to Japan, and everything they know is either idealized, falsified or procured from someone (or someone who knows someone).

http://www.jetprogramme.org/forums/ - this is a forum where you can join and get information about the JET program.
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Posted 12/6/10
youtube it...Ive been looking into it to places like in the city is really had to get into places like in the country would be easier but if u really want to teach none of this should stop u...out of the 3 places taiwan korea and japan I think people will most likely refer u to taiwan or japan since its easier living there...thats what ive heard
Posted 1/16/11 , edited 1/16/11
I'm wanting to go with jet. I'm just about to talk to a friend that is in the program. Going to ask him how he liked it and what he had to fill out... etc. He gets paid about 3,500 and is on his 2nd year. His brother told me he has a college degree. I'm going to ask him in what and if he took the TESL course. My major is Computer Science put after sitting down in a cubicle, programing for hours... I changed my mind.
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Posted 1/22/11
If your serious about studying g in Japan and do plan to go to college think seriously about what the college you attend offers in the form of foreign languages. If they offer a program like International relations/studies alot of times those degrees even if taken as a minor have a component part which is a requirement to study in Japan. Most schools who offer Japanese as a taught language have in-program schools in Japan that they cooperate with and share exchange students. They usually have a similar tuition rate as well. But definitely do not think learning Japanese is easy, it is probably one of the more difficult languages besides Chinese and English to learn.

I make this sound easy but it isn't, it just depends on how seriously you are in pursuing your fluency in Japanese, and it offers another way to enrich your collegiate experience as well as open opportunities in the global arena.
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Posted 1/25/11 , edited 1/30/11
I'm also trying to get into the JET Programme. It's a very competitive application process and only a small percentage of applicants get selected.

I applied last year, and made it all the way through the application process, but they only selected me as an Alternate (which basically means I was a bench-warmer). I was not assigned a position in Japan, I was a backup in case someone backed out or had to come home early.

So I applied again this year, and I'm hoping to get a letter in the mail within the next week or two letting me know if they're going to give me an interview.

The application process is VERY long (5-6 months), and it goes something like this:


1. Applying to the JET Programme (October - November)

First thing you have to do is complete the very long JET Programme Application Form. The other things you will need to complete your application are:

    A university degree
    Proof of Citizenship
    (for the country from which you are applying)
    An Official Transcript from your university
    2 Letters of Reference (preferably one from an employer and one from a university professor)
    A Statement of Purpose essay (maximum 2 pages double-spaced)

The Statement of Purpose essay is by far the most important part of your initial mail-in application, as it will contain all your reasons for wanting to participate in the programme, as well as the skills and qualities that you will use to contribute to the programme's success. Also, it will show them your English language abilities, so you want to make sure there are absolutely no spelling or grammar mistakes.



2. Getting an Interview (January)

Sometime in January, they make their decision on which applicants will advance to the next stage of the screening process, and they mail out letters to those people inviting them to come for a formal interview at their local Japanese Embassy or Consulate General.



3. The interview (dun dun DUN!) - sometime in February - March

This is it, the hardest part. You must attend a formal interview at your local Japanese Embassy or Consulate General, where they will ask you all kinds of nerve-wracking questions, trying to get an idea of how suitable you are for the JET Programme. The interview will make or break your application, so you have to make sure you are very well-prepared for it. You can google search "JET interview questions" to find lots of information on the types of things they will ask you. And remember that this is an application for employment, so you should attend the interview in professional attire (suit and tie for guys, appropriate business attire for girls), and speak and act professionally.



Finding out if you made it - April

You'll get the letter in the mail letting you know if you've been chosen for a position in Japan, if you've been chosen as an Alternate, or if you were rejected.



Overall it's a grueling process. I'm not trying to scare you, just telling you the facts!


Good luck!
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Posted 1/31/11
i got in with a private ALT company instead of going with JET... but i think you should try Dave ESL Cafe's Japan forum for advice. they're nice people over there if you come correct. don't expect them to do all the work for ya
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