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Anyone is the forum experienced with the JET program or intending on going into it? I hear that experiences vary a lot, so your own stories or reasons for wanting to go are all of interest.
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i hear it's hard to get into
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I'd absolutely love to do this program, however I don't have the formal education required to be able to apply for the program. However, I'm out of work right now and am looking to find a better career than retail, so maybe I'll look into what I can do to take some classes in education and Japanese. I wanted to be a teacher back when I was in high school and the two years of college I did do (didn't obtain a degree though), and now I want to be a Japanese translator as my ideal job. If I can get enough education to apply, this would be perfect for me.
As for experiences, from the people I have encountered in my life who have done this program or one similar for Japan, they all had positive things to say about it.
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almost 52 to old
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Underpaid, no room for growth in the company in JET. Def not a career, maybe a year job to save money (But you don't save money cause it's Japan, everything is expensive). Korea has a better gig with their EPIK program, more room for growth, get more certifications and teach uni level.
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My old roommate did it, pay was so-so you won't be living in poverty, but you're not going to get rich either. He told me it was an awesome opportunity to better his Japanese and spend time in Japan while bettering his teaching ability. You work alongside a native teacher most of the time, you help plan lessons and assist with the class in most jobs. Doesn't sound all that hard to be honest and I almost signed up, but financial reasons back home kept me from doing so

I'd go for it, just understand that you can probably realistically do it for 2 academic years tops before it turns from a beneficial experience into a dead end.

Not sure if a teaching certificate is a requirement (imagine it is), but my ex-roommate and I have CELTAs although I have never actually used mine outside of student teaching
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I was drunk the whole time. Also, I wasn't in Japan.
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kevz_210 wrote:

My old roommate did it, pay was so-so you won't be living in poverty, but you're not going to get rich either. He told me it was an awesome opportunity to better his Japanese and spend time in Japan while bettering his teaching ability. You work alongside a native teacher most of the time, you help plan lessons and assist with the class in most jobs. Doesn't sound all that hard to be honest and I almost signed up, but financial reasons back home kept me from doing so

I'd go for it, just understand that you can probably realistically do it for 2 academic years tops before it turns from a beneficial experience into a dead end.

Not sure if a teaching certificate is a requirement (imagine it is), but my ex-roommate and I have CELTAs although I have never actually used mine outside of student teaching


I've heard of people using JET as a springboard to obtain a worker's visa and eventually move into other business related professions. Can someone confirm this? Is it a viable strategy for getting into the Japanese labour market?
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No offense, but why would you want to? They work you to the bone and you have no free time to spend the money you make.

To answer your question though I highly doubt it. Obtaining work visas in general anywhere is a royal pain in the butt, unless you have some sort of special skills and speak Japanese decently you're probably in for an uphill battle.

JET's purpose is to get native speakers into the classroom which makes it an exception. Countries in general try to protect their labor markets from foreign workers for better or for worse and usually only make exceptions for when the native workforce cannot adequately fill jobs in a given field.

Long story short, I don't know, but I assume not.
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