• Japanese Work Culture – A Mix-Tape
    January 15th, 2013By Category: Work Tips
    Perhaps no amount of research could fully prepare you for the realities of working for a Japanese company, but having learned the hard way that it’s no cakewalk, I would like to offer to newcomers, or even veterans who need a supportive reminder, my advice on how to fun ... » Continue Reading
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    JET-Lagged?
    January 10th, 2013By Category: Uncategorized
    Recently, I wrote a short piece titled, “Is the JET Program right for you?” This was a short article, just intended as a very brief primer on the JET Program, based mostly on my own experiences and the experiences of other JETs I’ve personally known. Some of the comment ... » Continue Reading
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    Is the JET Program Right for You?
    December 6th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Are you looking for a way to come to Japan and teach English? For over 4,000 participants every year, the JET Program serves as that doorway. Talk to a cross section of current or former Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) on JET and you’ll get a variety of different o ... » Continue Reading
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    What Do You Think of Japan?
    November 9th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    It’s interview season in Japan. The weather is getting warmer, the ume buds are starting to appear, and maybe you could even see a bird. Yeah, like maybe in a zoo. But anyway, about this time every year I pick my two-sizes-too-small Japanese suit up from the floo ... » Continue Reading
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    Quitting Your Job in Japan
    November 7th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    There may come a time when you want to either change or quit your job in Japan. Breaking a contract in any job might generally leave you feeling concerned about the consequences, both short and long term, but doing so in another country can seem quite daunting. I ... » Continue Reading
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    More Than Just an English Class
    October 30th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    At the risk of sounding a little self-important, sometimes being an English teacher is about teaching more than just the language. And week by week, I’m finding that to be truer than ever here in Japan. Yesterday, I set up what I thought would be a fun little gam ... » Continue Reading
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    Teaching English in Japan: Approach with (only a little) Caution
    October 23rd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The knowledge that you are going to work in Japan for the first time can bring equal parts excitement and apprehension, teetering on the edge of sheer terror (or maybe I just speak for myself) for the ever-travelling English teacher. After the initial happiness at th ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese companies hiring foreigners
    October 22nd, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    WORKSJAPAN.GLOBAL will hold FOUR job fairs for foreign students in Tokyo and Kyoto in the next few months showcasing approximately 100 leading Japanese companies attending. Job seekers will be able to attend special seminars, lectures and speak with recruiting perso ... » Continue Reading
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    The 5 Challenges of Working for a Major Conversation School
    October 19th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    AEON, ECC, Berlitz. . . if you have ever considered working in Japan you’ll know that these Eikaiwa companies offer competitive options. Visa processing, subsidized housing and attractive bonuses to name a few. But after the ‘difficulty’ of securing a position, what a ... » Continue Reading
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    The Big 3 Jobs You’ll Do in Japan
    October 18th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    You've made it to Japan and now you need to find a job! Find out what are the top 3 employment opportunities for foreigners new to Japan. Ahhhh, the dreamland of Japan. We all come here for our own reasons, but we are united in one common goal: making a living. A ... » Continue Reading
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    Which English Teaching Job is Best for You?
    October 17th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Check out the GaijinPot Job Resource Center for everything you need to know about getting an English teaching job in Japan. So you want to work in Japan? If your Japanese is as abysmal as mine your only choice is to become an English teacher. You’re in luck though, a ... » Continue Reading
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    Getting Work as a Couple in Japan
    October 9th, 2012By Category: Work
    For those of you lucky enough  to have someone to bring with you on your journey to Japan, here are a few tips and tricks to getting work while sticking together. Ben and I both work in the same town, we live in town, and my longest walking commute is about half an ... » Continue Reading

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