Getting a job in Japan?

By | September 20, 2015

I’m a senior in high school, currently, but it’s never too early to start thinking about a career. This is kind of a two part question, actually.
First, as white, female, foreigner, what are my chances of being accepted there? (I kind of know this, already, but would like to get other opinions) Also, what are my chances of getting a job?

Second, speaking of jobs, I would like to teach English as a Second Language there, do my chances improve of getting a job? Basically, would the chose a native English speaker to teach English there over a Japanese?

Also, when I was talking to my teacher about how best to get the degree I wanted (I’ve looked, but couldn’t find an English as a Second Language degree. I found some online degrees, but I don’t want an online degree) and he told me to look into whether they (the people hiring me) would want someone with an actual English degree, or a teaching degree and a minor in Japanese or English or something along those lines.

Since this does pertain to my future, if you could give me some legitimate sources, that’d be great.
Thank you!

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6 thoughts on “Getting a job in Japan?

  1. Vinegar Taster

    First thing to bear in mind is teaching English in Japan is more often not a career. Most people get burned out just after the first year or two. They get homesick. They get tired living in a country where most people don’t speak English. They get tired of having to repeat the same things over and over again.
    Most schools want a native English speaker. And most schools don’t want Japanese to be used in the classroom.
    Avoid on line degrees. They are useless. In Japan, you need a BA / BS degree from an ” accredited”
    college. That’s the wording they use.
    You really need to give some serious thought as to what you want to do in the long term. Chances are good teaching English in Japan won’t be it. You need something to fall back on. Taking classes to be a teacher will help. Do you want to be a teacher the rest of your life ? Any other subjects that interest you?. I’d talk to a guidance person for help first.
    You could try teaching English in Japan for a year, and then decide if you want to stay on or not.

  2. Homer

    Also do you have the qualities to become a good teacher? not everyone does and those who do it for the wrong reasons are usually the ones who get burned out.

  3. Izaya

    The best job is something you can do and understand a little at least ao you can do it well or ask a japanese friend that can speak english to help you

  4. Jlr Jlr

    Yes you would end up being an ESL teacher here in Japan. Your odds are getting a job are great as you are a female and a lot of ESL teachers are males here. As far as being accepted goes I have white female friends here and they struggle more than I do as far as being accepted. But then again if you are looking for a country where the people will accept you and embrace you as one of their own Japan is not for you.

    My advice is to get a real teaching degree and then apply for real schools in Japan (International schools or private schools). This gives you far more options and better pay. That is what I did though I my first job was with an English school just to get my foot in the door and get a visa. After my contract was up I applied to international schools. Also I enjoy teaching and the degree gives me options to teach all over the world.

    If teaching is not a career for you then get the degree in what interests you as almost all ESL teachers here in Japan have a degree in something other than English major. If you want get a TEFL certificate as it makes you stand out a bit more when applying for jobs.

  5. Japan Australia

    In most cases in order to work full time in Japan you need to have a University degree and you also require the backing of a company in Japan to sponsor your visa.

    Most recruiters for English jobs in Japan will require the following:

    1. Native English Speaker
    2. Full Bachelor Degree (in any field)
    3. Basic Japanese Ability

    The market is really competitive now so they also prefer teaching experience and qualifications such as ESL, TEFL or CELTA.

    Salary is usually around 240,000 – 255,000 yen per month depending on experience and qualifications.

    Working in Japan

  6. Xun

    To teach as an ESL teacher in Japan you will need at least a bachelor degree- your major doesn’t matter so much, but Japanese might be an advantage to daily life- I’d reccomend an arts degree of some sort, possibly with a major in English lit, linguistics or teaching, and a minor in Japanese if your school offers it. After completing your degree, go for TEFL qualifications. A really good way to find out if teaching English in Japan is a job for you is to try the JET programme- a government sponsored program that puts native-English speaking assistant language teachers in classrooms across the country- many people do this immediately after graduating.

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