What are my Chances to Find a Job and Work in a Japanese city?

by Maria-Magdalena Danaila
(Galati, Romania, Europe)

I am a professional actress, 43, Romanian, spent one year of Governmental Scholarship in China, very good English speaker and I was looking for a job to go back to Beijing. But I found on internet the information that I could very well work in Japan to teach English in a kindergarten there and I thought for a moment, why not take the opportunity and spend one year in Japan as well? What are my chances to find a job and go to a Japanese city?

Maria-Magdalena Danaila, 43,professional actress and songwriter

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Jan 22, 2018

by: John

Hello Maria-Magdalena Danaila

Thank you for the inquiry. Firstly, in order to get a job teaching in Japan you will need a 4 year degree. If you have one, then you could find an ESL job in Japan - but it would have to be at an international kindergarten or pre-school since you stated this is your area of interest.

The average non-international / public Japanese kindergarten only hire quite young native Japanese women because English isn't taught in kindergarten and isn't considered important at this stage. So you would be looking at private international schools. So if you have a 4 year degree, this is a possibility.

Also sad to say but Japan considers, The UK, U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia as
de facto official language countries and generally hires from these countries. People outside of these countries can find work in Japan but it is tough - provided of course you have a degree which the government mandates.

However because of your unique skill set you may be eligible for a Specialist in International Services Visa. This is a visa extended to those with skill sets that are unique or specialized and for those who have 3 or more years of experience in this area. So you would need to find a company that wants your unique skills and will give you a working visa based on this.

Of course this would pull you out of the education of children area that you want to enter.

Hope this helps and good luck.

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