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First Step

by Anthony
(Staten Island, NY)

I'm 25 yrs. old with a bachelors degree and 1 year removed from college. What would be my first step to becoming a teacher in Japan. I want to teach English.

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Jan 04, 2018
Just Graduated. Where do I Start?
by: John

Hi Anthony,

Thanks for your question. Because you are from NY, your citizenship qualifies you as a country which is recognized as an English speaking nation. On top of that you also have your degree.

Now it just comes down to the basics of applying in accordance with employee guidelines. A resume, photo and maybe a letter of why you want to work for XYZ company. Every company is different.

You then need to think about what kind of students you want to teach. Kids? Adults? A mix? In reality you may not have much choice as most schools teach a mix. You also need to give some thought to the size of the school and location.

In reality, if you don't have teaching experience, you won't have much choice.
However a teaching certificate can give you an edge over those who don't have one and are basically in the same boat as you are - looking for your first job in Japan.

You need to realize you will be starting out at the start - always the best place to begin. So high end and higher paying jobs aren't possible at this juncture. So that means ALT jobs, Eikaiwa, possibly The JET Program.

Apply like crazy and if you get a teaching job from one of the above they will set you up with your visa and will hire you from NY, so when you land you'll have your working visa and an apartment.

In other words go for the "low hanging fruit" then as you get experience you can look for better paying teaching jobs if you feel like staying in Japan longer.

This is basically how this cat gets skinned.

Thank you for your comments and good luck

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