Working in Japan is no easy task. One must achieve a degree from a 4 year university, which is also accredited. Luckily, this degree may be in any field, such as Engineering, Biology, Music, or France. Upon receiving your degree in your field of study, you must petition the language school of your choice for an interview, where you will be expected to show that you are young, energetic, interested in Japanese culture, personable, and not looking to live in Japan permanently.
Some schools have racial requirements that must be met in order to be considered for the teaching positions, but have lower positions available for those from countries deemed “undesirable” by the clientele. It is a difficult fact to face for many prospective instructors, that their country may be one viewed as “unlucky” or “uncivilized”. After being hired, you should join a union to increase your pay, otherwise you will be stuck with the same wage during your vacation in Japan.
Here are some links to pages to get hired as English instructors. For any detailed information, please visit our forums!
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Try to avoid the lesser schools, otherwise you may be stuck working with obnoxious people, and stuck in Japan for the duration of your VISA.
If you are lucky enough to gain a position with one of these companies, you will need to visit your nearest Japanese consulate to get a VISA, proving that you are racially adequate to be in Japan. Falsifying information regarding your race may result in large fines, or deportation after entering Japan. It’s just not worth the risk, so answer all questions regarding race honestly.
Once you arrive in Japan, you will be greeted at the airport by an employee from your school, and likely be given some literature on how to adapt to Japanese life. If you are not greeted at the airport, do not worry – many companies are moving past this tradition as foreigners are becoming a more common site in Japan.
I saw your job opening in Ohayo Sensei for Yamaguchi location. I however don’t live in Japan but can be there quickly. I used to work for America Eikaiwa Gakuin which has their home office in Yamaguchi. I wish to return to Japan to teach. I have over 15 years of teaching experience and a Master’s degree, TEFEL C and valid teaching certificate in America.
Please consider me for your school.
Hello Cynthia and sorry about the delayed response. We would be delighed to have you join us.