Working in Japan without a Bachelor’s Degree

I came to Japan and found work without a Bachelor degree. I am now currently teaching English at many public schools.
To begin with I am Australian not American, my situation is a little different to everyone else. I am 22 years old :D and I arrived in Japan with a work holiday visa. The USA doesn’t provide work holiday visas however if you came as a student and found part time work it could be important.

For those who are not American. Work holiday visa means you can stay in one country for one year and a half (Australia Work Visa). This is only available in each country once.

To be very honest you need to be very prepared for a trip in Japan for an extended amount of time. It isn’t cheap and it isn’t a smooth road. There will be some requirements.

Requirements –
Resume qualifications – any experience teaching, looking after children and education. To be honest you need some or something that makes you look worth hiring.

Money – Coming to Japan is very expensive. You first need to pay large deposits for air travel, accommodation, a mobile phone if you want one and etc. First month of work you don’t get paid till the end of the following month.
Remember you need Alien Registration card and other things to move into Japan.

Visa – Coming to Japan on a tourist visa will get you into the country but you can not work. If you think you can do something other then teaching, I would recommend trying to get a job at the snow fields or working at the summer resorts during summer.

In Japan you may get a short work visa at the snowfields. There are many types of work visas. This work visa will not allow you to teach though. I had Australian friends with no qualifications at all doing this. After snow season try to get a teaching job. It isn’t easy but they will be hiring just before spring.

Questions to ask yourself.
Can you speak Japanese?
Can you read Japanese?
Do you know friends in Japan to help you?
Do you have a TEFL or TESOL Certificate?

Why do you want to visit Japan? There are many countries in the world which need English talent.
I personally don’t count liking Anime or Video games as reasons because a lot of people say these are there reasons.

I hope this gives some insight. Let me be clear the road you are picking is not an easy one but it is a fun one. It took me 5 months to find a teaching job and I love it.


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