I'm a long time reader, first time poster. This month marks one year since signing up with JapanesePod101 and one year since my studies of Japanese (combining this site, the Human Japanese apps and a 2-hours-a-week university course). This site is awesome!
I, like many people on here, wish to live in Japan. I have found the culture fascinating for my whole life and each year I visit for 2/3 weeks for a holiday. It's really reached the point where I am looking to move there. As my grasp of the language is limited to say the least (I'm only just starting to learn kanji!) I have accepted that my only realistic option at present is to teach (my background in the UK is sound - music producer, boom operator, sound designer, ADR etc. but I also have experience working with film in education and some teaching).
My problem is that I won't be ready to move until next year (so I guess I'll be applying in October for JET) by which time I'll be 31. Does this hinder my chances at getting selected?
I personally feel that I am a much better candidate at the age I am now due to experience, confidence and so on but I realise things may be different in Japan.
Has anyone my age (or older) on here had any difficulties getting teaching work due to age?