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Welcome to Fun and Easy Japanese by JapanesePod101.com!
Have you ever had the dream of working and living in Japan?
こんにちは、りさです。
"Hi everyone! I’m Risa."
In this lesson, you’ll learn all about how to find a job in Japan.
I’ll walk you through the whole adventure of finding work in Japan, from work ideas to foreigners’ favorites, up to the best places for job-hunting.
In this video you'll learn...
One: How to look for a job online,
Two: Everything you need to know about different types of jobs -
from language teaching jobs... to working holiday jobs.
And, Three: How JapanesePod101 Can Help You Get a Job in Japan!
Let's start with looking online for jobs. If you don't live in japan, this is the best way to start your research!
Finding a job in Japan is a pretty popular subject!
And, in Japan, international business is very important. So, there are a lot of websites dedicated to matching foreign workers with Japanese employers.
Each one of these websites lets you search by career type, Japanese language level, location, and hours.
Each website represents a different portion of Japanese companies, so make sure to try them all out!
Let’s start out with:
GaijinPot, DaiJob, and Career Cross.
These are three of the larger websites in terms of job listings.
GaijinPot is known for having interesting blogs about life and work in Japan. And Carer Cross has the Japan Salary guide page.
DaiJob has over ten thousand listings, so don’t forget to search that huge database.
Next are :
Career Engine and Jobs in Japan.
"Jobs in Japan" is a website built by an American, with the intention of helping foreigners navigate the landscape of Japanese employment.
And Career Engine has direct hire listings so you can directly contact possible employers.
These sites are recruitment and consulting companies. They also provide useful searchable job listings.
Enworld, and Japan Career
And last, is the Japanese government’s own support office:
"The Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners."
In addition to the rest, if you already live in Japan, they can help you with seminars, career counseling, and even language lessons!
Now that we know about searching for jobs, let's talk about the big one, foreign language teaching.
It’s no secret that the majority of jobs for foreigners are language teaching related. This is the go-to profession if you cannot speak Japanese yet.
The most common language to teach is English.
You'll find that the majority of job listings are for native English speakers.
But, other languages are also taught at private schools or universities, so don't be discouraged.
There are a few types of Language Teaching jobs.
First, is the JET Programme.
This is the most famous, and is run by the Japanese government, so it is a pretty safe job to pursue, but it does require a university degree, and is very competitive.
The kind of job you get is placement in Japanese schools, and it has a competitive salary and benefits.
Next, and perhaps the most common, are private language schools.
They are numerous, and range wildly in student age, class sizes, salary, and hours.
The biggest companies are
NOVA,
GABA,
and AEON.
They have offices in almost every major city.
They can provide work visas, and even housing.
Many classes are taught one-on-one, but there are also opportunities to teach specialized classes. For example, travelling to a corporate client, and teaching a seminar to employees.
Other, similar private companies are:
ECC,
Berlitz,
Shane English School
Next are international schools, technical schools, and colleges.
These are more specialized jobs, such as teaching medical terms, or computer science in English. Or, simply teaching English at a higher level of difficulty for academic papers, or test preparation.
Also, teaching languages other than English are more common in this category.
Job listings can be found on the general websites like GaijinPot, or these websites that specialize in higher education listings.
Now, let's talk about blue collar jobs.
Blue collar jobs are really only available to people currently living in Japan. However it is a great option for part-time work if you are a student!
Though, we must stress, in the current system, foreign people won’t be sponsored with a work visa for blue collar jobs in Japan.
General part time work, such as restaurants or convenience stores, require at least business level Japanese because you will deal with customers, or your Japanese co-workers,
but some jobs are open to beginners and are a great way to practice
Also, it is worth mentioning that the laws may change soon because of the declining labor-force in Japan. So keep an eye on the news about the Japanese labor policies in the future.
The Technical Intern Training Program is a government sponsorship to learn Japanese trades, such as Agriculture, Construction, Food, Textiles, etcetera.
The training period lasts a maximum of 5 years. But this is another opportunity to start looking for other work in Japan.
There are many Japanese language only websites that offer job listings such as:
FromAnavi, An, Baitoru, TownWork, and Mynavi Baito
Now, on to office jobs.
Office jobs in Japan usually require business level Japanese, because you will communicate with your co-workers, colleagues, and bosses. Also, you will need to deal with other companies and clients.
It is important to understand the differences between office culture in Japan and other countries.
Japanese work and corporate culture put equal value on trust and relationship as they do on work performance.
Understanding this will help you succeed in the Japanese corporate world.
It is important to understand the differences between office culture in Japan and other countries.
Japanese work and corporate culture put equal value on trust and relationship as they do on work performance.
Understanding this will help you succeed in the Japanese corporate world.
Here are a couple websites to get you started on your search for an office job in Japan.
Both HAYS and Robert Walters are British-founded companies that specialize in highly skilled international recruiting.
Hays deals with a large variety of careers, such as IT, Human Resources, and finance.
While Robert Walters is focused on Technology fields.
How about being a health professional in Japan?
It is extremely difficult to work as a health professional in Japan, just because you will need to speak fluent Japanese, and also have a nursing, or doctor’s qualification in your own country.
If you’re a qualified nurse or care worker from Indonesia, the Philippines, or Vietnam, there’s a governmental program for working in Japan
Next, What is this "Working Holiday Visa" that you might have heard of?
If you are a citizen of these countries:
(-List shown in graphics-)
Then you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa!
There are some restrictions, such as being under 30, and it only lasts for one year, but this is an excellent way to visit, and live life in Japan, and see if it is something you enjoy.
Similar to the student visa, you will not be allowed to do certain jobs, like working for a bar, or other "adult oriented" things.
Notably though, the U.S. is not on this list.
Now on to…
Part 3: How Can JapanesePod101 Help You Get a Job in Japan?
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And even help you practice for job interviews in Japanese!
In this lesson you learned
what you need to work in Japan,
what jobs are available to you,
how to get a job,
the perks of working in Japan…
and how JapanesePod101 can help YOU work in Japan.
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That’s it for today!
またね!
See you next time!

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January 31st, 2020 at 06:30 PM
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Did you learn something new about the working culture in Japan?

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March 6th, 2020 at 05:05 AM
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こんにちは Suri,


Thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment. 😇


Two years is a lot of time! I'm not sure what level you are aiming at but with regular practice you can definitely achieve a lot in this timespan. First and foremost, I'd suggest that you begin with our lesson series on the Japanese writing systems. Once you have learned how to read and write Japanese, you should check out our pronunciation-specific lesson series. These should ideally take from a couple of weeks to a month if you are very dedicated.


Afterwards, you can begin with one of our Absolute Beginner series and start mastering Japanese vocabulary, grammar, and get plenty of cultural insights that will be more than helpful for you when you move to Japan!


Let us know if you have any more questions. 😉


Wishing you good luck with your Japanese,

レヴェンテ (Levente)

Team JapanesePod101.com

Suri
February 18th, 2020 at 06:08 PM
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Hello Japanese Pod101,

I'm a college student, already studying abroad. I'm planning for my future living in Japan, but I haven't decided yet whether via working or studying at a university or language school. I want to plan the trip on my own, without depending on my parents to provide me with financial support.

But I have seen that there are a lot of fees to be concerned about, so I'm a bit worried.

However, I'm having about two years to prepare with my Japanese language from zero now. Please, if you have any advice for my situation, please let me know and I'd really appreciate that.

Arigato gozaimasu!

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February 4th, 2020 at 01:42 PM
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jamesさん


コメントありがとうございます😄

Please let us know if you have any question :)


Sincerely

Ryoma

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james
February 1st, 2020 at 11:46 AM
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👍 what a beautiful teacher