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Teaching in Japan – am I expecting too much??

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  • vcq14
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    2 September, 2014 at 0:22
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    Hi guys, I would really appreciate some job advice. I recently filled out a resume with GaijinPot and have a searchable resume on TESOL, but am wondering what my chances really are of finding a job in Japan that pays equal to what I make now (plus benefits).

    I am trilingual (English, French, Spanish) and have a BA in French, Spanish and Japanese and an MA in TESOL. I have eight years of ESL/ESL/ESP experience teaching adults from 100+ countries. I also have five years of experience in publishing ESL curriculum, teacher training, educational technology and teaching and developing military aviation (I was stationed in Japan for six months in 2010-2011 training JASDF aircrew in conversational and aviation English).

    Every English job I find in Japan pays at least $10,000 less than what I currently make. I am also not crazy about the limited contracts that are available for most university jobs.

    Realistically, do I have any hope of finding a rewarding career in Japan based on all this?? Living in Japan has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I would like to spend at least 3-5 years in Japan, but not if it means going into serious debt or being stuck in a job I can’t stand (at least I have job security and benefits in my current position).

    Thanks!

    85718914
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    18 September, 2014 at 13:13
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    Reply To: Teaching in Japan – am I expecting too much??

    These days you generally need to be in Japan already to get hired.

    citykidsenglish
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    4 October, 2014 at 0:10
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    Reply To: Teaching in Japan – am I expecting too much??

    The average salary is 250 000 yen a month. Some private schools will pay you more, but I don’t think you will be able to make more than 300 000 yen a month. You could also do private teaching or set up your own school to increase your monthly salary.

    I am sure that you will find teaching in Japan very rewarding and worth a decrease in salary. I love teaching in Japan and the children I teach are so lovely.

    citykidsenglish.com

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