To stay or not to stay in Japan?
October 4, 2012 3:16 AM Subscribe
My search for an ideal job in Japan continues: To go back to America and attend the DISCO Boston Career Fair or to stay in Japan?
posted by Kamelot123 to work & money (11 answers total)
Hi all, I am in a bit of a pickle.
I am currently living in Tokyo, Japan, and have been job hunting here since June.
I took an English teaching position last month which was definitely not my first choice - I wanted a job in which I could use my Japanese in some way (I am close to fluent), but my previous visa was running out so I ended up signing the contract. For various reasons I won't get into here I quit during training before the actual job began.
Since then, I have been job hunting yet again and also searching for private students to teach English online. I haven't had much luck, and at this rate in three or four months my money will run dry.
I am trying to decide whether to stay in Japan and continue searching for jobs, or head back home and attend the Boston Career Forum, which is the largest job fair of the year for bilinguals who want to find employment in Japan. I need to decide in the next few days.
Factors to consider:
- I am currently on an instructor visa, for a job that I quit before it even started. So if I find a new job and need a transfer of visa status, I will probably have to get a letter from my former employer; while they said they understood my reasons for not taking the job, they are probably not too happy so I am not sure what they will do.
- If I go home, my visa (which is valid until next August) will be cancelled. If I am unable to secure a job in Boston, the next time I go to Japan it will be on a 3-month tourist visa.
- If I go home, I will receive $4000 in pension from the previous job I worked in Japan.
- If I were to go home, I would be able to crash at my parents' place for free, which would be great as I only have about $5000 left to my name. If I am unable to secure a job at the Boston Career Forum, I am not certain where to go from there though.
- I have a one-way flight at the moment I can use for just $250.
- Although I have not had luck as of yet, it is undoubtedly easier to find employment in Japan while you are actually IN Japan. Also, my Japanese is growing by leaps and bounds from just day-to-day living. But again, if I were to find a job I would have to explain the sudden departure from my previous employer, which I am uncertain of how to do.
- I am also considering going to graduate school (In Japan, if possible).
Thanks for reading this unnecessarily long post - I am trying to sort out my thoughts. I would appreciate any input!