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5/22/06 11:58 PM
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"of course I know a lot of students and Japanese workers who have struggle to make ends meet but those guys are getting way less than the 250,000 average for conversation school instructors." I agree. The fukkin manager at my last school was making 30 000 a month less than I was and working 11 hour days. 250 000/month is not bad at all, especially for most teachers who are basically fresh out of University and holding down their first full-time job. Not a bad wage for a couple of years getting to experience another country and travel at the same time. Like I've said earlier, I've been able to make trips to Saipan, Hong Kong, and Korea, travel home to Canada, and save 50 000 a month while making about around 270 000/month for the last year. Plus, I basically eat out for every meal and go out drinking at least once a week.
6/2/06 8:40 PM
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lots of great info, keep it up - I'll be going prob in August, September at the latest
6/3/06 11:11 PM
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Kimbo's Bread - for teaching - it will be with Global TESOL that I get my training in July and then I will be out there as I said, likely in August/September-
6/5/06 2:35 PM
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7/19/06 2:21 PM
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Correction: I will not be going through Global TESOL and I wouldn't recommend anyone else do so, either!
11/4/06 2:18 PM
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care to elaborate on the global tesol situation? did you go to japan with a different company?
11/16/06 7:37 AM
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Also hoping to be out there sometime in summer. Finishing my JET application this coming week and I'll be graduating with a BA in East Asian Studies (Japan concentration) and with TESOL certification. If I make it out there, I'll post back and let you all know how it is. =)
9/30/07 2:00 AM
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Just in case anyone's thinking of coming to Japan and working for NOVA, don't bother with that place. They've finally gone to shit! Could save you a world of bother once you get here.
10/1/07 12:36 PM
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NOVA is closing hundreds of schools due to money woes, apparently. The JET program is clearly the way to go, if you can make the cut.
10/3/07 9:11 AM
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Jets ok but they will put you out in the sticks. I just got a job with Geos. They got me a sweet brand new Leo Palace apartmemt in Tachikawa with discount. As people have said avoid Nova they're going under.
10/3/07 11:49 AM
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yeah JET is cushy if you don't mind being stuck in the sticks, but it's very rare to get a JET position near a city like Tokyo or Osaka.
10/3/07 1:53 PM
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Believe me, I know. I'm a JET coordinator by profession. ;)
10/18/07 12:11 PM
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Easytarget is just mad because he missed the JET gravy train.
9/23/08 11:24 AM
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10/26/08 12:44 AM
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Easytarget, if you don't mind my asking, could you enlighten us a little as to your experience in applying?  Like what you had to do, what companies you scouted, why you were rejected, etc.  Did they tell you about anything you needed to improve upon to be accepted?

If you've already documented this, then nevermind...I'll catch up with this thread a little later.
1/13/11 11:13 PM
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TTT

I applied for Nova and got through the first phase, but that was around the same time they started to go down and I never followed through with any of the other ESL companies.

I've recently become interested in teaching english and i'm doing my research into the companies that survived the downturn.

Anybody here have any recent experience or stories?



2/5/11 6:50 AM
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i didnt read the other pages.


but i know a guy who teaches at an island off of okinawa.
3/22/11 9:23 PM
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Are there English teaching jobs that tailor to businesses? I have 4 years of solid financial services business experience in the US and professional licenses... I was wondering if I could use this to my advantage to maybe get a better English teaching job in Japan?

(Long story short, sick of the corporate world! Looking to get back to Japan where I studied abroad in college.)
3/22/11 10:26 PM
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I remember reading about a esl chain based in Shikoku that catered towards business english. . . but i can't remember what it was called.

I'll post it if i can recall.
3/23/11 8:50 PM
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In Shikoku? Is there even much business out there? I would've thought it would've been around Tokyo/Osaka
9/28/11 2:15 PM
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How much money can you earn?
9/29/11 2:36 PM
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As someone who lived in Japan for 15 years and saw foreigners come and go, here are a few guidelines:

1. You need a 4 year degree
2. If you don't have a 4 year degree stop being stupid and lazy and get one, even general studies will suffice
2. Nova is dead
3. The large companies (like Aeon) will get you to Japan and set you up with housing
4. Don't expect to be in Osaka or Tokyo
5. You don't want Osaka and Tokyo (expensive as fuck)
6. You will make between 25k-30k a year
7. Your job will suck
8. Your hours will suck
9. You will be told not to teach private lessons on your own time, ignore this and make as much side money as you can
10. You will have hot female (adult) students and they will be very easy to have sex with
11. Avoid having sex with your students, however, feel free to go to town with their hot friends
12. As soon as you are settled in start looking for a gig with a non-chain private school with a non-douchebag owner
13. Learn to speak Japanese
14. Avoid the gaijin bubble or you will never learn Japanese
15. Find a cute and nice Japanese girlfriend (avoid the gussied up bitches with prada bags, they are the devil)
16. Spend as much time as you can with the cute and nice Japanese girlfriend and you will be speaking Japanese well within a year or two (unless you are a fucking moron)
17. Avoid drinking or you will be poor
18. Get your own apartment and use your cute and nice girlfriend as the guarantor
19. Avoid teaching kids classes unless you really like kids
20. Japanese kids are fucking nuts these days
21. Ahhh! Nihongo Jouzu! is not a realistic assessment of your Japanese abilities. It is gaijin monkey praise.
22. Gaijin females are the biggest cock blocks on the planet
23. Don't be into anime. Otaku = no pussy in Japan either
24. Don't go to Jusco/Aeon or whatever department store is nearest to you and start buying the stupid ass clothes young Japanese guys are wearing.
25. Looking and dressing American will get you laid. The nail that sticks up gets to bang many ladies.
25. SMAP sucks.
26. Inaka life is good, unless it is really, really inaka
27. When you get the chicken wrap at KFC, say "nori nashi"
28. Nori ruins the chicken wrap at KFC
29. McDonalds is better in Japan
30. There are many hot ladies working at McDonalds in Japan
31. Those ladies can provide you with sex and burgers
32. Mos Burger is fucking excellent, especially the teriyaki burger
33. Japanese girls do not have horizontal vaginas
34. She isn't crying, they just make noises like that
35. Australians are crazy and there are lots of them
36. Australian girls are not cock blocks, they should be cock targets, even the kind of ugly/chubby ones are awesome in the sack
37. Learn judo
39. Go to a "soapland" at least once
38. Fried chicken cheese curry rice is awesome
39. Quayle eggs in ramen will make you sick
40. Get a rail pass and travel all over Japan
41. Marry the cute and nice Japanese girlfriend
9/29/11 10:24 PM
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^ great post, but watch your mouth about SMAP!
9/30/11 9:42 AM
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akaioni
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SMAP sucks but they're not as gay as GLAY
10/6/11 3:00 AM
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akaioni - As someone who lived in Japan for 15 years and saw foreigners come and go, here are a few guidelines:

1. You need a 4 year degree
2. If you don't have a 4 year degree stop being stupid and lazy and get one, even general studies will suffice
2. Nova is dead
3. The large companies (like Aeon) will get you to Japan and set you up with housing
4. Don't expect to be in Osaka or Tokyo
5. You don't want Osaka and Tokyo (expensive as fuck)
6. You will make between 25k-30k a year
7. Your job will suck
8. Your hours will suck
9. You will be told not to teach private lessons on your own time, ignore this and make as much side money as you can
10. You will have hot female (adult) students and they will be very easy to have sex with
11. Avoid having sex with your students, however, feel free to go to town with their hot friends
12. As soon as you are settled in start looking for a gig with a non-chain private school with a non-douchebag owner
13. Learn to speak Japanese
14. Avoid the gaijin bubble or you will never learn Japanese
15. Find a cute and nice Japanese girlfriend (avoid the gussied up bitches with prada bags, they are the devil)
16. Spend as much time as you can with the cute and nice Japanese girlfriend and you will be speaking Japanese well within a year or two (unless you are a fucking moron)
17. Avoid drinking or you will be poor
18. Get your own apartment and use your cute and nice girlfriend as the guarantor
19. Avoid teaching kids classes unless you really like kids
20. Japanese kids are fucking nuts these days
21. Ahhh! Nihongo Jouzu! is not a realistic assessment of your Japanese abilities. It is gaijin monkey praise.
22. Gaijin females are the biggest cock blocks on the planet
23. Don't be into anime. Otaku = no pussy in Japan either
24. Don't go to Jusco/Aeon or whatever department store is nearest to you and start buying the stupid ass clothes young Japanese guys are wearing.
25. Looking and dressing American will get you laid. The nail that sticks up gets to bang many ladies.
25. SMAP sucks.
26. Inaka life is good, unless it is really, really inaka
27. When you get the chicken wrap at KFC, say "nori nashi"
28. Nori ruins the chicken wrap at KFC
29. McDonalds is better in Japan
30. There are many hot ladies working at McDonalds in Japan
31. Those ladies can provide you with sex and burgers
32. Mos Burger is fucking excellent, especially the teriyaki burger
33. Japanese girls do not have horizontal vaginas
34. She isn't crying, they just make noises like that
35. Australians are crazy and there are lots of them
36. Australian girls are not cock blocks, they should be cock targets, even the kind of ugly/chubby ones are awesome in the sack
37. Learn judo
39. Go to a "soapland" at least once
38. Fried chicken cheese curry rice is awesome
39. Quayle eggs in ramen will make you sick
40. Get a rail pass and travel all over Japan
41. Marry the cute and nice Japanese girlfriend


Holy fucking TRUTH

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