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5/22/06 11:58 PM
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havokk_15
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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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Groove Holmes
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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 5:31 AM
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Don't go JET, those guys act all high and mighty and call each other "jets". When they gather they add numbers to their names to avoid confusion.. Hey Jet #1, hi Jet #2...etc It gets kinda crazy.
10/18/07 12:11 PM
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mestregruber
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Easytarget is just mad because he missed the JET gravy train.
10/20/07 1:28 AM
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Well they refused my application but i didnt want to go anyway, so there. I joined the mormons instead, we get great helmets...
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.
11/19/08 6:06 AM
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Easytarget
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Hey WaltJ

Just noticed this, i was joking i have never applied for JET. I did dowload the application about 11 years ago though...

Mestregruber is the man with the JET knowledge..

Any questions about companies , universities or ekaiwa i can answer i guess, having experience in each.
1/13/11 11:13 PM
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Renoslovakia
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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?



1/14/11 7:58 PM
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Easytarget
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My knowledge is up to date. Things remain the same, a little better for company classes as the economy improves.

Aeon and ECC remain the 2 bigger chains that expanding. Gabba also seems to be growing.

Check Gaijinpot for jobs also Ohayosensei.

Salary at Eikaiwa remains about 230 - 250'000 a month.

There is definitely more work at Elementary schools, through dipsatch companies. The salary is similar to Eikaiwa but it seems there is a bigger and growing demand for this kind of teacher.
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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Renoslovakia
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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
3/24/11 2:10 AM
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Easytarget
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AaronU

I have seen a few teaching jobs over the years looking for engineers specifically, never finance.

If you have a graduate degree you may find something at the tertiary level. This link is pretty good for that.

http://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekTop?ln=1


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