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Working Holiday Job Options
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Besides English Teaching... What jobs options are available In Japan (within travelling distance of Hombu) for someone without a degree ?
and a basic grasp of Japanese(who is willing to learn more) ?
I would be using a working holiday visa.

Just curious as to what is out there and available ?

Thanks Graham


Posted on: 2011/12/19 3:13
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Besides teaching english, probably nothing.

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You need Japanese language fluency to work in a convenience store. Some bars that have a lot of foreign patrons will employ people on WHV. You'll see some foreign people working on construction crews. Again, you'd need a lot of Japanese language to cope with any of those jobs. Good luck!

Posted on: 2011/12/20 11:06
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Thanks guys, Figured as much. I will be hitting the books now :)

Posted on: 2011/12/21 2:50
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I've also noticed that you'd have to be extrmely lucky for your work to be
a) near hombu
b) flexible enough to give you time off to get there/train/get home
.. notwithstanding the ability to speak the lingo/find an apartment etc
Good luck!

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If you have friends there you might be able to make some connections tutoring English for their friends and neighbors, but it would be very informal and I can't imagine making/charging a lot of money that way. Just a thought. Best bet is probably to work two or three jobs at a time right now and just save, save, save. Collect cans, shovel snow, whatever. When you're not working, study Japanese. If you're driving, listen to Pimsleur to get the gears moving (get level 1, 2 or 3 here for $120 http://www.pimsleurmethod.com/pimsleur-japanese.html) and so on.

Then go for a few or six months (whatever you can afford) and train with one of the shihan primarily and with Hatsumi Soke maybe just every couple of weeks or so. Hombu training can be quite expensive and you can often get a much better deal with one of the shihan as well as training more directed to your level.

Remember, just traveling from one place to another to train can cost as much as the training itself. It adds up, so network with whomever you can and try to work out the logistics of where you'll be staying and such ahead of time.

In the midst of that, something may come up that will enable you to stay longer. If not, no harm done and you can go home as planned. You'll have built some great relationships and have received some great training. Japan will be ready and waiting for your next trip and you'll have a much better idea of what you're up against in terms of living there.

Posted on: 2011/12/23 0:33
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Thank you

Posted on: 2011/12/24 2:19
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