Question about a life in Japan

For topics not directly related to eikaiwa.
Forum rules
The basic forum rules are here :wink: . Refer to the BBCode Guide for information on using BBCode tags, plus this post about additional tags for embedding video.
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:05 pm

Question about a life in Japan

Unread post by akazoroe » Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:08 pm

Hey everyone.
I’m new here and looking for your opinions on jobs for myself in the Osaka area.

At current I am living in the USA with my Japanese wife. I have been teaching at a University here since 2009. I have been teaching in an Art department and have a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Art. As many of you know, economically, things have been rough in the USA and this problem has finally caught up with my own life. The university I teach at has made some bad (stupid) choices on top of lower and lower enrollment numbers. As a result, I have been cut to part-time (half-pay as well) and there are no other jobs in my area and all other nationwide are extremely competitive.

From this point my wife and I are considering moving back to Japan due to the details above and her aging parents. I realize that an eikaiwa job wont quite cut it for supporting a family and so I am researching other options. I am fine with teaching English and do love teaching so I am not opposed to teaching positions if they pay well enough. (10 years ago I spent 3 years teaching English in Tokyo so I actually have some of that experience.)

I am asking if you think my University teaching experience here will elevate me in any way above the typical college grad that is hoping to teach in Japan. I am asking if I have a chance of anything more than that and if so what it might be. I have no Tesol certs or anything but could get that if need be. What if I acquired a Masters in English teaching before going to Japan? Would I then be employable above the 250,000yen base pay grade? Maybe at a Japanese University? Or other?

Other details: I am 41 years old, speak basic Japanese (can bring that language level to a more decent level in a years time no problem).

There must be more to tell you but I’ll leave it at that for the time being.

Thank you for your time and input.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest