Tokyo_Joe wrote:Imagine the worst eikaiwa student you've ever had. Now imagine you have to hang out with them for 8 plus hours a day. And they're your boss.
quato wrote:Tokyo_Joe wrote:Imagine the worst eikaiwa student you've ever had. Now imagine you have to hang out with them for 8 plus hours a day. And they're your boss.
That one is going to give me nightmares! But you don't have to be constantly talking or trying to make them talk while correcting their grammar for the whole 8 hours, do you?
MacGyver wrote:Sorry I'm late to the party as usual, but from my experience of working in eikaiwa, a Japanese co., and now a foreign co., I'd say its all about what you want from life. I'd pick a foreign co. over a J one any day of the week but J companies aren't all bad. If you like your cushy life, then stay where you are. But if you want to do something more, then explore your options. Working in a J company may not be as bad as you think or like you've heard.
PanicInducingGaijin wrote:One piece of advice that I would offer when considering what you (the nonspecific "you," not MacGyver) should do regarding work would be to consider not only the present but the future, as well. What do you want to be doing five or ten years from now, and how does eikaiwa fit into that? If it does fit in, then maybe you're fine. If it doesn't, however, the "cushy life" of eikaiwa might be doing more harm than good, whereas the "unpleasant" job might be giving you valuable experience. YMMV.
Raelene wrote: realise just how cushy life is for many gaijin who are established in Japan/Korea.
sos wrote:The eikaiwa which I worked for closed in 2005. I found a job in at a German company in inaka where I felt a lot of Japanese pressure (conforming). I left that job in the summer of 2008 and work for a famous automobile (foreign) company currently.
It depends on your job but I usually don't leave at 5 pm. There has been times I have been here until midnight. I sometimes come in at 7 am. Because it is near the holiday season, things have settled down but ........
Though it is a foreign company, the Japan branch has very few foreigners. Most of the foreigners are engineers who are in a different part of the company. I work with Japanese people who speak English but---
Sometimes when a Japanese person has been abroad too long, they think the only English which "works" is to be rude and blunt. I have found it hard to keep the "wa" when my senpai talks in the "don't fuck with me" tone. Though she is trying to accomodate by speaking to me English (everyone else speaks to me in Japanese), it is really demoralizing.
Looking through, I am thinking what to do next. My contract is up at the end of January and I am 99% not going to renew. With the recession coming, I am wondering is working in non-eikaiwa better?
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