senseiman wrote:Lesson to be learned: Before you go back home have a plan!!!
In addition to a plan, I think it's also good to have money saved up. It's good to save as much money as possible before going home -- to have it in case the job search takes a long time.
I had a plan for what to do after leaving Japan and coming home -- work a temp job for the summer, then enter a convent in September.
Well, I did do the temp job, but I never got to the convent. I got cold feet about it, and decided against it -- "at least for now" is what I was thinking at the time.
Then, I met someone, and we've been "an item" since August, and though it's only been a few months, the relationship's long-term prospects are looking very good. So it's looking more and more like the convent isn't going to ever happen.
Three months ago I started a permanent full-time job working for the archdiocese. It doesn't pay a lot, but it pays enough, and it's what I want to do right now.
"Have a plan" is definitely great advice. It doesn't necessarily need to be a long-term plan, but at least have a short-term one because you'll be more likely to land on your feet that way.