today i went the Royal Society in London for a lecture about how to learn, work and live in Japan. This has interested me for a while and i thought it would be an interesting experience to learn all the facts and see what career opportunities would be available to me, it also taught me the sort of grades i’d need to work there so now i know what to work towards at University, most jobs in japan require at least a BA (hons) if not a masters ,with a grade of 2.1 or above! So i need to work hard!

The lecture gave us lots of pamphlets on different work programs and also on Japanese universities that take international students for masters degrees and language courses, the courses look a bit out my price range because the fees are higher than they are in the UK and living costs are expensive in the Tokyo Area which is where i’d like to go.

I did hear about one very interesting career opportunity though which i’ve put a picture of above, its called the JET programme, its for graduates who want 1 or 2 years working in Japan, either as a Language teaching assistant in a school, which i would most likely go for, or work within a Japanese Business , you need a basic japanese language knowledge but apparently you learn most of it out there.

Here is the information about the introduction to the program on JET’s website:

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, now in its 27th year, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants. In 2013, the Programme welcomed 4,372 participants from 40 countries.


No matter where you go in Japan today, you will find JET participants developing strong relationships with their local communities through foreign language education and international exchange activities. After completing their time on the Programme, many former JET participants use their experiences in Japan to continue enhancing relations between Japan and their home countries.


The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) administers the JET Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and local government organisations. CLAIR provides support for both JET participants and their contracting organisations by arranging each JET participant’s arrival and holding orientation seminars, as well as providing counselling and distributing a wide variety of essential resource materials and information.

The JET Programme has gained high acclaim both domestically and internationally for its role in advancing mutual understanding and for being one of the world’s largest exchange programmes. We hope many more individuals and regions will participate in the JET Programme during the 21st century so that even more progress can be made in the internationalisation of our local communities.


For the Jet Program you must apply a year before you wish to go because you need time to get VISA’s and go on the waiting list, you must also be graduated before you go and go on a JET training course. There is also a JET fair every July where you can go and source employers and they can source you based on your skills, the conduct interviews there and then on the day and you can even walk away with a job offer!

I’d like to work in Japan for a year to learn more about the Art and the Culture and it would be an experience that would improve my confidence in the workplace 🙂

images from the lecture:



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