If you have recently graduated from school and are at a crossroads early in your career,
then teaching English in Japan may be something worth considering.
Believe it or not,
the English language learning industry is a multi-billion dollar
industry that employs more than 65,000 teachers.
What do you need to teach in order to land a job teaching English in Japan,
should you be a university graduate from any field ??
(Sorry, but the 2-year grades will not cut it.)
You also need to speak English fluently at a native level.
There are some who find teaching jobs
in Japan even though English is not their first language,
but this is an exception to the rule.
You will also need a work visa in order to legally work in the country.
Most of the employers will take care of this for you.
Work visas are valid for one year with an extension from 1 to 3 years for US citizens.
Another very useful feature is the interest in Japanese culture.
When you fly 10,000 miles east,
things get very different very quickly.
So the desire to experience Japanese culture is beneficial.
Not from the point of view of getting a job but from the point of view of enjoying the experience.
Those who do not have a natural curiosity or desire to experience Japanese
culture usually do not last for long.
What is not required Contrary to what many believe that a degree is not required in order to teach.
Although it helps get higher paying jobs. The majority of adult recruits,
who have recruitment centers around the world,
do not require certification.
Also because these top recruits pay a minimum wage of 250,000 yen per month (around 2,100 USD),
they also don’t need much teaching experience. In fact,
the bulk of this industry is working on recent graduates.
General information about teaching English in Japan Let’s start with the money.
You should expect a wage of at least 250,000 yen per month.
This is a junior salary for those with little or no experience. However,
he cautioned that this wouldn’t go that far in big cities like Tokyo or Osaka.
You should expect more to offset the factor cost of living in these large cities.
Big English schools will also offer two-week paid vacation and most national holidays.
Schools vary on the national holidays they celebrate but the rule is 8 to 10 per year.
Expect to work approximately 40 hours a week. Each school is different but you
can expect approximately 22 to 29 hours
of actual instruction per week with the remainder being hours.
A typical teacher will work 5 days a week with Sundays and other holidays.
Senior teachers may take out Saturdays and Sundays.
Typical office hours are filled in by appreciating students’ work,
taking class notes, preparing future lessons,
or just chatting with students. Most schools will also provide
or support health insurance for you. Schools with the larger chain,
mentioned above, usually have a fixed curriculum.
This means that you will use their inside texts, tapes,
and other support materials to teach.
For those who do not have much teaching experience
, it is helpful in reducing stress
(there is already a great deal of cultural adaptation,
language learning, etc.)
Those who need to express their creativity in the lesson may find it stifling.
The students who will be assigned to your class are likely of all ages.
Literally from 5 to 6 years old to 75 and 76 years old.
Some schools deal specifically with children
or adults but due to the competitiveness of this industry,
most schools cater to the needs of all ages.
From a student’s point of view,
you can expect a healthy dose of children and young professionals
like office ladies and tidy men as they are called upon
to form the bulk of who you teach.
Most of the large chain schools will provide you
with some type of accommodation.
This is a very big help because it is difficult to find accommodations on your
own without the help of a Japanese citizen.
Not to mention it is quite pricey. Although the type presented will vary,
it expects things to be on the small side.
Teaching English in Japan is definitely the best experience taken with an open mind.