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Is it true that...

Post by Brad » Sat 03.24.2007 1:03 am

you need a degree of some sort to work in Japan, even as an English teacher? I just read something about this and want to make sure...

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Post by Kisshu » Sat 03.24.2007 1:34 am

i highly doubt they are looking for degrees at mcdonalds...
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Post by Brad » Sat 03.24.2007 1:38 am

Ahah, of course not. I was reading an article about teaching English so let's leave it at that instead of talking about any kind of work. Here's the part that made me ask this question...

"On the other hand, for those who need a job and are happy to put aside innovation and imagination for the duration of their contract, you could be on to a winner. As far as I know, all you need is a regular heartbeat and a university degree - a requirement of the Japanese immigration authorities rather than your employer."

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Post by AJBryant » Sat 03.24.2007 1:40 am

The answer to your question is yes.

Unless your job is "entertainer" you can't get a work visa without (1) a job, and no job without (2) at least a BA.


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Post by keatonatron » Sat 03.24.2007 1:57 am

AJBryant wrote:
The answer to your question is yes.

Unless your job is "entertainer" you can't get a work visa without (1) a job, and no job without (2) at least a BA.
Actually, you can't get a visa without a job AND a degree. It's a requirement of immigration, not always the employer. Of course to make things easier, most English schools just claim they require a degree (probably so people without one don't bother applying, as they will run into a snag with immigration).

So, in theory, you could get an English teaching job without a degree, but you wouldn't be allowed to live in Japan to carry out your duties which would probably get you fired pretty quick. ;)

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Post by Brad » Sat 03.24.2007 2:15 am

I see. I'm just out of high school and havn't decided what I want to do for post secondary education. I'm just taking Japanese on the side for now. If I wanted to go to Japan for, say, a year then I would either need to get a degree outside of Japan first or do some sort of schooling in Japan?

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Post by zengargoyle » Sat 03.24.2007 3:02 am

bah, what about no degree but ~10 years of experience in the same field... ?

zengargoyle never got a degree, but zengargoyle has worked for the same employer in ever increasing Hi-Tech positions for the past 10 years...

will this give me any "foot in the door" type possibilities for employment in Japan even not having a degree? or am i screwed...?...

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Post by Brad » Sat 03.24.2007 5:40 am

After doing some reading i've got one last question.... what options are there (for teaching English or schooling in Japan) for someone who's graduated from high school 1-2 years ago but has yet to do any post secondary education?

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Post by Nibble » Sat 03.24.2007 9:09 am

You either have to get a degree, or apply for a working holiday visa.

|EDIT| See also: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/w_holiday/index.html
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Post by Mike Cash » Sun 03.25.2007 6:43 am

zengargoyle wrote:
bah, what about no degree but ~10 years of experience in the same field... ?

zengargoyle never got a degree, but zengargoyle has worked for the same employer in ever increasing Hi-Tech positions for the past 10 years...

will this give me any "foot in the door" type possibilities for employment in Japan even not having a degree? or am i screwed...?...
Mike Cash never got a degree either, but Mike Cash has been living and working in Japan longer than a good many of our TJP friends have been on the planet.

There is no "one size fits all" answer to the OP's question. But the "one size fits most" answer, Canuck version, is that he will need a degree if he plans to come here longer than a year.
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Post by keatonatron » Sun 03.25.2007 8:09 am

Some visas will accept experience as a substitute for a degree. Those are handled on a case-by-case basis, though, so it'd be hard to plan on anything. (Zen)

Unlike Americans, Canadians are allowed to apply for a holiday working which would by far be your best bet (Brad).

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Post by Infidel » Sun 03.25.2007 11:35 am

Rykk Adams wonders why Mike Cash and Zengargoyle speaks in third person.

Maybe Rykk should speak in third person too. Would everyone like rykk to speak in 3rd? Rykk thinks everyone would like that. Maybe rykk isn't too good at thinking? Hrmm, Thinking is hard for rykk.

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Post by keatonatron » Sun 03.25.2007 12:39 pm

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Post by AJBryant » Sun 03.25.2007 2:22 pm

Tony's head just exploded.


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