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Is that the only way of working in Japan?

Everything started with the question above: Is that the only way for foreigners to work in Japan? I have met many skilled foreigners here, but many of them work in the English teaching sector while aspiring to further develop their professional experience outside of eikaiwa.

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In particular, many of them are not satisfied with being an English teacher. It could be due to a lack of choice or cultural differences, or both. And business-level Japanese is often required by recruiters, hindering opportunities. I have met many people who worry about their future careers, as experience teaching English may not be viewed particularly favourably if he or she hopes to work in a different sector back home or in other countries.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with teaching English – as long as it fits your skills and your career goals and you are happy with it. English teaching is, after all, one of the most practical ways to come to Japan.

When you work outside your home country, you will most likely have fewer advantages compared to the nationals of your adopted country. This was the case for me when I was in Europe. However, the situation here in Japan seems different to me in some ways. One of the reasons is the language, again, for both foreigners and Japanese. For foreigners, you might not have learned the Japanese language before, while for Japanese, using English can be a challenge.

I imagine that you were very excited with lots of hopes and dreams when arriving in Japan. But, if you don’t enjoy your professional life here, or if you have come to be very tired of my country, perhaps I can help you.

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