Teaching in Japan in my 30's

by Oren Schulman
(Tel Aviv, Israel)

I am currently finishing a degree in Chinese acupuncture in Israel, and have wanted to live in Japan for a few years now. I am American but have moved around quite a bit over the years. I lived in Thailand for 1 1/2 years studying Thai massage. I lived in the states, England and Israel. I realize my best bet at experiencing Japan is to teach English. I used to teach kung fu to children and loved it. I dont know how much different it would be to teach English, but would love to give it a go.

I will be 33 when i finish my studies. I already hold a BA in philosophy. I was wondering if this is too late to come to Japan to teach. I understand most TEFL teachers are in their 20's.
Thanks for your advice.

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Dec 05, 2010
Thanks Kevin
by: Oren Schulman

Thanks for all of the information Kevin.
Appreciate it!

Nov 02, 2010
Teach in Japan in Your 30`s
by: Kevin Burns

I definitely don`t think it is too late and in fact some schools would prefer hiring you over a younger teacher.

With your relative maturity compared to the people in their twenties, your degree, plus
your experience of living in many countries, you
should have no problem getting hired by a good
school in Japan.

We hired a teacher in her late 50`s and we have
hired a few teachers in their 30`s. Frankly I prefer the teachers in their thirties over the teachers in their twenties. They tend to be more solid and need less supervision regarding
their teaching and general work habits.

When we have had problems with teachers, it has usually been with the one`s in their early twenties.

(Not to alienate the twenty year olds reading this! But I should be honest. Some of the twenty year olds are not very solid as people.
They are still trying to find themselves. While this is normal and we have all gone through it (looks at self in mirror), it can be a challenge to your employer--especially an employer that has taken a legal responsibility for you in Japan.)

Employers sponsor you for a visa and it means much more than just the visa. Few people realize that that sponsorship is basically
vouching for that person with Japanese immigration. The school or business that does the sponsorship is putting their reputation on the line.

You could pursue work in your other studies --accupuncture etc part-time once you land a
teaching position and secure the proper work visa.

Check out the list of English schools at our site
and start applying. Better still, save up your money and just come after reading as much as you can about living and working in Japan.

Find a cheap place to stay and go to interviews.
Best hiring times are just before and in April, and just before and in September.

Hope this helps!


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