Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programの総合的なクチコミ
English Teacher | 三豊市 | 2018年2月9日
Rewarding once in a lifetime experience
- A typical day included lesson planning, team teaching at least three classes, spending time with students, office meetings, and material preparation.
- I learned how to team teach classes effectively, how to organize and hold international events, and how to teach English as a foreign language.
- The teachers and school staff are incredibly friendly and supportive, and are willing to help you with pretty much anything.
- The hardest part of the job is trying to gauge how well you are doing, as teachers are often unlikely to give feedback.
- The most enjoyable part of the job was spending time with the students, teachers, and staff, as well as making new friends in the local community.
良い点Exposure to foreign cultures, office and community unity, plentiful experiences
悪い点Potentially isolating depending on the person and/or location
Public Relations Manager | 札幌市 | 2013年2月9日
Amazing chance to get your career started in a difficult job market
JET was the thing that kicked off my career and paid off the lion's share of my school debt. Oh, and I also finalized my learning of a second language, grew to understand another culture on a deep level, and had an unforgettable experience overall. If you're going to do the Japan thing, the JET program is simply the best.
Having said that... Japan is not the place for you if you have any physical or mental health issues whatsoever. The culture gulf is vast and the support network is non-existent. If you go here, be prepared to have your health tested to the limits. I experienced the only depressive anxiety episode of my entire life here, though in retrospect it was mostly caused by me being a dumb 22-year-old who didn't understand the importance of social relationships now that I was away from my family and everyone else I'd ever known. It got better! But if you require any sort of medication on a regular basis, this is just not the job for you. It's too dangerous.
I would also like to mention that unless you intend to teach English, or move to Tokyo, there are no opportunities for employment available to you as a foreigner. Understand this and you will find Japan amazing and everything you could hope for. Misunderstand this and your time there will be an exercise in frustration.
Haha, this is a pretty heavy review... but in summary, I strongly feel that Japan is both the adventure of a lifetime, and not someplace to decide to work in lightly. Do your research! Especially
良い点amazing adventure, earn a healthy salary, get fit, good program for this sort of work
悪い点culture differences can be stressful, especially in the cir workplace, lots of overtime, not a lot of other foreigners
High School Teacher | 小山市 | 2017年6月15日
Great for Recent Grads/Not Trained Teachers
After having my own classroom in the US for four years moving to an assistant position in a foreign country was a bigger jump than expected. Japanese culture is often difficult and the logic results in the exact opposite of what a Western trained mind concludes. Patience and consideration is key. My three years flew by in a flash and the friendships have endured, with the help of social networking sites. While Japanese is not a prerequisite, it is advisable to pick up more than just the conversation starters.
良い点Good salary, government support
悪い点remote locations, culture shock
Assistant Teacher | 本巣市 | 2015年2月6日
Very full-on yet incredibly rewarding
Straight out of university this was my first 'real' job.
In my first month I spent the time (during the summer holidays - I had to come in every day despite this) creating lesson plans even though I had very little idea of what I was doing and knew next to naught what the children's English abilities were.
When classes started up in September however, I quickly grasped that as well as the inner workings of the Japanese workplace. In the two Junior High Schools I worked at, I took on a more assistive role. The Japanese Teacher of English (JTE) would stand at the front of the class explain the grammar etc, then we'd perform a skit for the students. Then I'd introduce the new vocabulary and get them to repeat it. Next we'd begin the exercises where they'd translate texts from Japanese to English and vice versa. I'd help students who didn't understand. When we were checking answers I'd be the one to write the sentences on the chalk board.
At the Elementary schools though, I had much more say. From week 1 I was more or less given the leads and told to do what I want. As there's no set curriculum in Elementary schools I really could do what I want. I utilised Power Point and made funny slide shows with sounds and well-known characters to introduce the grammar in a way that would be easily remembered by the students.
After class I'd go to the teachers room and write up next weeks 4 classes' lesson plans in Japanese and begin making the cards etc that would be used. After whic
良い点Schools were close, playing with the children at breaks
悪い点Long hours (often worked at home after work), Not very technology based
English Teacher | 東京都 | 2017年8月1日
An Intercultural Experience
- Hands on experience working with Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs)
- Typical day at work would include planning lessons and teaching them with JTEs
- Learned patience, understanding and respect in cross cultural communication
- Management - Worked closely with JTEs to plan lessons and meet teaching standard goals, at other times given much creative freedom for planning lessons
- Workplace culture - Independent work
- Hardest part of the job - motivating shy students to participate in English communication
- Experiencing cross cultural communication, cultural festivals and traditions, and representing my community, state and country as a local American ambassador were the most enjoyable parts of the job
良い点Intercultural experiences, cross cultural communication, creative freedom
悪い点No job advancement within JET
High School Teacher | 兵庫県 | 2013年4月13日
And excellent experience
And awesome experience to have an impact in Japan. Great clients
悪い点not a lot of long term security
Assistant Instructor | 岡山県 | 2016年7月26日
A good experience abroad but not a full-time career
JET Programme is constantly reviewed as being the best program for teaching in Japan. Unlike private companies, there is the chance to be employed full-time and receive benefits, which as a foreign worker is extremely necessary.
However, the program is aimed at college graduates, and so there is little space for advancement. The work culture can be stressful at times, but overall it is a good experience, especially for people looking to live and work abroad. Also, there is some confusion on the ground level, as JET was meant as a cultural exchange program but most native teachers expect the ALT or CIR to serve as an additional English teacher (grammar, pronunciation) before if ever using them as a cultural resource.
A lot of commitment is necessary and interviews are often very strict. The competition can be extreme, but this also varies from embassy to embassy, as some HR workers are seeking fun personalities to share the world with elementary students while others are looking for no-nonsense high school teachers ready to prepare students for college. It's not for the faint of heart, but it is a rewarding experience.
My typical day involves designing lesson plans and preparing materials. Depending on which school I work at (I work at 4), this can mean working on my own and then checking in with my co-teacher at a brief meeting before class or working side-by-side ahead of time. Flexibility is necessary, not to mention a willingness to comply with regulation from th
良い点cultural experience, full-time, benefits, free classes for skill building, confusion on the ground about your role
悪い点stressful work culture, little flexibility, culture shock and burnout, little room for advancement, visiting home is expensive and limited by school schedules
Assistant Teacher | 仙台市 | 2020年10月5日
It's a little too fun
I really like this job, and would recommend it. However, my BOE had a policy of only two years per school. The JET Program has a maximum of 5 years. My first two years went by faster than I could blink. 5 years would still manage to feel too short. It was heartrending to leave my school, students, and life solely to fill some BS rule. If I chose to go there, that would be one thing, but I was put in that city at random. They also had no problem assigning you to new elementary schools at random with no chance to say goodbye to the old ones. If you're a soulless automaton and don't get attached to things then no big deal for you.
良い点Great experience, lots of support, great kids, good start to Japan
悪い点You are at the mercy of your Board of Education's whims and they are absolutely inflexible.
Assistant Teacher | 静岡県 | 2020年1月8日
I think that your experience varies by where you are located and who you are employed by. I'm very unhappy with my location and employers. I don't recommend this job to people who are more free-willed and free thinking than the average person.
良い点steady income, job security
悪い点not flexible working hours/rules, inconvenient location, close-minded work environment, no support
Assistant Teacher | 阿南市 | 2020年1月2日
It's mostly great, with its downsides
If you want to experience living in Japan and being placed in the countryside, and if you're interested in Japan and teaching English, then please apply! I have definitely mostly enjoyed my 2 years on the program, but you'll have to remember that it's not permanent. But it's a great introduction to teaching English and life in Japan and a good opportunity to decide if you want to do this job long-term.