Teaching in Japan
I didn’t want to continue being a solicitor and I wanted to live abroad.
Time for a Career Change – Time to be a TEFL Teacher Harriet Parker
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A journalist who wrote a new story as a teacher Paloma Tiba
Hello! My name is Tara and I’m in my late 20s. Having always been interested in travel, new people and new experiences I had considered teaching English a few years before taking my TEFL course.
I started taking a beginner's Japanese class after finishing university, and on learning a little bit of the language I became so curious about the culture that I decided this is where I have to go!
In Japan, there are quite a few companies that teachers can apply for, with varying requirements for teaching experience as well as varying ratings for employee satisfaction too! The reason I chose to get my qualification with the TEFL academy was to feel more confident going into those job interviews, knowing that I had put in the work and that I had the training and skills to teach well. I credit getting the job I really wanted to having my TEFL certificate. I didn’t do a TEFL course just for having another qualification to add to the CV, but for going into the interview knowing that I had what it takes!
So I moved to Funabashi, a 40-minute train ride away from central Tokyo, and what a blast it has been! My students are of all ages and from all walks of life. I jump from mommy and baby classes to discussing politics with businessmen and women. Sometimes I have to remember to tone down the excitement after a particularly energetic class of singing with preschoolers! Reading recitals are a bonus day because I am so proud of my students giving their speeches and seeing how they can slowly achieve their goals!
Japan is a beautiful country, and I feel that I have seen it in a way that I never would have been able to had I only visited for a 2-week holiday. I have been able to travel all around the country (as well as a spontaneous venture to Hong Kong one summer) and see some wonderful sights. My favourite thing has been the fantastic food, second only to the amazing connections I have made with my students and co-workers.
My experience here has been overwhelmingly positive, and I would recommend teaching English to anyone who wants to experience more in the world. I have friends who moved on to teach in other countries, such as Vietnam and China, which just goes to show that teaching English can take you to so many places. Wherever you want to go, get yourself teaching for a guaranteed adventure!