RoBot wrote:merkypie wrote:mobiuschic42 wrote:I'm certain that studying abroad in Japan made me a much stronger JET applicant, and may well be why I got an interview.
I don't believe that going to Japan is a guaranteed ticket to an interview. There are thousands of applicants that have went abroad, some even to Japan, and not earned interviews (case in point, look at the who's been to Japan thread and compare the responses to how many actually got an interview). I never went to Japan in my life and I got an interview. I think the theory that going to Japan = Interview really trips up a lot of potential applicants and perhaps deters a lot of people with strong potential in other areas from applying.
Having a strong SOP, strong references, and decent qualifications gets you an interview with the JET Program. Going to Japan is not the sole deciding factor.
I agree. I have never been to Japan and I got an interview. However Ido think that some form of international experience, be it holidays or living abroad is desirable but not essential.
Um, guys, that's why I said "stronger" and "may." I don't have a background in education, so *for me* it is likely that studying abroad made me a stronger applicant, and that it may be why *I* got an interview.
In no place did I say it was required and, come on, in what way can studying abroad in Japan hurt your JET application? I didn't say you can't get in without it or that it automatically equals an interview, so let's be a little gentler, k?
It surprises me a bit how eager people are to jump all over innocuous posts in these forums. Sure, when someone says something obviously offensive or wrong, it makes sense to respond, but I would think this would be a place where we'd be encouraging and helpful. You can certainly talk about your experience without saying that others are flat-out wrong about their perceptions.