G-Ratasaurus Rex wrote:
Spencer wrote:Sigh, April....come sooner.
1.5 more months.... .... .... ....
wish it was April now
Don't worry guys, I got this.
Hey Spencer, I'll bite.
How did this +1 to your post count work out? Still good? Good. Keep at it.
Ha. THINGS MORE WORTH YOUR TIME THAN MOPING ON THESE FORUMS
GET A PLAN B - Jet is not the be-all-end-all.
There are plenty of other companies you can work for if you want to teach in Japan or Asia.... Interac (Japan), EPIK (Korea), CIEE for China and Southeast Asia... just to name a few. Many deadlines for next fall are in March so you could apply right now. Or companies like Interac, have April-start dates so you would come to Japan a year from now later if JET doesn't work out instead of 18+ months later.
POST-JET PREPARATION - If you want to do graduate school after Japan, take the GRE BEFORE you come.
It is much more hassle to take it in Japan and most schools accept scores that are up to 5 years old. For that matter, visit graduate schools and do info interviews with potential employers
. Seriously think about the years after JET. I know too many people that hated their job but stayed in Japan only because it was *easier* than going home for work/school.
GET A REAL JOB - Especially if you are in your last year of college, prepare to get a job just as if you are already rejected. Too many people get the dreaded "waitlist" and then dink around till August (till December...) hoping for that upgrade call that never comes, that's like wasting six months you could be building your career
. Another reason to work, the people that come here after 1-3 years of work experience are far more mature with the transition, better at their job, and frankly less *risky* to JET. The difference between a 22 year-old and a 24 year-old was never to stark before I came here.
SAVE MONEY - The number one thing to bring to Japan is MONEY. For any start-up costs (cars, cell phones, parties...), you will want good resources before you get that first paycheck. Would you have $3000 six months from now?
Spencer wrote:I just spent 2 years in a province 3000 KM away from my hometown, finishing school. Do not really have a lot of friends left back in my hometown. Spending a couple years in the middle of nowhere Canada is not good for friendships. I have some, but, most of them got married, or are busy. My life is pretty bland.... HAHA
If being in Korea and rural Canada are the reasons you don't have more friends, coming to Japan won't help. It is just as easy to be asocial here as it is anymore... more in fact, without the language ability. The people that thrive in JET are the ones that have fun and outgoing despite being the the most rural-po-dunk part of Japan. And that doesn't happen by striving to reach the next "rank" level on the JET forums. That's seriously not an achievement to brag about.