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Are there any non teaching jobs In Japan

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I am a student and I am thinking to get a job in Japan that is non teaching maybe as a photographer #photography #teaching #career

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Christina’s Answer

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Hi/Konichiha Chichi!

So glad you asked your question. I love Japan and have many colleges and friends who either teach and/or work in Japanese related businesses (education, import/export, travel, etc).

I agree that teaching English in Japan is probably the best way for English language folk to land a job in Japan. Being a non-Japanese speaker does make it to some degree difficult in getting employed, however there are options. Considering you're a student, the best is probably: https://jetprogramusa.org/positions/
I actually knew a few friends/ classmates who went to Japan not knowing any Japanese but they taught English (at the end of the program they improved their Japanese greatly!)

Other options:
-Working at a hostel (where your language skills can be put to good use)
-Helping with travel companies and blogs (good idea for your photography skills!)
-Workaway, aupair programs, wwoofing, https://www.workaway.info/ https://wwoof.net/ (has a variety of options, make sure to check for post-covid updates)

Good Luck/ Ganbare!

Christina

Christina recommends the following next steps:

  • Try checking out virtual study abroad options! (https://www.aeastudyabroad.com/virtualexperiences/)
  • Consider visiting your local Japanese Embassy for updates about Tokyo Olympics opportunities (or in general for career advice)
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Patricia’s Answer

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While it is not impossible to find other jobs aside from Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Japan, the reality is the possibilities are quite limited unless you are able to speak Japanese as most Japanese people are not fluent in English. I would suggest getting in touch with the Japanese Embassy to find out what jobs would be available for you based on your skill set. As well, they direct you to some helpful websites and other resources.
Thanks for the information but I do speak beginners level of Japanese, I will call the embassy Chichi A. Translate
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