25 December, 2016

Working in Japan (What I Learned)

During this time, I have been learning more about my real culture and also reading about living in Japan. This post was to discuss what I learned about working there. Obviously once moving to Japan, my family will be looking for jobs. I learned the importance of being able to speak and read Japanese, but also writing it manually. Not always on a computer or phone. Specifically, I looked into the healthcare jobs to perhaps continue my healthcare career. I read of an application and test that is hand written and it's only in Japanese. I also realized how important to know how to read and write the dates (time, month, day, year) on paper. Japanese is written differently than how you see it on a screen. This is also for Kanji, which can make things a bit more complicated. There are over 200 Kanji characters to know.

I have been practicing my Japanese calligraphy to not make any mistakes. It's incredible about the importance of writing identically the same as shown in tutorials. One little difference, and it can be saying something entirely different.

It is required that those who usually seek for a healthcare job worked in the field at least 3 years or more. I learned having work experience outside of Japan really has little relevance for the job you're applying for. 

It seems also that new workers are usually paid not at the full salary. You have to be there for awhile. I also learned it can be expensive living in Japan. The mortgage can be the same amount as your salary. That is why it seems best for more than one person in the household to provide income. 

However, I was given a warning to never give your passport to an employer. If you do, they do not give it back. This is a scheme to trap people at the job and in the country. Also, someone told me it wasn't best to become an English teacher. The reason is that it can be difficult and almost impossible to switch fields or to get another job doing something else. Not sure if that is credible, but I never had an interest in teaching English anyway. 

I am not saying being in Japan will be some great, fairy tale dream. No country is perfect. I just like Japan's publishing options and business opportunities. 

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