JET Program - Better off finding a real job in Japan | Glassdoor
  1. "Better off finding a real job in Japan"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator for International Relations in
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at JET Program full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - 3-year work visa, regardless of whether you renew your contract - No real work. Great for traveling or if you have other interests. - OK stepping stone to find other work in Japan, but not great. - No overtime, guaranteed!

    Cons

    - No chance of advancement--the very definition of a dead-end job - No real work. Get paid to be non-Japanese. - Taking a job here out of college will put you out of the running for new graduate positions at Japanese corporations.

    Advice to Management

    MEXT and CLAIR are *way* too hands-off with the day-to-day affairs of JET employees. Going to the orientations made it obvious that the administration had no idea that we were all basically getting paid to twiddle our thumbs.

    JET Program2012-11-25
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Language Teacher"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at JET Program full-time

      Pros

      Everyone at the school is warm and inviting. The students are lively.

      Cons

      Sometimes you have no work to do, and are bored.

      JET Program2018-08-30
    • "Great opportunity"

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      Former Employee - ALT 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at JET Program full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Everything is set up for you Rent is payed for or subsidized depending on BOE You get to live in Japan and be immersed in Japanese culture You get to work with adorable students

      Cons

      Working in a Japanese school as the sole English teacher (elementary school) can be difficult, especially if you don't speak Japanese, but really the pros outweigh the cons

      JET Program2019-05-09

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