JET Program - Better off finding a real job in Japan | Glassdoor
Pros
  • "I learned so much about teaching and Japanese culture" (in 27 reviews)

  • "It’s a great way to experience Japan in an authentic way, while contributing to whatever school you’re assigned to" (in 26 reviews)

Cons

Employee Review

Employee Review

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"Better off finding a real job in Japan"

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

I worked at JET Program full-time (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.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "I learned a lot about teaching, cultural exchange, and leadership."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Kōbe, Hyogo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Kōbe, Hyogo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at JET Program full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is fantastic. You will be able, if you are so inclined, to travel around Asia. You will meet awesome kids and other teachers. You will have lifetime experiences that other people can hardly dream of. For those who want to, you can learn Japanese or meet other people from around the world,

    Cons

    One of the most common complaints from ALTs is that they are underutilised in the classroom, as if they were only a tape recorder. Another big problem is cultural fatigue: little things may start to bother you after a while. Differences in culture may start to grate on you, especially in the workplace. The educational system is needlessly bureaucratic and convoluted at times, and the woeful state of English education in the country is enough to depress even the most optimistic of JETs.


  2. "Wonderful experience but remember, ALL experiences will vary!"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Kumamoto-shi (Japan)
    Former Employee - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Kumamoto-shi (Japan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at JET Program full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working holiday, great challenge, resume builder, opportunity to test oneself abroad

    Cons

    Difficult to adapt to high stress environment, annual salary decreased from 2012

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