JET Program Reviews

Updated Apr 29, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great immersion into Japanese culture(in 43 reviews)

  • "Easy and rewarding work with good pay(in 39 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Every board of education situation is different so job conditions vary wildly(in 75 reviews)

  • "Now depending on where you are there could be a strong community of other JETS and very engaged prefectural advisors that might be able to fill the gap(in 34 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great job and experience

      Apr 26, 2021 - Teacher in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Good benefits -Good support system -Good pay for the industry

      Cons

      -Limited advancement opportunity -Quality of experience can vary wildly depending on school assigned to

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Job and cultural exchange in one

      Mar 26, 2021 - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Chance to experience Japan as a resident, and to interact with locals everyday, often in more rural locations. Working with Japanese teachers and students of English, you can introduce them to your home culture as well. Pretty good support system of other ALTs as well as local Board of Education staff.

      Cons

      No choice of where you are placed, so you have to keep an open mind. Thought there is a support system, you will still be on your own for a lot of things, and you need to be ready for that.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fantastic

      Mar 25, 2021 - Educator in Miami, FL
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      Pros

      Well organized, thorough, fully supportive, extensive training and education on contractual rights, many networking opportunities, good hours and pay, health benefits, etc.

      Cons

      Perhaps some JETs could be given the opportunity to work for longer than 5-7 years.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Living in the countryside

      Apr 23, 2021 - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good pay A chance to experience Japanese culture

      Cons

      Minimal English support Unfavorable working hours Unfavorable work responsibilities

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good for a few years

      Apr 14, 2021 - Animal Caretaker in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Like outside of work can be great.

      Cons

      Japanese school system sets younger teachers up for power harassment. Sexual harassment of female employees.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company

      Mar 6, 2021 - Account Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Collaborative results-oriented upbeat energetic environment

      Cons

      Remote work is challenging with little support

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      Apr 2, 2021 - CIR 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good experience, good learning opportunities

      Cons

      low pay, not competitive salary, no advance opportunity

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great opporunity to experience Japan, but not great for longterm career prospects

      Jan 27, 2021 - ALT 
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      Pros

      You're likely to be placed in the countryside which allows for great cultural immersion and language learning. The job is fairly simple once you get used to it.

      Cons

      On the flip side, having no choice of where to live can lead to some extreme scenarios. Chance to become isolated and unable to do what you enjoy outside of work. You may be solely responsible for coming up with lesson plans or teaching. May face a salary drop if you want to continue teaching after 5 years of JET.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      Mar 11, 2021 - Assistant Language Teacher in Japan, MO
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      Pros

      Really depends on where you're placed. I was in a rural area but had a great time, although I know not everyone prefers the countryside

      Cons

      No consistent training; only a conference or two every year

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      It was worth it

      Jul 7, 2020 - Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      One of the best ways to experience living and working in Japan. Even if you are not interested in teaching as a profession, you can build skills like public speaking, project planning and design, intercultural communication, and more. The amount of insight into Japanese culture as well as the vocabulary that you can pick up in the course of your work and life there is priceless. It's difficult to get students to speak English, but they are fun to interact with once you gain their trust. In my experience, it's up to you to decide how proactive you want to be in your job and how much work you want to do.

      Cons

      The amount of responsibility that you have in the classroom varies wildly, and it can be extremely frustrating to feel underutilized a lot. Sometimes you are only asked to pronounce words for students, other times you might teach and plan classes on your own. If you're interested in being actively used, you have to push for it and build relationships with your colleagues. It can sometimes be difficult to get your teacher colleagues to work with you, though. Some schools have a great culture, while in others you might feel ignored and isolated. The best piece of advice I could give you is don't take it personally if you feel like you are trying really hard but can't seem to get students or people to work with you.

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