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JET Program Reviews

Updated February 15, 2019
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  • "Every situation is different, so it's hard to know if your school or supervisor will be good or bad" (in 54 reviews)

  • "I happened to be placed in a city with a horrible Board of Education, but I worked at wonderful schools with wonderful teachers" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant language teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at JET Program full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive of their teachers

    Cons

    Only a five year program

    Advice to Management

    Make the contracts longer for outstanding alts


  2. "Good experience, some problems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JET Program full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    high salary, great living situation

    Cons

    not fulfilling, not enough support

  3. "A life changing experience."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A life changing experience.

    Cons

    Every situation is different, so it's hard to know if your school or supervisor will be good or bad.


  4. "Great opportunity to work in Japan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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    I worked at JET Program full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    JET pays fantastically compared to other private ALT schemes. The job security is great and there is a support network for anyone having problems. It is a very easy way to get to Japan as they organise everything for you and even pay for your flights. It is a rare opportunity to get to know Japan like a local if you don't speak Japanese. You aren't expected to do any overtime (in my experience) so working hours are minimal and work life balance is good. Be aware though that every situation is different and this can vary wildly!

    Cons

    Your placement is down to the luck of the draw and you can't choose where you go. Every situation is different, and your experience varies wildly between areas and even individual schools. Bad places can treat you as a human tape recorder.
    There is generally no chance for career progression.
    Being an ALT isn't much of an asset to your CV (especially in Japan) unless you can bring other skills and experiences along with it. If you hope to get a non-teaching job in Japan, good Japanese skill and experience except ALTing is essential.
     Hint: people without driving licences don't get sent to the middle of nowhere.


  5. "A Good Job for new Graduates"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Language Teacher
    Former Employee - Assistant Language Teacher
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at JET Program (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great opportunity for international experience
    - Easy work
    - Pay is good

    Cons

    - Can be boring
    - Not a career. Just a temp position


  6. "ALT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at JET Program full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for culture experience.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Terrific opportunity.


  7. "A Valuable Mix of Culture and Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at JET Program full-time

    Pros

    As a junior high and elementary school ALT living in the inaka, it was an exciting opportunity to travel between schools and understand Japanese school life. I lived near all of the other ALTs in my city and so that was also a unique experience to bond and develop skills together. I was able to get a good understanding of whether or not I wanted to pursue teaching/education seriously as I'd just graduated college and was still sorting out my career goals.

    Cons

    I was disappointed with the backseat role I was given at all of the schools I was a part of. I found that I was placed in the role of the human tape recorder for the most part and often met resistance when trying to take on bigger roles in the classroom.

    Advice to Management

    I think it would benefit program participants, Japanese English teachers, and local BOEs if there were greater opportunities for communication –including lesson planning, bonding, and understanding of roles.

  8. "Very good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best way to experience Japan

    Cons

    There were no downsides in my experience


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Language Teacher: Life of a JET"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Language Teacher
    Former Employee - Assistant Language Teacher
    Recommends

    I worked at JET Program (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you get the right placement, schools and teachers then JET will be an extremely enjoyable experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Great first job after college.

    Cons

    There are going to be times when the work is dry and not fulfilling. It comes with the territory of being an ALT. The overall experience really depends on the placement, which you at the end of the day have no real say on. Also when you return home getting a job after can be difficult if you want to have a real career that isnt teaching or along those lines.


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    "Assistant Language Teacher"

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    Former Employee - ALT
    Former Employee - ALT
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at JET Program part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -The salary for the amount of work is great.
    -Lots of time to travel.
    -Able to learn Japanese and meet/make friends from all over the world.

    Cons

    -Depending on where you are placed, you may not have a great working condition.
    -If you are a more experienced teacher, this can be boring and useless work to add to resume.
    -No chance for advancement, only a good as a temporary experience.

    Advice to Management

    More classes to your JTEs on how to effectively utilize your ALTs.