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Emigration help pls

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Jimmeh, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. Jimmeh

    Jimmeh IncGamers Member

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    Emigration help pls

    hey, im currently 18, studying computing and i intend on getting out of england to move to the far east, hopefully Japan.

    Can anyone who has done the same give me some advice on how you went about it? How much money would i need to get started etc..

    Maybe a stupid far fetched question but ill try anyways :flip:
     
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    Quick, the Durf signal!
     
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    Damn, The Durf is slow to respond to that signal.

    His response times just aren't the same ever since he lost his licence for double parking the Durfmobile. The Durftricyle just doesn't have the speed.

    Plus the pink handlebar streamers somewhat detract from his menace.
     
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    A college degree is a big plus. It'll let you apply to the JET program that Pierrot is on now, or to get any of a number of other jobs that require a degree for a visa . . . What precisely are you interested in studying? What kind of work do you want to do?
     
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    Can't...focus....the....eyes.....baby...running.....canada....argh

    *commits suicide with a spoon*
     
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    For once, I have to agree with you.

    Disturbing avatar, Anacopper.
     
  7. Jimmeh

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    wouldnt mind being a computer enigneer or computer security specialist
     
  8. Jimmeh

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    Durf would you mind sharing exactly how you did it? (even if fairly briefly) im curious to know what qualifications you had and how you managed to raise cash for it
     
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    I did it by coming to Japan with my family when I was in high school. I started learning the language then and I continued learning it when I went to university; I graduated with a degree in Japanese and landed a job similar to the JET program positions, teaching English in schools and translating documents for the government of the town where I lived.

    There are a number of companies in Japan that will basically hire warm English-speaking bodies. All you need is a college degree of some kind. People use these companies as visa factories, working there for a few months until their work papers come through (you need the backign of an employer to get this permit) and then going to look for a better job, which will always be easier to find once you have a three-year work visa stamped in your passport.

    After that it's all up to you--your skills, your language ability, your talent for networking and meeting people who know where the interesting work is. There are lots of firms who would love to hire computer/networking specialists that can speak English as well as Japanese. It might be harder to land a position without Japanese talent, of course.

    As far as money goes, there are some employers (language schools mostly) that will offer you an advance on your salary or a loan of some kind to help you get to Japan and get settled in an apartment. There are others that will not, in which case you'll need enough cash to get to the country, get to the location of employment, and stay in a cheap business hotel or a "gaijin house" for a while until your salary checks start coming in. Renting an apartment can require a lot of money up-front. Tokyo is more expensive than anywhere else in Japan, of course, but if you can scrape together $2000 or $3000 it should be enough to keep you housed and fed until you get stuff lined up properly. (This is assuming you find a place that will hire you over the Internet/telephone interviews, of course. If you want to come to Japan and then start looking for a job you have to budget for more weeks/months of salary-free living.)

    Anyway, long story short, get a college degree first. If you can do that while you build up some savings for the move that's good, but it's the primary requirement if you intend to do this.
     
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    JET program - What I'm on. Experiences vary, but you get a 3-year visa, good pay, and 20 vacation days a year.

    Nova - Stands for 'no vacation.' You get to work your arse off at the McDonalds of conversation schools, but the pay is decent and you get the visa.

    ECC/Geos - Similar to Nova, a little better methinks.

    Aeon - Usually you need teaching experience, and therefore is a tad better than all but maybe the JET program.

    Private language schools - There are many companies that will contract you out to schools and the like. They pay less, but are more flexible. Downside is you get a one year visa only...

    I hear This Company is looking for someone to give them some new game ideas.
     

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