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Asked 7 years ago

It's easy to find a job as a English teacher in Japan if you are not a native speaker of English. What documents/diplomas/certificates would make finding a job in Japan easier? If I was a volunteer as a teacher would count? And what's the salary? 

Maybe you can help me with any information. I'm 16 so I have some time left before I chose a university. And, as an additional information, i'm from Romania and I study for Cambridge FCE, but I'd take CAE and CPE when I'd be at university. And I want to pass the JLPT exam.

Thank you, for your answers. :)

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As long as you have a bachelor's degree, finding a job as an English teacher seems to be relatively easy.  Having the JLPT does not necessarily put you in a better position for a job.  The JLPT does not grade you on your speaking ability.  It's only capable of testing your reading and listening comprehension.  

So, get a great degree.  Get work experience.  Practice speaking Japanese to a fluent level.  By then you'll be in great shape.

Answered 7 years ago


It really depends on what type of teaching job you want, but it will likely be a bit harder to find a job if you are not a native speaker.  It will help if you look like you might be a native speaker.

If you're going for the standard eikaiwa or JLPT gig, you will also need a bachelors (or equivalent) in order to get an entry visa into the country if you go with one of the major eikaiwa.  If you can find your own entry visa, than you won't have that restriction.

Salary will depend on the job itself.  JLPT tends to pay more than the other teaching jobs, but it's also harder to get.  Back in 2008, most of the full time teaching jobs I knew were 200,000 - 250,000 yen a month.  I would not expect it to have changed favorably since then, but maybe in a few years when you're ready it will have gone up slightly/

Answered 7 years ago