We are JobsinJapan.com and we specialise in helping foreigners find work in Japan, not only in English teaching but many other industries as well. Take a look at our board for the latest jobs in Japan (many offer visa sponsorship).
Here are some things to expect when looking for a job in Japan.
In Japan the average monthly salary is around 250,000 JPY (~$2200). To give you a sense of the cost of living, your first apartment is likely to be around ~40,000 JPY per month in the countryside or minor cities, ~50,000 JPY in major cities like Osaka or Nagoya, and ~60,000 or more in the outskirts of Tokyo. Food is very cheap as long as you aren’t trying to eat like you do back home, with the average cost of a meal at a restaurant being 1,000 JPY ($8). Once you have been in Japan for over a year your options will open up with higher salaries and more prestigious institutions depending on your experience and qualifications.
Most companies will have you working a standard 30-40 hour work week depending on the type of job you do. Many Eikaiwa (English conversation schools) will operate mostly in the evenings, so you’ll only work from 4pm till 8 or 9pm, and will mostly have one weekend day off and one during the week. ALT and public/private schools have a much more predictable schedule, with weekdays 8-4 in the classroom and an average of 20 teaching hours per week.
For almost all English teaching positions in Japan you will need to have an undergraduate degree. This is mostly to endure that your visa is processed easily and quickly, but most companies will not take a chance on a teacher without a university qualification. You will also ned to like working with people and be willing to learn to be confident as a teacher in a classroom. Many of our jobs on the board have training for the job, but not matter how much training and how many qualifications you have, it takes time to become a confident teacher.
Most schools will initially ask for a 12 month commitment to teach at their company, and renewal is possible based on performance. Many of them also have a non-compete clause in the contract so you may not teach at other schools while you are under contract.
While the current pandemic era restrictions prevent foreign workers from entering Japan, this is highly likely to change in the near future, and many jobs will be ready to help you move to Japan, get you set up in an apartment and start your teaching job in Japan.
Take a look at JobsinJapan.com and start applying today.