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Is it possible to work in Japan without a degree?

 
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kawaiikunoichi



Joined: 10 Sep 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:11 pm    Post subject: Is it possible to work in Japan without a degree? Reply with quote

I apologize in advance if this question has been asked many times before.

I have a certificate IV in TESOL with no teaching experience and i am looking for a way to get started.

Any advice would be much appreciated!!! Smile
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GambateBingBangBOOM



Joined: 04 Nov 2003
Posts: 1886
Location: Japan

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are married to a Japanese national, then you can get a spousal visa.

If you have three (I think) years or more of experience, then you can use that instead of the undergraduate degree to get a visa.

If you are a bartender you may be able to get an entertainer visa.

If you are a pro-sports player then you could get a visa.

If you are (and you ARE, according to what you wrote above), a regular person who just wants to teach English in Japan but are not married to a Japanese person then no, you cannot teach English in Japan without a degree.

Sorry. Try China. Or South America (or maybe Mexico?).
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thomthom



Joined: 20 May 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finding ESL employment in basically any country without having a bachelors degree is very, very difficult. I could only imagine it possible in the most dodgy schools and in the worst locations. And Japan is generally a more competitive place to find employment than Korea, China, or most SE Asian countries.

Anyway, short answer: you literally cannot get a teaching visa without a degree.
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Glenski



Joined: 15 Jan 2003
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Location: Hokkaido, JAPAN

PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gambatte is right about the 3 years of related work experience necessary.

Moreover, your avatar shows Sydney, so are you Australian? If so, you might be eligible for a working holiday visa (which requires no degree and no sponsor for a visa).
http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/w_holiday/index.html

In addition, if you are married to a non-Japanese who has a visa to work here, you don't need a degree to work, but it will only be part-time. Same goes if you are a student visa holder.

I strongly urge you to get a degree if you are interested in making TEFL a long-term career. You will only be disadvantaged without it.
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Pitarou



Joined: 16 Nov 2009
Posts: 891
Location: Narita, Japan

PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:31 am    Post subject: Re: Is it possible to work in Japan without a degree? Reply with quote

kawaiikunoichi wrote:
I apologize in advance if this question has been asked many times before.

I have a certificate IV in TESOL with no teaching experience and i am looking for a way to get started.

Any advice would be much appreciated!!! Smile
No degree, no experience, and no special ties to Japan = no visa. Sorry, pal. Try elsewhere.

(The forum rules include strict sanctions against any discussion of fake degree certificates, so please don't ask about it.)
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Pitarou



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GambateBingBangBOOM wrote:
If you are a bartender you may be able to get an entertainer visa.
But you'd have to work as an entertainer.

(Surprisingly, working in an eikaiwa does not count as being an entertainer!)
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