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Dan123



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:58 pm    Post subject: University job prospects? Reply with quote

It's early days right now, but I'm considering working in Japan starting September 2019.

I'm 26, from the UK, will have an MA TESOL in a few months and I currently have 4.5 years teaching experience in China (one year in a training school, the rest is at a university), but that's about it as far as my qualifications go.

From what I've been reading, it seems as though lots of universities like to hire teachers who have published papers. I've never published anything (like I said, I don't even have my MA yet), but would be willing to work on something. I'm not really interested in part time positions, but am also not looking to settle down in Japan permanently either, so short term jobs (1-3 year contracts) are fine with me.

Is it likely/possible that I'll be able to get a job there? If not, what else could I do to improve my chances? Are qualifications like a CELTA/DELTA useful?
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taikibansei



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given that you're young and not particularly interested in tenured/tenure-track positions, yes, I think you might be able to get a full-time university position even without publications or Japanese language ability. It will most likely be a yearly contract capped at 3-5 years, and it will most likely start on April 1 of 2020. (September starts are rarer and usually go to people already in the country.)

I would start searching the English-language side of JRECIN beginning next summer. Here's the link:

https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekTop?ln=1

The Chronicle of Higher Education's job site sometimes has ads for Japanese university positions as well:

https://chroniclevitae.com/job_search/new

Good luck!
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Dan123



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

taikibansei wrote:
Given that you're young and not particularly interested in tenured/tenure-track positions, yes, I think you might be able to get a full-time university position even without publications or Japanese language ability. It will most likely be a yearly contract capped at 3-5 years, and it will most likely start on April 1 of 2020. (September starts are rarer and usually go to people already in the country.)

I would start searching the English-language side of JRECIN beginning next summer. Here's the link:

https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekTop?ln=1

The Chronicle of Higher Education's job site sometimes has ads for Japanese university positions as well:

https://chroniclevitae.com/job_search/new

Good luck!


Definitely some reassuring information there, although I'm a bit surprised about the starting dates! Thanks a lot.
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taikibansei



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan123 wrote:


Definitely some reassuring information there, although I'm a bit surprised about the starting dates! Thanks a lot.



Different country, different starting dates to the academic year. (Just so you know, the Japanese school year starts on April 1, with a summer break usually from the end of July until sometime in September.)
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Dan123



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

taikibansei wrote:

Different country, different starting dates to the academic year. (Just so you know, the Japanese school year starts on April 1, with a summer break usually from the end of July until sometime in September.)


Ah, pretty stupid of me to assume that universities everywhere start in September!
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