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maggietulliver



Joined: 06 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:44 pm    Post subject: JET - Hmm... Reply with quote

Hey All,

Just wondering if anyone has experience with JET (particularly the application process), and has any tips for me...

Do they generally choose young, fit go-getters? Or would they be willing to give a 33 year old AUstralian woman with an MA (TESOL) a look in??

It sounds like a very interesting program, and one that I am seriously considering...

Any info/advice would be great.
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TWG



Joined: 25 Oct 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard they've raised their age cut off a while back. But I'm willing to bet they still prefer young, dumb, and pretty.
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maggietulliver



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I was afraid of...ah well.
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fluffyhamster



Joined: 13 Mar 2005
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Location: UK > China > Japan > UK again

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only way you'll know for sure is to apply. You'll at least be able to easily supply glowing referee letters, right? Wink
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G Cthulhu



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TWG wrote:
But I'm willing to bet they still prefer young, dumb, and pretty.


You'd lose that bet. Smile
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:13 am    Post subject: Re: JET - Hmm... Reply with quote

maggietulliver wrote:
Any info/advice would be great.


Search on here for lots of advice.

Apply. Please. Smile
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TWG



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G Cthulhu wrote:
TWG wrote:
But I'm willing to bet they still prefer young, dumb, and pretty.


You'd lose that bet. Smile


I wouldn't say you're old smart and ugly. Have some more self confidence.
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TWG wrote:
G Cthulhu wrote:
TWG wrote:
But I'm willing to bet they still prefer young, dumb, and pretty.


You'd lose that bet. Smile


I wouldn't say you're old smart and ugly. Have some more self confidence.


Feel better now? Rolling Eyes
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TWG



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a mix of yes and no for a number of reasons.
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you figure 23 is not young, especially when JET's upper age limit is around 40? Apply.
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenski wrote:
How do you figure 23 is not young, especially when JET's upper age limit is around 40? Apply.


Because she said 33? Smile
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TokyoLiz



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You ought to apply. Selection depends on how many applicants are recieved by the consulate or embassy in region or country you apply to. The JET Program is a bit of a lottery. I met some older JET Program participants.

Maybe someone else can tell you about the average age of JET Program participants. I was in the same cohort as my former Director of Services at a Canadian ESL school. So, yeah, the JET Program does accept experienced and mature professional teachers.
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Glenski



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G Cthulhu wrote:
Glenski wrote:
How do you figure 23 is not young, especially when JET's upper age limit is around 40? Apply.


Because she said 33? Smile
Gotta clean these glasses or change the prescription soon. Either way, 33 is not old.
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G Cthulhu



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenski wrote:
G Cthulhu wrote:
Glenski wrote:
How do you figure 23 is not young, especially when JET's upper age limit is around 40? Apply.


Because she said 33? Smile
Gotta clean these glasses or change the prescription soon. Either way, 33 is not old.


Def. agreed.
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marley'sghost



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was a JET, we had all ages, 23- to pushing 40. And all kids, recent college grads to licensed experienced professional teachers. If you want to come to Japan and want to teach, it's a better deal than working for a chain-conversation school or a dispatch company. Give it a shot.
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