Alex Case wrote:The standard price for private lessons in a cafe seems to have dropped to 3500 yen an hour due to many agencies being set up to match teachers and students at this price. The good news is that you can use said services to set up a fairly full schedule quite quickly if that is what you are looking for. The bad news is that with the low yen and static or falling teacher wages it is virtually impossible to pay a British mortgage with a yen wage if you only work the standard 25 hour teaching week.
As you can get a spouse visa you don't necessarily need a degree or TEFL training, although both of these would help a lot if you wanted a job in a school or teaching business English instead. If you can get your Japanese language skills up to level (i.e. very high) there will also be the chance of an IT job in Japan.
You haven't really described any path other than a desire to change careers and be here in 10 years. A BA degree in English lit is not going to get you anywhere in Japan, other than entry level teaching jobs. You really need to think things out long and hard. You want to come here for a change of careers? Prepare yourself for it with the right education, experience, and language ability. Teaching English is practically the only job here that doesn't require much (if any) Japanese ability. It'll get your foot in the door, but coming at 55 to teach is pretty lame, especially if you have 10 years to plan for it. Again, no offense intended, but what you have just described is pretty incredulous to me.I met some english teachers out in Okayama who were really nice guys, but seemed to think I would have to leave my job to pursue this path.......I dont think i do
You can have a FT job and go to school, yes, but I think it is pretty obvious that such a thing will require lots of your time, working 8 hours a day, traveling 1-3 hours a day at the main job, and studying a few hours a night. You'd better have a job that can support your family. Want kids? Think more salary than an entry level teaching job, too. That's only about 200,000 to 250,000 yen/month these days and going down (yup, pretty much in line with what you have already discovered). Throw that figure at your wife, along with any distance learning tuition numbers. I hope she is willing to work and hold off having kids for a while.....other people must face the same issue...its not unusual to have a full time job and study.....i am happy to pay for it...
is there a way around it?
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