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Filed under: — Andy @ 7:20 pm

Well I have moved back to the Tokyo area.. Actually closer to Yokohama this time, but more on where I live later. I have been frantically searching for a job for the last few weeks and now have to make a choice, especially keeping in mind that my current visa will expire in 2 weeks.
1) Take a position as an English teacher again, this time as an ALT for an elementary school. The pay is decent, and I will get a long and paid summer and winter vacation. It will be an easy job as I just get to play with kids all day. However, I will have to get up early every day and be at school by 8:30am. Also, it will be one more year of computer and IT experience that I wont get.
2) Although I have not yet received an offer, I can continue to search for an IT related job. I have had some interviews and will have some second interviews this week, but there are no guarantees. The pay will be higher and I will be able to save more. I will gain more computer related experience and get to increase my skill set. I will get to work in a Japanese environment and practice my Japanese every day. However, there will likely be a lot of overtime work. I may not get an IT job that really interests me and hate everyday at work, or 2 weeks may pass and I may not get a job at all.

It is time to decide. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Email is also welcome.


  1. If the first option was something more worthwhile in personal development terms, or if you thought you wanted to work with kids, I would say the first one is worth considering, but it feels like at this point in your life you need to do something more constructive and forward thinking. I say keep searching.

    Comment by Lenny — 4/21/2008 @ 9:49 pm
  2. Hey, Andy!
    It’s Roman from Okinawa ;-) I found your blog, very interesting. Try 2), but make sure there will be no or little gzangyou. There are plenty of western style companies out there ;-) Good luck, man!

    Comment by Roman — 4/22/2008 @ 12:09 am
  3. You still have about 40 more years to work.

    Comment by LT — 4/22/2008 @ 9:34 pm
  4. Did you get any leads from my suggestions?

    Comment by Emily — 4/23/2008 @ 8:43 am

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