A Japan Guy Interview: Preparing to Move to Japan featuring Amanda Taylor

I recently conducted an interview with Amanda Taylor of whoa-im-in-japan.com. I got word that she would be moving to Japan on January 10th, 2011. The tenth is a special day for me, because that’s the exact same date that I moved Japan (I came January 10th, 2008). Amanda’s training is actually happening around the same time that mine did. She’s been commenting on some of the posts here at the Japan Guy, so I thought it would be a good idea to interview her and get someone else’s perspective on that rush, that excitement you feel when you’re moving to Japan. I really enjoyed talking with Amanda not only because she seemed like a really cool person, but because she really did her homework. She was well informed about living and working in Japan. As a result I think you’ll be able to get some really good, candid info about moving Japan just by watching.
You can check out Amanda Taylor’s blog at: http://whoa-im-in-japan.com

If you have an comments, questions, or concerns please feel free to post away in the comments section below, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions I can, or hopefully Amanda will have a chance to field some questions.

Here is the three-part interview series with Amanda Taylor:






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  • kei

    Eikawa is Japanese for “English Conversation”

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks, Kei. I do make my mistakes, as you can see, I tried to correct it, but thanks for the heads up. I appreciate that.

  • Amanda

    I’ve been in Japan three days and I have to say, you never quite can be 100% prepared for a move like this one, no matter how much you research. Not to say I regret the move or anything like that, just there’s a lot to adjust to.

  • Interesting interview. Well done Amanda! The darkness was a little myseterios though LOL Was like one of those news interviews with people who want to keep their identity hidden, like children and rape victims. and your voice was a little metallic like the voice modifiers they use on those stories. Was that done purposely?
    You sound like you really got a good plan and I hope it works out as close to plan as possible, but you seem like you’re adaptable enough to roll with the punches.
    Good luck!
    By the way, I did Nova for three years and it wasn’t so bad…I was lucky enough to get out b4 the meltdown though so i don’t have many horror stories that wouldn’t be applicable to any of the franchise English schools, ECC and Aeon included.
    Anyway, gotta get back to mriting just wanted to give a shout out to you Japan Guy. Well done…I’m sure you’ll be doing more of these, and I look forward to checking them out

    • Amanda

      Haha! No, my camera was just acting the fool that day. Thanks I hope my plans work out.

  • Ken

    Incorrect about needing a 4-year degree to work in Japan. I’d you have sufficient experience (usually 5-10 yrs) in a certain industry, and can prove it, you don’t need a degree. I don’t have a degree and I’m on my second 3-year working visa.

    • Donald Ash

      Wow! You are honestly the first person I’ve come across that’s done that. But I have to say you are definitely an exception to the rule :)

      For many of the companies here in Japan, it is correct, you do need a college degree to teach English. I know with the bigger companies you do. When I signed on with AEON, one of the first documents I had to send them was my college diploma. I think ECC, JET, and some of the larger ALT providers are quite similar in that regard.

      I am willing to bet if you randomly surveyed 100 English teachers working here in Japan, at least 95 of them would have degrees.

      Thanks for posting, Ken.

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