I don’t know if you remember my previous post about that Interac/AEON dilemma that I was having, but I did come to a decision. I opted not to take the job, and this was my reasoning:
Interac initially offered to pay me 100,000 yen as a relocation bonus and pay 100% of my transportation costs to and from Tsukuba everyday. It sounded nice, but once we got to the final talks, I was told that the 100,000 would be a starting bonus for the following contract. Most schools start in April, but the teacher for the Moriya position had to leave prematurely. So would have had a short contract from February to March of 2011 and then have been re-contracted from April 2011 until March of 2012. I considered everything that I was going to have to give up: 160,000 yen bonus, My February paycheck 292,000 yen, and my flight home, and finishing at AEON just seemed to make more sense.
I currently have exactly 5 weeks and 6 days until my AEON contract ends, which isn’t much time if you think about it. I still have to finish securing an apartment, getting appliances, and all of that stuff. But for some reason, I’m not really worried or feeling panicked yet. I did my apartment research, got some help, and I’m pretty sure I know which one I’m going to choose and I’ll finish all take care of the last of the key money/deposits/etc. on January 25th. As far as jobs go, I know how to “turn it on” when I need to, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing. I’ll try be so good that that they can’t say no.
Turning down that Interac job means I am banking on the possibility that I’ll find another job before the start of the school year on April 1st, 2011. I’m just happy I reasoned things out and made choice. The right choice or the wrong one? Who the hell knows…but I’ll make it the right choice for me.
I’m sure I will find a position, but if I don’t…I hear that stripping isn’t a bad profession here in Japan, for a strapping, willing, semi-young African-American man like myself, LOL.