Hi there, I'm Dan.
I finished a 120 hour online TEFL course last November from i-to-i and I would like to work in Japan teaching English but I need to hear from someone who knows something about it.
I will tell you my situation and I want you to tell it like it is for me please. Don't hold back.
I have my course, a degree and enough money for travelling there if I had to pay my own air fare.
Last year I came out of a long unhealthy relationship in which I was little more than a carer for over eight years. Because of this, (I will be honest,) ..... I have never had a job, except for student jobs a long time ago. What would a Japanese employer think of this? This is something I'd love to but I'm 34 this year with a perfect unemployment record!! I've heard the Japanese only hire young teachers and you get the boot anyway when you're 40. Is that true?
Set the record straight for me please. Give me the facts.
Also, what about on the job training? I haven't taught yet or had any training apart from the course. I would need full training regardless, employers know this right?
I keep re-reading the course material but it's getting boring. One other thing: If I did get a job there and wanted to stay on would it be easy to get a contract extension without leaving Japan?
Thanks very much.