JET Interview

Wow so, wow. Just wow. So I had my JET interview on the 21st January (2016)! I am saving this post to publish once I hear back about the interview in April, but whatever the result I will post it in hope that it might be of some use to someone in the future who is preparing for their interview.

edit: I got shortlisted!

Some brilliant advise I got from my family the day before was to enjoy the day! This may be the only time you ever get to set foot into the Japanese Embassy, so enjoy it! This really worked for me, and every time I began to feel really nervous I would remember how excited I was, and how it was going to be such a unique experience for me! Of course I still felt nervous, but it really did help. The excitement and happiness that I had an interview for my dream job overrode the nerves to a degree. What I also felt helped when I felt my heart start to beat faster and my stomach started to churn, was to smile! Honestly, it instantly gave me some relief.

I had been preparing for interview questions for a long time, but equally I didn’t want to be over prepared. For example, I only had one mock interview at my university, but practised interview questions alone and with friends for months leading up to the interview.

The interview… So my mind was buzzing for the whole 20-or-something minutes of the interview. I was asked the main questions, Why Jet? What first made you interested in Japan? And some other questions like, How would you get a class of students talking? How could you use your interests to create activities? What could you share about your culture? How does the culture of (your island/home town) differ to the culture of (neighbouring island/home town)? -> this one was hard because as far as I know our cultures are very similar, so I said something about differing accents and animal breeds, which I don’t think really answered the question XD. 

They also asked if I knew Katakana and Hiragana, which I said I did, and that I was trying to learn the kanji currently in vue of taking N4 JLPT this year.

The last question was the one that threw me off the most! They asked me if there was anything that I was expecting to come up that they hadn’t asked in the interview. I had no idea what to say! Of course there were so many questions that I had prepared for that didn’t come up, but none of them seemed particularly important. I thought about it for a moment, and then said that I thought that they might ask me something in Japanese, even though I had put elementary as my level in the application. They then said that I could introduce myself if I wanted to. I was happy that they asked me because I always enjoy the opportunity to speak some Japanese. I hope it didn’t sound like I just wanted to show off though.. This is what I said:

みんなさん、今日は。はじめまして!___ともうします。フロとよんでください。__の島主審です。専門は美術です。どうぞよろしくおねがいします。

After saying, “minnasankonnichiha” both interviewers answered back and bowed to me while seated, which I completely wasn’t expecting! I really hope that I didn’t speak over them at that point, but I was too flustered to remember! The Japanese interview seemed happy with my introduction, and even said “arigatou” when I shook her hand at the end.

Overall I felt happy with the interview experience, but I have no idea if what I said was enough to get short listed!

If you are preparing for the 2017 interviews, or even further into the future. Good luck!

Here is a picture of Forrest Goodluck to bring you some good luck.

 

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Trip to Japan June 2014 -Getting there! + arriving in Nagoya

So I had a crazy idea in February 2014 that I just couldn’t get out of my head. I was going to go solo travelling in Japan 😀 I was so excited about this idea that I couldn’t sleep for days, and it was only after I had booked my flights that I could finally rest. Thanks to a generous student maintenance I could afford this budget trip to Japan! Oh the student life. Of course I hardly went out and didn’t buy anything new the whole of January-June 2014, but it was soooo worth it ^_^

I booked through Holiday Genie, which I don’t particularly recommend because they messed up my first flight booking. Basically they sold me a flight where the first section was flying with Finnair, fine, but the second part of the flight meant transferring to Japan Air Lines. No problem, this is how I got to Japan last time! Except Holiday Genie didn’t have permission to book JAL flights… So whatever I just had to book a different flight, this time with Air China. The return flight cost £577, which I think is a pretty fair price. I was happy booking anything under £600 for going to Japan.

A few days before I left I went for a good buy sushi meal with my sister 🙂

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And so on the 31st May I got on the Railair bus from Reading to Heathrow airport!

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For the whole journey my face was bright red! I think it was from nerves *><* I’d only ever flown alone on short flights before this. The flight announcements where really funny, they spoke them in Chinese first, and then a super fast English version. There was no way anyone was understanding anything from that, especially if English wasn’t their first language. On the flight from Beijing to Japan I was the only non-Chinese/Japanese or other Asian nationality, and when I got off the plane and went to the visa processing section of the airport went to go join the back of a cue with what seemed to be a large group of Chinese Business men and women, but instead an airport employee ushered me to another station that had no line that read “staff” on the top of the gate, because I’m not Asian? Well wasn’t complaining haha. My flight had been 2 hours late though! Which meant I actually got through security around 12pm >< I am so lucky to have had two wonderfully lovely people waiting for me at the airport, who had already phoned my hotel to say I would be late, and booked a taxi! Otherwise I would have been doomed…

Oh by the way I landed in Chubu Centrair Airport in Nagoya!

AA4M on the left is a distant extended family member, and A on the right is a friend of my sister. I can say that they both are very good friends of mine now though ^_^

A even made me up this amazing survival pack! I would have been so dehydrated and hungry without it, as I was in no state to leave the hotel >_<

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The pack included, body wipes, make-up wipes, factor 50 sun cream, a phone!, pancakes, orange juice, sweets and ココアラのマーチbiscuits, and even a big folder of Nagoya tourist information!

I stayed in a hotel for the first two nights so I could recover (EcoHotel Nagoya, 2500JPY per night) but then wanted to stay in a hostel where I could meet other travellers. I picked this place called Otohaya, (15400JPY for 7 nights).

I find the website for Otohaya so funny. The Japanese language version of the site has a really interesting hand drawn design, the Korean version is profession with a cool illustrated banner, even the Taiwanese site is pretty nice. You can kinda see a progression of losing interest in the design though…

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Japanese website

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Korean website

Basically by the time they got to making the English site they really couldn’t give a shit. Or they dramatically over estimated their paint skills..

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English site

But even with website design taken into consideration, the guest house was awesome! It was covered in these unique paintings of strange little people. The atmosphere was relaxed and housed some really interesting people. I met a contemporary experimental musician part way through his tour of Japan, and had an interesting chat with him (no idea what he was on about).

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outside of Otohaya guest house

Even the outside of the guest house had a super chill atmosphere. Often a guy would sit out on the bench at the front smoking, drinking and playing the guitar.

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These postcards appeared around my dorm the second night I was there. I wasn’t doing any of these things I swear!

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It even had its own little gift shop. I bought a fundoshi for my boyfriend from there haha

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The area that the guest house is in is full of love hotels! But apart from that it isn’t dodgy at all, and it’s only like 10 minutes or something walk from Osu Kannon!

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Many a love hotel

New blog

So I have been working on a little side blog, yabainamakemono.wordpress.com, which is a kind of light hearted, childish blog about my journey to get on the JET program (spoiler! this blog will take a depressing turn for the worst when I don’t get in), but I decided I really need to have a more serious blog… well not so much serious as down to earth and true to life? I’m not sure >< I don’t have a nice writing style so this blog is just going to sound like an unimaginative monologue most of the time probably… Sorry :P

Anyway this is going to be a general blog about my life in general, probably focusing my time travelling in Japan, and eventually my time living in Japan (because this is definitely going to happen no matter what, seriously guys ><)

Urrgh how many times have I used the word “blog” already? what a gross word D:

To start though I’m going to back post some stuff from my previous trips to Japan (is that cheating?)

まったね