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MJjunkie86
October 29th, 2012, 22:27
Not sure where else to put this.

I have 2 questions so far.
1: Q17 on the online app says duties, and you're supposed to say whether you want to do that duty or not. But on mine there are no options and no boxes. It just goes straight to Q17a
Does everyone elses form do this?

2:Q27 about " international/intercultural experiences" is it really asking me to list where I've been on holiday?!

flamingpriest
October 30th, 2012, 03:47
1 - Yes, mine's like that too, and it was the same last year. Q17a is the first option for the duties section, 'Q17' itself only acts as a sort of heading.

2 - Yep. A lot of learning and cultural exchange can happen during holidays abroad, which is probably what JET is interested in.

coop52
October 30th, 2012, 08:16
I thought that the international experience question was more for study abroad or extended holidays, not just a week or so with a tour group. At least that's how it was back in the day when I applied.

Cytrix
October 30th, 2012, 10:31
Hell I put down my week-long trips to Australia which is like popping next door to your neighbour's place for us Kiwis. Anything to show this isn't your first time overseas is a good thing

Tyr
October 30th, 2012, 13:11
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2:Q27 about " international/intercultural experiences" is it really asking me to list where I've been on holiday?!

Bare in mind this is the same form the Americans use. Going abroad is a bit of a big deal for many of them, not so easy and common as for modern Brits.
I don't think you need to put too much on that, I pretty much just said for the holidays part "have taken holidays to France, Spain and Greece. Spent a summer travelling in central Europe visiting Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Might have once been abducted by aliens and taken to their secret base on Venus."

MJjunkie86
October 30th, 2012, 21:34
Thanks guys :) Think I shall just put down "big" holidays as opposed to little ones! 3 months in Kenya vs 3 days in Amsterdam! LOL

Hadnt realised that Americans have basically the same form! Makes sense now!

Glad you made it back from Venus safely! ;)

MJjunkie86
October 31st, 2012, 03:48
Another question...
Q25 about Uni.
I did the first 2 yrs of my degree at one uni now i'm finishing it off at another uni but the form doesnt allow me to put this down. My first uni, they gave me a certificate with a lesser award which I guess should go in the 4th place. So how do I get around this? Just put all four years at my current uni...or what? :/

kenright
October 31st, 2012, 05:51
Another question...
Q25 about Uni.
I did the first 2 yrs of my degree at one uni now i'm finishing it off at another uni but the form doesnt allow me to put this down. My first uni, they gave me a certificate with a lesser award which I guess should go in the 4th place. So how do I get around this? Just put all four years at my current uni...or what? :/

Wait, on the American application they have up to 5 spots for education... Put the dates you attended your most recent university in spot number 1, and the dates you attended the previous university in spot number 2.

If you can't get the transcripts from your current University to accurately reflect your transfer credits, then you can get a transcript from the other Universities on the list.

Also. as to the certificate they awarded you at the first University, I presume its some sort of Associate's degree, and that probably has a relevant abbreviation from where you are.

MJjunkie86
October 31st, 2012, 07:01
On ours they have 4 spots. One for Undergrad, next is Masters, next is PHD and next is Other. So I kinda have 2 undergrad uni's, one of which also fits other. So putting it in the second spot cant be done as it's not a masters degree.
*sigh* :(

kenright
October 31st, 2012, 07:06
On ours they have 4 spots. One for Undergrad, next is Masters, next is PHD and next is Other. So I kinda have 2 undergrad uni's, one of which also fits other. So putting it in the second spot cant be done as it's not a masters degree.
*sigh* :(
Your application is weird.

Put the two years that you are spending finishing your degree in the undergrad space, and put the other two in the other space.

abbajen
October 31st, 2012, 07:38
I put down everywhere I've ever gone that wasn't the US. :) That's what I did the first time, too, and that time I got in.

MJjunkie86
October 31st, 2012, 08:10
Thanks guy, I shall split them over the two sections :)

For my main 3 holidays Ive mentioned Japan this year, Kenya where I went for a few months and also a holiday I took with my Grandma, to get the whole family thing in there! ;) The rest I kinda just listed in the other box!

Hexi
November 1st, 2012, 04:05
I listed basically every time i've been abroad. XD but admittedly they were mostly for extended periods (living in america for 4 years, my grandparents live in spain and i've been going since i was very small almost every summer, etc)

and the other questions, don't they eliminate themselves after you select ALT?

Sent my online application off today! wahoo!

MJjunkie86
November 1st, 2012, 08:07
LOL Yeah I basically listed everywhere I've been recently! Never lived abroad tho! Lucky you!! :p

Yay congrats on your application!!

MJjunkie86
November 2nd, 2012, 03:05
Advice please...
the informal language bit... I've put what I've been doing...Blah blah blah but what do you think about putting in this....
I also learnt a few key phrases while in Japan, mainly, "No ice, please!"

Yes/no? Is it a bit too casual? Or just on the right side of fun but appropriate?!

MJjunkie86
November 2nd, 2012, 03:11
Ugh and in order to have "introductory" as a rating for language you have to know both Hiragana AND Katakana :/ You think I can get away with only knowing H..?

MJjunkie86
November 2nd, 2012, 04:06
I think you can tell what I'm doing tonight... ;)

The tattoo question, I don't need to say what the tattoo is, only that I have one and the size of it. Right?

kenright
November 2nd, 2012, 05:08
Tattoo question? That sounds unpleasant (and I'm pretty sure they just want to know what you have, where you have it, and how large it is). Also pretty sure that will preclude you entirely from Osaka.

As for knowing hiragana and katakana, they're both really easy to learn, it should only take you a week at most to know them and then a few more to be able to read them relatively quickly; the fact that the writing system is syllabic makes it reaaalllly easy to learn.

Hexi
November 2nd, 2012, 05:54
i put level 1 japanese and im only just learning katakana too so.... :/ they're both fairly easy though. you will probably have them both down by the time the interview rolls around. :)

as for informal language learning i listed the genki book and workbook i have been using and then just something like "personal learning from various media and materials" lol. a kind of roundabout way of saying "i watch anime and jdramas and read magazines" haha. I'd say the "no ice please" is a bit too jokey and informal for this part of the application. you can always talk about it in the interview if they ask?

for the tattoo and piercings part i just wrote about where they were, what size (cause they did ask for WHAT it is of) and whether or not they are easily removable/concealable.

MJjunkie86
November 2nd, 2012, 07:12
Oh yeah, duur! I forgot that by the time the interview rolls around it will be months from now! It didnt take long to learn the Hiragana, so I suppose the Katakana will be fairly easy too :)
I use a great site called Memrise, really helped me to learn the Haragana quickly :) Think I just justify putting intro level, instead of no Japanese :)

Candidates who have tattoos and / or body piercings, please describe the details of the location and the size in this section as well. Please have your doctor complete the Statement of Physician, except for tattoos and body piercings

It doesnt actually say to describe WHAT they are, only where and how big... I think I put basically the same as you, making sure the first thing I said was how easy they are to be covered! LOL

Good idea about the ice thing. I'll save that gem for the interview ;)

abbajen
November 2nd, 2012, 08:04
That's crazy - we don't have the tattoo/piercing section on our app here in the US.

MJjunkie86
November 2nd, 2012, 08:17
Really!!?!
Ours was kinda tacked on to the end of another question!

Gizmotech
November 2nd, 2012, 15:34
Does your level 1 on the application say "beginner" beside it or something? Level 1 here in Japan is the highest level of the JLPT which is just a "bit" past hiragana.

Hexi
November 2nd, 2012, 19:56
haha! yeah it goes by 0= none 1=beginners 2=introductory etc. introductory is compared to elementary level japanese.

lesretrouvailles
November 14th, 2012, 07:31
I had some specific questions regarding the application form as well, so I hope it's okay to tack them on here! It seems like there are some discrepancies between the various country applications, so just FYI I'm looking at the US one!

1. I have an article published in a scholarly journal, but since there isn't a resume section, I'm wondering if there is another section I could put it in (e.g. "Honors/Awards"), or if it is even necessary to include in the online application?

2. The instructions for the online application read, "Type 'N/A' into any text boxes (date field excluded) that are not applicable to your situation." Does this literally mean to put "N/A" into any text field that I would otherwise leave empty? And on that note, on the "Higher Education" section, I only attended one university. When I insert "N/A" into the other "Name of Institution" fields, I receive an error about leaving the date fields blank. Should I just leave all of the institutions blank? What did you guys do for this part?

Gizmotech
November 14th, 2012, 09:02
You put N/A into everything.

Does your article have any relevance to ESL/teaching methodology? If not, just don't worry about it to be honest.

lesretrouvailles
November 14th, 2012, 09:44
You put N/A into everything.

Does your article have any relevance to ESL/teaching methodology? If not, just don't worry about it to be honest.

Thanks!

Re:the N/A, I should have been more clear. I'm asking because when I follow the directions, I get an error message on the "Higher Education" page because it actually requires a date and a major (the latter of which is in a drop-down menu). In fact, it won't let me submit my application with this error, so I'm just curious as to what other applicants are doing for this page (or if they are even getting this error as well).

The error message is:

Degree
A required field has been left blank. (In Section: Higher Education)
for each item (degree, major, date earned/expected).

Gizmotech
November 14th, 2012, 10:00
Thanks!

Re:the N/A, I should have been more clear. I'm asking because when I follow the directions, I get an error message on the "Higher Education" page because it actually requires a date and a major (the latter of which is in a drop-down menu). In fact, it won't let me submit my application with this error, so I'm just curious as to what other applicants are doing for this page (or if they are even getting this error as well).

The error message is:

for each item (degree, major, date earned/expected).

Call your local consulate/embassy and ask them to clarify then. They may prefer you put N/A and a BS date, or just leave that section blank.

lesretrouvailles
November 15th, 2012, 00:21
I have tried calling both my local and the DC one and haven't yet been able to get anyone on the line, so I thought I'd ask here. I'll keep trying them though!

Edit: nevermind. It says on the application page to leave it blank. Seems like I need a coffee.....

MJjunkie86
November 19th, 2012, 04:04
Ok, so I literally cant remember when I last went to the Dr with something they are interested in.
Should I just put "NA" for this question...
1. When and for what reason did you last consult a physician? (Colds, fevers, acne [if not currently undergoing treatment] may be omitted. Also visits to OB/GYN facilities or consultations for the requesting of contraception may be omitted.) Please have your doctor complete the Statement of Physician

??

jjstrand
November 20th, 2012, 02:30
I emailed them this morning asking about some minor visits to the doctors, just to make certain I didn't need a Statement. They said:


Dear Mr Strand,

Thank you for your interest in the UK JET Programme.

Applicants will only need to have their doctor complete a Statement of
Physician if their medical conditions are ongoing/recurring and if they are
currently undergoing treatment. However, for nervous or mental conditions,
applicants must submit a Statement of Physician regardless of whether or not
they are no longer receiving any treatment.

We hope this answers your query.

Kind regards,

UK JET Programme

This isn't directly what you're asking, I know. But I still put in how I went to see a nurse for some headaches I was getting (eye strain from my final semester at Uni). If you can remember anything you went for, put it down- just because there's not really any reason not to. It probably won't matter, but why not.. But if you haven't been for anything but colds/never/acne/contraception, then you've got nothing to put, so I'd N/A it!

MJjunkie86
November 20th, 2012, 03:01
N/A'ing it it is! :) Thanks!

onaJETplane
November 20th, 2012, 05:08
I've been on acne antibiotics for a few years now and put it down. Since it's an ongoing treatment (well prescription) I got my Dr to complete the form. Better safe than sorry.