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sachi-chan
August 7th, 2005, 14:49
I'm thinking about applying for the JET '06 year and was wondering if any former JETs or whoever have any tips on getting accepted. I need all the help I can get!! Any tips on the essay would be helpful too.. like what to write about, ect... What kind of reccommedations would be good, like a volunteer job at an after-school program, your practicum teacher, ect...?

I also have a few questions:
Unfortunately, my GPA is not all that great... below a 3.0... I would have to say a 2.8. Also, my Japanese lang. grades weren't the best... in B-C range. But I did grad w/ a BA in Psychology and a minor in Business. Do you think my horrible grades will greatly effect my chances at getting accepted into the JET program?

Also, how does your level of experience effect your chances of getting accepted? I would have to say that I have little teaching experience. But, for my practicum, I did work at an after-school program and got some exp. at creating lesson plans when I organized a 6th grade girls group. I currently work with autistic kids and implement DTT and ABA techniques with them... but this is nothing like teaching the English language! Do you think this is enough exp. to warrrant at least an interview?

I applied last year and didn't even get an interview! That maybe due to may last min. decision to apply, my crappy essay, whatever. So now I'm trying to get everything together EARLY and see if it'll make a difference.

So any and all tips/help would be much appreciated!!
Any any comments on my chances of being accepting would be helpful too!

Thanks,
Sachi-chan :wink:

sachi-chan
August 7th, 2005, 16:13
Paul,
Thanks a lot for the tips. It was greatly apprectiated!! :D If you have anymore I would love to hear it. Are you currently in the JET program? If you dont mind me asking another question, should I worry about sounding all poetic in my essay or just answering the required questions? Is there a site for sample essays?
~ sachi-chan :?:

dobharrison
August 7th, 2005, 18:10
Good answer, Paul. You're more than just a pretty face, it seems!

My impression is that the type of people JET look for are those who can cope with living in Japan and dealing with the bullshit, isolation or whatever may come up. Emphasise flexibility and any cross-cultural experience and try to come across as someone who can deal with anything in a confident and understanding way.

JETs are not technically teachers, so teaching experience isn't necessary but, of course, it comes in handy, so emphasise that too. ANY kind of teaching experience will put you above most JET applicants, I imagine. Showing an interest in Japanese culture (with evidence, i.e. your Japanese course) is also important.

Getting an interview isn't really the hardest part as long as your essay is well-written. The interview itself is where you really have to sell yourself.

That's my impression, at least.

Doomer
August 8th, 2005, 10:05
I would also see if i could fit in what you wanted to do with your life and how JET would aid you when you get back home....the is also concerned about what you will get out of it as well...its an exchange programme...i put my essay up for downloading here....i think is was pretty well done, i did the same thing paul did...about 7-10 rewrites with different people reading it and giving input...dont worry about your grades...the fact that you took japanese is good enough....and it WILL improve when you get here!!! Good luck!!

angry_professor
August 8th, 2005, 10:27
I was proud of my essay as well, but didnt re-write it much. Compared to Doomer's it was pretty crappy, but ditto to everything Doomer and Paul have said.

If you can come off well during an interview, youre a made-man. Just do what youre doing and prepare ahead of time. It's no problem!

Dynamis
August 8th, 2005, 10:47
Yeah, good advice above. Put yourself into your essay, but avoid getting too poetic or flowery. Just make sure your essay shows you to be an interesting person with ideas, who is confidant and looking forward to the challenge of living in Japan.

Matt

TomB
August 8th, 2005, 11:18
Mine may have been too flowery. :o Two of my three my interviewers disliked me even before I stepped into the room. Oh well. :cry:

Doomer
August 16th, 2005, 09:49
Mine may have been too flowery. :o Two of my three my interviewers disliked me even before I stepped into the room. Oh well. :cry:

twas a tad flowery man.... :x

but its ok i still like you!!! :^_^:

TomB
August 17th, 2005, 03:14
Well it did get me the interview even if the interviewers didn't have a creative bone in their bodies. All they cared about was my drinking habits. Which is seldon and non-existant. Which is odd because a good continous drunk would make my current job a lot more pleasant.

:?

Doomer
August 17th, 2005, 12:25
Well it did get me the interview even if the interviewers didn't have a creative bone in their bodies. All they cared about was my drinking habits. Which is seldon and non-existant. Which is odd because a good continous drunk would make my current job a lot more pleasant.

:?

So what exactly is it that you do?

DaveNumber2
August 17th, 2005, 23:08
Well look, I already told you! I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to! I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?

monkeyfeet
August 18th, 2005, 00:19
yea, dave, we need to talk about your tps reports.

TomB
August 18th, 2005, 01:20
Oh I just work in the creative and rewarding field of Technical Service Call Center. I basically get to talk to the brain dead all day about why they can't watch their favorite Monster Truck Rally when they haven't paid a bill in 3 months or why their favorite Porn site loaded their computer with viruses. It is an ever expanding field of Psycological Research subjects on lowering IQ's.

I honestly believe whoever wrote "Dawn of the Dead" worked extensively in Customer Service before writing that movie. Brains they all need Brains.

8)

Doomer
August 18th, 2005, 12:41
I honestly believe whoever wrote "Dawn of the Dead" worked extensively in Customer Service before writing that movie. Brains they all need Brains.

8)

George Romero...who knows maybe