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  1. Hey Stephen,

    Thanks for your encouraging words. I didn't think pHD grads would go for this, I'm doing it now before i get into the thick of it later in life.

    I lived on my own in Florida for 2 months, financially indepenedant and I also live in germany with a friend for 3 weeks. So i should think that helps too.

    Im really asking what is relevant and what is not to be honest. Just get my SOP finished now so i'm a little nervous. Once its printed, its almost set in stone, for sure when it's in the post. President was only one thing, Education officer of the college and rep for 2 years etc. I don't want to sound cocky on the SOP. Thats my qualm you see.

    Again thanks

    The time is drawing near.
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    Hi Laura,

    Your references sound good to me if they`re saying those things. Being president of a society should definately help! I had just finished a PhD before JET so my referees mentioned all the good things that come form that. Mostly though it was them saying generally saying that I`d be a great addition to the JET program, I`m wonderful to work with etc, I had given given presentations at conference before so I was fine with speaking in front of crowds and so on.

    In your SOP I think experience travelling is a big plus because it shows you`re less likely to have bad culture shock if you come to Japan, I mentioned the countries I`d been to before and the different nationalities I`ve lived with.

    The main thing is to show what you can bring to JET, and how you intend to use your JET experience once you`re finished in a way that might increase international understanding/awareness of Japan.

    Hope this helps!

    Stephen
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    Hi again!

    Just about the SOP, they didn`t really ask anything about it, but when writing it I wouldn`t get too melodramatic. Some people start with things like "I feel like I was born in the wrong country, I have a constant yearning to come to Japan because I can feel it calling me every second though every fiber of my being" That`s crap! I just said things like: I was in Japan before and I really liked it so I want to go back, I did some teaching during my postgrad and I liked it, I am hard working and enthusiastic, in the future I hope to bring what I learn from JET and Japan to whatever engineering companies I work for in the future...
    I did have two pretty great references too (I was with my referees when they wrote them so I had plenty of input!), so I`m sure they helped!
    If you want I can take a look at you SOP.

    Good luck!
    Stephen
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    Hi Laura,

    Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, I haven`t been on this board in a while! The Irish interviews were really quick and simple, I think mine lasted no more than 15 minutes! There were 3 interviewers: a former JET, some japanese person, and someone from the embassy I think. They were all really nice and asked simple questions. Mostly personal stuff: why do you want to do JET, how would you feel about teaching alone if it happens, simple stuff. I wasn`t asked to do a mock lesson or anything but there was a whiteboard in the room so maybe they asked some people. The toughest question I got was "Do you think doing JET will hinder your career" I guess they asked because I did engineering in college. I just said being exposed to a foreign culture and language could only be a benefit to all careers so they seemed happy with that! I got in so it was good enough! I hope this helps and if you`ve any other questions shoot them this way! Good luck with your application!

    Stephen
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