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    So apparently this year's Group A and B have left already... which means that this board is gonna be pretty much us + 2009 alternates/late upgrades from now on :P I'm already getting to know you all from the 2010 applicants thread, but I want to know more about you guys than just what worries you most about the application, haha. So here's a thread just to say hi! If you feel like it, reply with your name, where you're from, what you do now, why you want to do JET, and whatever else you feel like adding.

    I'll start: My name's Elizabeth, I'm from San Francisco, and I'm still a student (journalism major/Asian American studies minor, graduating in December 09). There are a bunch of reasons I want to go on JET, but mainly I want a break from the daily grind of school/work and some time to think about what career path I want to take and work on some personal development stuff. I also want to be more involved in the Japanese American community here, and I feel like going to Japan would help me out in that sense. (I could go on and on about this, but I'll spare you all and put it into my SOP instead :P)

    Looking forward to going through this craziness with you all! Hehe.

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    Heya!

    Well I'm Laura, 24, from New Zealand. I'm currently an English, and Media Studies, teacher at a South Auckland school, after a few years of working as a Journalist. I've pretty much wanted to do the JET programme for the last.. 7/8 years now. I had planned to put in my applications a couple of years ago, but then teacher training came along and I wanted to finish all my studies before I applied.


    Why do I want to go? For me...there are many many reasons to go to Japan. It's basically an intrinsic part of me now. I visited Japan in 2003 and felt completely at peace and at home with the culture..perhaps even more so than I do here at home. One of my favorite moments from my very short trip was being able to participate in a Special Needs class at a Junior High School in Kumagaya, Saitama. Being able to communicate with the eight students in that class beyond an oral/aural form was absolutely amazing.

    I'm also planning, within the next few years, to undertake study towards a TESOL qualification...oh and I'm also a geek hah.

    Can't wait to get sucked into the 2010 uptake excitement with everyone!

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    I'm Jason, 25, from Florida, a business major. When I first heard about the JET programme (about 6 months ago) I knew that this was for me. In december I will finally have my degree. I've been working full time and going to school full time so I have been busy.

    I'm glad to be apart of the 2010 hopefuls and with a little luck I just might find myself in Japan.

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    Greetings!
    I'm Matthew, 26, from Toronto, Canada. In a week I will have completed coursework for my undergraduate degree (Anthropology specialist, Linguistics minor), and will graduate in early November. In the past I have worked in client services/accounts management in the financial services industry. It's been nearly 10 years since I learned of the the JET Program, so it's a bit difficult to believe that the reality of applications and interviews will be arriving so soon! In the meantime, I am fleshing out my volunteer experience and considering earning a CELTA here at LSC Toronto ($2300, yikes!). I imagine the competition has been getting stronger and stronger as the number of available placements has decreased, so anything to improve my chances!

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    Well, I'm one of the ones returning to reapply, unless hired by an eikaiwa, and the name is Wendy and I'm from Richmond, Virginia. First time applying was for the 2009 group, but didn't make it. Anywho, second time's a charm (I know, the term is third, but meh, lol). I'm not really changing much on my application this year, 'cept that I have ESL teaching experience now. The only thing I'm redoing is my SoP since it was actually really bad since I've looked back over it.

    Anyway, good luck to everyone applying.
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    It's been nearly 10 years since I learned of the the JET Program, so it's a bit difficult to believe that the reality of applications and interviews will be arriving so soon!
    That's how I felt last year. lol

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    I'm Alibo from occaisionally sunny but mostly rainy Scotland. I graduated in July with a degree in Communications, Advertising and Public Reltaions (try fitting that on a CV or finding the field of study it fits into on the application). I'm currently a reserve JET but I haven't got my hopes up so I'm reapplying this year. I know I screwed up the interview as it came at a bad time for me so this year I'm determined to nail it.

    I found out about JET at the beginning of my third year and knew then that I wanted to do it. I enjoy teaching but I'm not a teacher at heart, plus I would never teach in my country because of everthing that's happening in the prefession currently (my Mum's a teacher and I have some jobless teacher mates too). I also have a big desire to go to Japan and experience the lifestyle and culture, not just the tourist traps, and I want to travel and get a bit of freedom before I get a real job. JET will let me teach (admitedly only to a certain extent), travel, experience the Japanese culture and lifestyles and have a bit of freedom.

    Last year I was pretty clueless about JET and that there were forums for it and I found it quite daunting applying. This year I like having people to go through it with, but I'm also very aware of how bad I'm going to feel if I either don't get it or get made a reserve again and don't get upgraded. I don't mean to be a kill joy, but it REALLY sucks seeing people be short listed when you're not, and again seeing people be upgraded when you're not (especially when they then ask why people want to go to Japan as they don't know why they applied and then say their fear of flying is so bad they may not go .)

    But back on subject, good luck to you guys, and fingers crossed this time next year we're sitting in our BOE's!
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    Hey guys, I'm saikick and I'm also from Toronto, ONT, Canada. I've applied this year for the JET Programme and was placed as an alternate candidate for the CIR position. I don't really have high hopes to get upgraded this year, especially that I'm alternated as a CIR but I am determined to get in next year for sure!

    I applied together with my boyfriend who is now placed in Gunma, and am quite upset at myself for failing miserably during the interview. I was expecting the interview to be much smoother, but found myself to be unprepared compared to the other applicants. Now that I have gone through this whole ordeal, I understand the process of the application and will hopefully be able to use that as an advantage to make sure I get in this year!

    I graduated this May with a specialist degree in East Asian Studies, and am hoping to get a career that involves East Asia, but personally, would love to be able to work in Japan...I'm still undecided about what to do with my life, but I know I would really like to get my hands on interpretation/translation works as well as having a teaching background which is one my the main reasons I am applying for JET.

    I found out about the programme back when I was still in Japanese school, and many of the graduates from my school that applied for JET got accepted. Many left as CIR's, some as ALT's and I've heard very good reviews from both positions. I am actually undecided about applying this year as a CIR, and am considering to apply as an ALT to get some background in teaching...and hopefully that experience will allow me to excel if I ever get a chance to switch as a CIR.

    I wish all of you the best of luck, and will see you soon when the application period begins.
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    If any of you want help / advice, especially while writing your application and SOP, please don't hesitate to PM me.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saikick View Post
    Hey guys, my name is Rena and I'm also from Toronto, ONT, Canada. I've applied this year for the JET Programme and was placed as an alternate candidate for the CIR position. I don't really have high hopes to get upgraded this year, especially that I'm alternated as a CIR but I am determined to get in next year for sure!
    Nice to see a fellow Torontonian on this forum. I understand your interview experience relates to a CIR position, but do you have any Toronto consulate-specific advice to provide?

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    I just would like to point out that transferring from ALT to a CIR is leaps and bounds more difficult than just applying straight for the CIR job.

    Something you might want to consider.
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    I'm Lauren. I'm 23 and living in Wyoming right now, but am originally from Virginia Beach, VA. I'm currently in grad school for communication.

    I'm actually soon to be married to a Japanese native who I met as an undergrad and then re-met through grad school, so even if it's not through JET, I'll be doing to Japan next summer with him no matter what. I thought about applying to JET for a long time and had planned on doing it after I finished my BA but then life happened and I was presented with what basically amounts to free grad school. So now seems like the perfect time to apply.

    I have a lot of random life experience with the Japanese culture and language even before meeting my fiance in grad school that just seems to be pushing me to go experience Japan for myself. But like thewingedwitch, I think I'll save the specifics of that for my SOP.

    I'm anxious to start the application process and am looking forward to sharing the entire experience with you all.
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    I'm Kyle hailing from New Zealand. I'm in pretty much the same position as Alibo - on the alternate list.
    I think I could of handled some of the interview questions a bit better as well.

    I actually heard about JET in 2007 when I was finishing up my BE. Had a go at applying then, but I couldn't get any letters of rec. from my tutors or anything.
    Looking back at the app. I filled out then too, it was a bit bland.

    Studied Japanese last year and joined a couple of clubs around my area to pad out some sections of the application.
    Got alternate listed.
    Third time's the charm...heh....

    Mainly want to go just to learn the language.

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    Hey, I'm just wondering how is it more difficult than applying straight for?
    Are there special qualifications that you require?

    Quote Originally Posted by UPGRAYEDD View Post
    I just would like to point out that transferring from ALT to a CIR is leaps and bounds more difficult than just applying straight for the CIR job.

    Something you might want to consider.
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    The problem is that you generally cannot apply for positions out of your host prefecture so if you wanted to apply for a CIR position from being an ALT that would only be possible if such a position is available.

    CLAIR prefers wet behind the ears CIRs and especially PAs.

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    Hi, my name is Ame and I'll be graduating this May with a BA in Asian Studies. I'm applying to the JET program for the first time and find myself mysteriously antsy about downloading the application packet. I have quite a few friends here in New York City who are JET alumni and they can't say enough enthusiastic things about the program. I'm rather worried about how competitive JET has become but I'm still going to give it my all. (^_^)v
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    My name's Alyssa, I'm 24 and from the southeast US. I'm currently a research assistant. I'm applying to JET because I want to live overseas and, like saikick, I have my eyes set on translation/interpretation in the future (assuming I don't totally fail at the Japanese language). It's my first year applying, and I'm glad I was able to find this forum; already it's been a huge help.

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    Hi, I'm Tiphany This is my first post here, but I've been reading for a while now, trying to learn as much as I can because I am pretty nervous about the application/interview process. I'm mainly nervous because I am applying together with my boyfriend, and I'm just hoping we both make it. Currently living in Hampton, VA, originally from Las Vegas, and I'm graduating in May with my BA in cultural psychology. I want to be a college professor one day, so I'm hoping that this experience will be good for me teaching wise, and I also hope to use the cultural experience to assist me in my grad school studies.

    I read about the program online a couple years back and was interested immediately, and now that I am eligible I'm applying. I am greatly interested in other cultures, and honestly I just think that it will be a lot of fun.

    Any information on the SOP or any part of the process is much appreciated. Anything to help me feel less nervous about applying with my boyfriend would also be amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sakuraevolution View Post
    Nice to see a fellow Torontonian on this forum. I understand your interview experience relates to a CIR position, but do you have any Toronto consulate-specific advice to provide?
    Hm, not really.

    I'd say if you look through this forum, there are PLENTY of truly useful information that will for sure help you during the application process.

    Sorry it wasn't much help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiphylou View Post
    Hi, I'm Tiphany This is my first post here, but I've been reading for a while now, trying to learn as much as I can because I am pretty nervous about the application/interview process. I'm mainly nervous because I am applying together with my boyfriend, and I'm just hoping we both make it. Currently living in Hampton, VA, originally from Las Vegas, and I'm graduating in May with my BA in cultural psychology. I want to be a college professor one day, so I'm hoping that this experience will be good for me teaching wise, and I also hope to use the cultural experience to assist me in my grad school studies.

    I read about the program online a couple years back and was interested immediately, and now that I am eligible I'm applying. I am greatly interested in other cultures, and honestly I just think that it will be a lot of fun.

    Any information on the SOP or any part of the process is much appreciated. Anything to help me feel less nervous about applying with my boyfriend would also be amazing!
    Sorry, this is totally off-topic but I really love the way you spell your name!
    Is it still pronounced as 'Tiffany'?
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    To compound the off-topic-ness, I know a guy named Djordje, pronounced George

    Helloooo everyone!

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