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    Sorry guys, I'm getting freaked out by the company's threats to like, end your existence if you spill secrets. Edited to preserve my life.
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    how big a bonus did they give you to write that?
    Great men of action never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job.

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    it's weird. I've got a pretty cushy JET job, but somehow after reading this, I envy you a little.

    It's the part about being able to teach/plan everything yourself.

    and the part about being in the city.

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    yeah, but when you are at work, it's for a purpose. Your actually needed.

    And I think the nervous breakdown happens to many new teachers - regardless of where they are - when they are thrown into the job full force. My first year of teaching (real teaching, that is, in my home country) felt like a battleground every day.

    If you get a good system down, set a rhythm to your madness, you'll be able to reduce your workload a lot, and get into patterns. Especially since you have a lot of the control, it seems.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm working myself into more and more purposeful things in my job ( I teach/plan a number of classes solo now) , it's not bad, by any means. I just know what it was like to have more of the responsibility myself, and I kinda miss it.

    The no time for J-go is a downside, but on the other side, at least all the work you're doing at your job is the stuff they're paying you for (it can be appreciated) , and you don't have to feel like a useless schmuck.

    keep at it. Good luck!

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    I'm not envious at all. JET has a huge variety of placements, some of which fall under what you have (mostly solo planning of lessons, as well as conduction of class, lots of interaction with kids etc), along with the benefits of being on JET. Having said that, Amity was one of the better options I found when searching for alternatives before JET replies came through.

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    Care to elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delandbeforetime View Post
    Summed up: my classes are about to go from 30 to 40 for a couple months straight, the textbooks they expect us to use are atrocious, they abuse my Japanese coworkers to the point that it should almost be called slave labor, and I have contracted a rather serious and contagious illness for which I am not getting paid time off/will have to make up classes for later on.
    Damn. How soon can you be out of there and into a new job for your own sake?

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    If the company is that bad (and you even feel threatened if you speak poorly about them) then I definitely think it's time you changed jobs. Don't even worry about what you get, just take the first job that will have you so you at least get free of that slave-labor joint. Then you can take your time to put some effort into finding what you'd really like.

    Still, I wouldn't worry about talking crap on a place that cruel. What are they going to do, fire you? That would be a blessing, wouldn't it? From the sounds of it, the worst thing they could do would be NOT fire you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n107 View Post
    Still, I wouldn't worry about talking crap on a place that cruel. What are they going to do, fire you?
    Yeah, but if she gets fired she loses her employment visa sponsorship. In order to be able to keep working in Japan, she would have to find a new company to sponsor her (and being fired will look bad). Not being able to work in Japan = no money. Not having a proper visa in Japan = deportation if she's caught, right? So, I'm sure it's harder than it looks. I wish the best for her as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3ngrishsensei View Post
    Yeah, but if she gets fired she loses her employment visa sponsorship. In order to be able to keep working in Japan, she would have to find a new company to sponsor her (and being fired will look bad). Not being able to work in Japan = no money. Not having a proper visa in Japan = deportation if she's caught, right? So, I'm sure it's harder than it looks. I wish the best for her as well.
    Still seems more favorable than to be a slave in an abusive, threatening company. And how would they know who is posting what online unless she's making the horrible mistake of using work computers to write all this stuff?

    Of course the best course of events are easier to decide when the situation is about someone else but however you do it the key idea is to jump ship as soon as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n107 View Post
    Still seems more favorable than to be a slave in an abusive, threatening company.
    Yeah, but if it were me, I wouldn't want to be fired. I would want to keep my situation secure, and then hopefully find a better job soon. But that all depends on how much she has invested in her current situation. Some things make it harder, that's all. Especially since we are limited to jobs by visa status and language ability.

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    How does the work visa work with losing a job? If you quit, you don't lose the visa but if you're fired you do? Just curious. I know some people who have taken a job for the visa and then quit so they could get a better job that doesn't sponsor visas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kemek View Post
    How does the work visa work with losing a job? If you quit, you don't lose the visa but if you're fired you do? Just curious. I know some people who have taken a job for the visa and then quit so they could get a better job that doesn't sponsor visas.
    I'm pretty sure your visa won't be void until it's actual expiration date.

    However, would it be possible to legally work under another job if your current visa was sponsored by a previous job? If you were to look for other employment, the paperwork involved in being hired would probably require the new employer to sponsor you. Unless this new employer was okay with sidestepping the law....
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