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    Hello fellow British people! I'm in the UK & applying for JET for the first time this year. I've been lurking for almost a year now and finally decided to join the forums!

    I have a few questions for you...
    • Are there any alternatives to JET in the UK?
    • How many people are accepted from the UK every year?
    • How competetive is it?
    • Any application tips for a noob?
    Last edited by JapanGet; September 20th, 2011 at 19:54.

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    All of this info is available via that spiffy new Google thingy.
    Last edited by uthinkimlost?; September 21st, 2011 at 00:41.
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    • Are there any alternatives to JET in the UK?

    What do you mean? For being an ALT in the UK? Or for UK people? (Answers: yes to the first and no to the second)

    • How many people are accepted from the UK every year?

    Goooooogle.

    • How competetive is it?

    If you are a normal human being, who has experience abroad, and can be bright and hold a conversation for 30 mins and who doesn't have to mention their love to anime/geisha all the time then it's not that competitive. You should, however, learn how to spell competitive before you apply.

    • Any application tips for a noob?

    Send your essays into us here so we can check them over for you before you apply- the essay is the hardest part.
    DO NOT SLEEP during the lectures in London orientation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_doitsu View Post
    DO NOT SLEEP during the lectures in London orientation.
    This made me giggle. Did anyone fall asleep this year? I didn't think this had happened since 2006!

    • Are there any alternatives to JET in the UK?
      Do you mean alternatives for UK applicants? There are loads- teach in Korea, China etc. Or you could apply to interac if you'd like to do the same job as JET, but with less pay and less support.
    • How many people are accepted from the UK every year?
      This year it was around 200, it was slightly less last year, and faaar less the year before. Try not to look at statistics to work out what your chances are though. If there are loads of decent applicants the London Embassy sends more people, if there are less-good applicants they just send less people.
    • How competetive is it?
      It can be pretty competitive, but at the same time, if you are a good applicant, you have a good chance.
    • Any application tips for a noob?
      Read though older posts on this forum. There are countless tips
    Last edited by melty; September 23rd, 2011 at 19:59.

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    No sleepers, but someone turned up without their passport and got kicked out completely.

    Sad times =(

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    Looking at some of the people who got in I must answer a big fat no to the question of is it competitive. As long as you're not a complete social retard you should have a good chance. Even if you are a social retard you might get lucky.
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    I know I've mentioned my tattoos before, and my worry that they might prohibit me getting a placement, but I have an idea I'd like to run by you.

    I've spoken to a JET coordinator at the embassy about my tattoos and they recommended that I make note of them during my application. Would it therefore be acceptable, in the interests of full disclosure, to include a small additional statement specifically to do with my tattoos (with pictures)? I can note my understanding of Japanese tattoo history, and my understanding of how they're commonly viewed in Japanese society.

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    Where are they? Do they show when you wear clothes?

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    I have a full sleeve (Polynesian), tops of my feet (geometric), left calve (geometric and kanji, yeah i know) and a couple of tiny ones elsewhere. None are visible when wearing business attire.

    The Coordinator did tell me that someone has been sent home once because they neglected to tell anyone about their tattoos, and their appointed school complained when this ALT turned up in short sleeves with tattoos proudly on display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rage_and_Hairspray View Post
    I have a full sleeve (Polynesian), tops of my feet (geometric), left calve (geometric and kanji, yeah i know) and a couple of tiny ones elsewhere. None are visible when wearing business attire.

    The Coordinator did tell me that someone has been sent home once because they neglected to tell anyone about their tattoos, and their appointed school complained when this ALT turned up in short sleeves with tattoos proudly on display.
    That guy was stupid.

    Polynesian and kanji? Unless you're Japanese/Hawaiian that will be difficult to explain in intelligent cultural terms.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    But what if we reverse the polarity of the quantum string theory? According to uncertainty principle there are infinite worlds out there, so it stands to reason schrodinger's cat is alive in one of them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo87;
    U da real mvp.

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    You should be ok - just say you understand you need to keep them covered etc. You won't be able to enjoy the short sleeved benefits of 'cool biz' but as long as you are aware, I don't see it being an issue. Just don't show them at school.

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    I like the style of Polynesian tattoos, as well as geometric, and the kanji was from when I was a bit younger and a bit less discerning, though I still like it.

    Here's a pic (though not one I'll send them!) to give you an idea, taken in Kamakura last month.

    Quote Originally Posted by Strange_quark View Post
    You should be ok - just say you understand you need to keep them covered etc. You won't be able to enjoy the short sleeved benefits of 'cool biz' but as long as you are aware, I don't see it being an issue. Just don't show them at school.
    I understand, and would keep them covered any time I'll be working or acting as a representative of the program. So it's a good idea to include an additional 'Disclosure Package' (work talk) with my application?
    Last edited by Rage_and_Hairspray; September 26th, 2011 at 23:50.

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    I'm of the school of thought where you shouldn't mention that which can be kept hidden.

    Is tender rondo around to opine on those sweet tats?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    But what if we reverse the polarity of the quantum string theory? According to uncertainty principle there are infinite worlds out there, so it stands to reason schrodinger's cat is alive in one of them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo87;
    U da real mvp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rage_and_Hairspray View Post
    I have a full sleeve (Polynesian), tops of my feet (geometric), left calve (geometric and kanji, yeah i know) and a couple of tiny ones elsewhere. None are visible when wearing business attire.

    The Coordinator did tell me that someone has been sent home once because they neglected to tell anyone about their tattoos, and their appointed school complained when this ALT turned up in short sleeves with tattoos proudly on display.
    yeah as long as you can keep them covered. and remember, even when you are out of school, your kids will be EVERYWHERE, like little stalkers. So it might come back to your teachers.

    I'd mention it somewhere, like in your SoP or something, but don't make a big deal out of it.

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    Ok, at first I wanted to keep it out of my SoP as I'd rather not have anything negative in there, but I reckon I can both mention it and put the emphasis more on how I'm aware of the cultural differences and am more than happy to cover up at all times so as to not cause offence or discomfort.

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    Sounds a plan, Batman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomulusLupin View Post
    Just because "social retards" get in doesn't mean that the program's not competitive. "Competitive" means that a small percentage of the people who apply are actually placed with the program; it doesn't say anything about what kind of people get in.
    Hey, I'm just giving the newbies some encouragment.
    But I wouldn't call Jet that competitive.
    Sure, its a job, jobs are competitive by nature, but the acceptance rate for Jet seems quite high.

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    That's because you applied the year of a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_doitsu View Post
    That's because you applied the year of a massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear problem.
    Quiet, Tyr knows all.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggit View Post
    But what if we reverse the polarity of the quantum string theory? According to uncertainty principle there are infinite worlds out there, so it stands to reason schrodinger's cat is alive in one of them.


    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo87;
    U da real mvp.

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    We applied before all that.
    And I haven't seen any numbers from last year, only past years.

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