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Featuring the lives, stories and careers from the global JET Programme alumni community. And usually, our stories begin with "This one time in Japan..." - our best, our silliest and our fondest.

Life After JET Life After JET

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Featuring the lives, stories and careers from the global JET Programme alumni community. And usually, our stories begin with "This one time in Japan..." - our best, our silliest and our fondest.

    A Life's Journey: Life in the Arctic

    A Life's Journey: Life in the Arctic

    Continuing with the theme about the meandering path of life, our guest has certainly done her fair share of travelling and career paths (diving instructor, tour manager and marketing director, recruitment) and now currently runs a non-profit greenhouse program in a converted ice hockey stadium in Canada, in a town located in the Arctic Circle - making her the northern-most guest to appear on this podcast. She also tells some pretty funny stories about navigating the health system in Japan, so brace yourself.

    Footnotes:
    You can donate to help Inuvik Greenhouse continue it's program, or follow their work online:
    - Website: https://inuvikgreenhouse.com/
    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inuvikcommunitygreenhouse/

    UPDATE: Read about Ray's work! https://tinyurl.com/yblu55uq

    Music adapted for this episode: "Bloom" by Jahzzar from the album #handmade and is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License, available on freemusicarchive.org
    - https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jahzzar/handmade/Bloom

    • 51 min
    A Life's Journey: Living at the Temple

    A Life's Journey: Living at the Temple

    If there's a theme for the next couple of episodes, it will be about the meandering journey of life, ending up in unexpected but wonderful places. Our guest went back on JET the second time, and with her husband and children, stayed on to build a life in Japan, start up a non-profit... and find a home living in the grounds of an ancient temple right in the heart of modern Kyoto.

    Footnotes:
    - LEGACy, the NPO exchange program founded by Erin: https://www.facebook.com/LEGACy.NPO/
    - LEGACy site: https://sites.google.com/noxon.us/legacynonprofit/
    - Shinnyo-ji Temple's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kashikirimomiji/
    - A description of the temple from a tourism site: http://slowtourism.jp/product/shinnyoji-temple/
    - English site to rent accommodation at the temple: https://sites.google.com/view/shinnyoji-dormitory/
    - Japanese site for the temple: https://shinnyo-ji.com/

    Music adapted for this episode: "For Beautiful Human Life" by Acreil from the album Shapes With and Without Corners is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License, and is available on freemusicarchive.org

    • 49 min
    Choices in Life and Work: Recruiting

    Choices in Life and Work: Recruiting

    Our guest Amanda Chau works as a recruiter and HR consultant in Japan, and recently was a speaker/mentor at the After JET Conference for JET leavers in 2020. So she is in a unique position of knowing what it's like on both sides of the job seeking process. While this episode is about her work, in another way, what we're really talking about is choice - making it, stressing about it and learning to live with it.

    - Amanda Chau can be reached through Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agchau/
    - Link Japan Careers, the recruitment company: https://linkjapancareers.net/
    - Amanda's presentation on "Can-Want-Must" matrix of making decisions http://jetprogramme.org/wp-content/themes/biz-vektor/pdf/after-con/ajc2020/Career%20Tips.pdf
    - If you're curious about the After JET Conference 2020 materials: http://jetprogramme.org/en/after-con20/

    Music adapted for this episode: "Decisions | Illusions | Confusions" by The Kyoto Connection from the album The Middle Way is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License, and is available on freemusicarchive.org https://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Kyoto_Connection/The_Middle_Way/7_Decisions__Illusions__Confusions

    • 42 min
    AfterJET... More JET

    AfterJET... More JET

    When one finishes JET, sometimes the next step is... more JET. In concluding the theme of past JETs working in public service, we fudge the definition a bit and feature a JET unicorn: our guest Matt French has applied for the programme three times (successfully), and is currently going into his 5th year, the first ALT to do so in his town in Hiroshima. We talk about what it's like being probably the first 3rd-timer in JET history, his reasons for doing so (spoiler: love) and then go into a little bit about what it's like living and working in Japan during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    Footnotes:
    - The three Ministries (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) formal request to local governments on the treatment of JETs in Japan due to COVID-19: http://jetprogramme.org/en/clairnewsspecial/?fbclid=IwAR3ZGeIcGdB2YoDW1PVHBLr1AJbZdz3uuCHwa4hL0hd0rA9cu5VVMufva5s

    - An analysis of Japan's approach and laws in relation to pandemics: https://www.jlgc.org/japans-response-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR2neIxZmZkwEZPfXkDJIOg5ndaueUUrv5VxDjXXcgk_X46xnRHheSxe1_c

    Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this episode are not representative of any organisation or company and are solely the views of the speakers in this episode. Also, language warning for some very mild swearing.

    Music adapted for this episode: "History Repeats" by Josh Woodward from the album The Simple Life (Part 1) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, and available on freemusicarchive.org
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Simple_Life_Part_1/JoshWoodward-TheSimpleLife-111-HistoryRepeats

    • 48 min
    Be Our Guest: Promoting Tourism

    Be Our Guest: Promoting Tourism

    Tourism is one of those careers that is a good fit for JETs - after all, we are passionate advocates for our second homes in Japan, and have explored every nook and cranny, probably more so than locals who have lived there all their lives. Continuing with the theme of ex-JETs who now work in the Japanese public sector, we'll be speaking to our guest, Andy Coombs, who currently works for the Fukushima City Tourism and Convention Association. He'll talk about what's involved, the challenges, his ambitions for Fukushima tourism, the benefits of selectively and softly applying the gaijin-smash approach, and of course, since we're both ex-JETs from Fukushima, we'll be shamelesly flying the flag and showing much rabu-rabu (love) for the best little prefecture in Japan.

    A mild language advisory warning since we (ok me) will be swearing just a teeny-tiny bit.

    Andy manages the following official Fukushima Tourism social media channels:
    - Fukushima Tourism on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Fukushima.Guide/
    - Fukushima Tourism on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/fukushima.guide/
    - Fukushima Tourism site - https://fukushima-guide.jp/

    We mentioned several places of interest on the podcast:
    - Aizuwakamatsu, the samurai city: http://samurai-city.jp/en/
    - Lake Inawashiro: https://www.japan.travel/en/spot/1743/
    - Goshikunuma (Five Coloured Lakes): https://www.tohokukanko.jp/en/attractions/detail_1287.html
    - Soma Nomaoi (Samurai Festival): https://www.kyuhoshi.com/soma-nomaoi/
    - Iizaka Kenka Matsuri (Fighting Festival): https://voyapon.com/fukushima-iizaka-kenka-matsuri/
    - Yanaizu Hadaka Mairi (Naked Temple Visit): https://rediscoverfukushima.com/2018/01/10/yanaizu-naked-man-festival/
    - Iwaki: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7775.html

    For the translating accreditation and other associations mentioned in this podcast:
    - JAT (Japan Association of Translators): https://jat.org/
    - NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters - Australia only): https://www.naati.com.au/
    - Fukushima International Association: http://www.worldvillage.org/english/

    Music for this episode: "Coming Home" (from Step by Step) by Stefano Vita is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, and available on freemusicarchive.org

    • 47 min
    Reading the Air: Working at the Consulate

    Reading the Air: Working at the Consulate

    What's it like working in the Japanese public sector? We'll spend several episodes talking to guests who work in different government and non-profit organisations. Our guest Rafael Villadiego worked for several years at the Consulate of Japan in Sydney, and gives us a look at working at a diplomatic office, learning on the job, how to "read the air", and the importance of counting steps.

    Music for this episode: "Working for the County" (from the Good Graces album) by Derek Clegg is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License, and available on freemusicarchive.org

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Derek_Clegg/Good_Graces/Derek_Clegg_-_Good_Graces_-_07_Working_For_The_County_1900

    • 53 min

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