Aspiring JET Program Applicants

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I recently found this in my notes folder on my iPhone, it was a list of aspirations I wrote exactly on this day 12 months ago.
This perfectly sums up the kind of ambition one must have when applying for the JET Program as it certainly is no easy road and one by one I ticked all those things off my ‘to do’ list!
Having now been working as an ALT in Kobe for over 4 months I can certainly say, although getting in was by far the hardest thing I have worked for in my entire life, it by far was worth every moment!

Moving to Japan and participating in JET has been the best decision I have ever made. Sure moving to a whole new country is never going be an easy transition and my experience thus far has certainly had its up’s and downs, however at the end of the day I am much happier here than I ever was living in Australia.

Did I get my placement? Yes absolutely, I don’t want to imply that your chances of reviving your placement request is huge. But at the end if the day I asked for Kobe and 12 months down the road here I am, loving life.

Also I urge you to tick that little box that says your willing to leave early, if I hadn’t I would never be here.
If you would like any advice or have any questions, leave me a comment.

So please if your just putting together your application for 2013-14 now let this inspire you, as nothing is impossible if you have the ambition and put in the hard yards!

-Daniel

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Waiting Is The Hardest Part…………

So it’s already been a month since my JET Program interview and the days seem to be passing me by ever so slowly.

Based on last years notification a gambling man would be betting on shortlist notifications to arrive around the 2-3rd week of April, so the road ahead is ever still long.

I am guessing I wasn’t selected for the early April departure (not that I was really expecting to be since there is only about 5% of applicants that are each year) but I am a little envious of those who were only because it would end this intolerable limbo.
Not that I’m in a huge hurry to jump country since I have a job to keep me busy and an investment property to sort out before I leave.

The thing is its not even the so much the waiting that’s killing me its the not knowing!! At the end of the day I started my application in September after all, so waiting I can do, its just bad for your soul to know the entire fate of the next few years of your life is hanging in the balance. I am really obsessed to the point where I have been having rejection nightmares!!!

Hopefully next time I post it will be with good news ^___^
Who waits like a good boy?

Jet Program Interview Notification!!!!

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wewwwwwwww!!!! I just received a letter in the post from the Japanese consulate stating that I passed the first stage of the screening process for the 2012 JET Program and have been offered an interview in February!!!!! As it is my birthday tomorrow I consider this the best birthday present I could ever wish for (that said the Canon EOS 600D I got is pretty flippin sweet!!).

I’v been having nightmares for weeks now that I would receive a rejection letter so it certainly comes as a relief now I can focus solely on preparing for the interview, in fact I feel as though I am almost ready for it since I have spent the last 3 weeks revising past interview questions, crafting and memorizing ideal responses and pretty much intensely researching as much about Japan as possible in preparation.

Participating in the JET program has been a dream I have aspired to for many years now so it all feels quite surreal to finally be facing the interview, I worked harder than I have on anything else in my entire life on that application and to be honest I never thought for a moment that I wouldn’t be offered an interview, which is why I jumped straight into preparing for it after the new year!!

Anyway one hurdle down, now back to studying ^____^

I leave you with the saddest pug in the world