I've been reading this forum for a while now, and I wonder if you could help me with this one:
I've finished my BA in Japanese Studies this last year and now, continuing my MA, I thought about taking a year off and coming to Japan to work as an English teacher. As I'm working as a teacher in an English school, and have been an English private teacher for few years now, I thought it wouldn't be too difficult. I have all the references, experience in teaching children (that's what I'm aiming for in Japan too), I can speak very decent Japanese (N2 level).
I'm basically from a bilingual family and English is my second (or first? hard to say) language. I spent a great deal of my time in UK and have a proper British accent.
BUT: I'm not a Native, since I haven't been born in UK, and I haven't got a citizenship, obviously.
Having said that, my question is: what are my chances of finding a decend teaching job in Japan? I know I can prove my skills during an interview, but I fear that just because my surname doesn't sound English I won't be even taken into account... Am I being too pessimistic? Maybe it would be better if I looked for a job directly in Japan (I'm going there in the summer anyway)?
Any feedback? Cheers.