Beware, this is a long post (being serious here).
So I'm another graduate who is looking to go to Japan (Tokyo, to be precise) after my university ends. I have done some research already but I'm wondering if there's anything that I have missed out that you guys might know of.
I'm doing a BA Management and Japanese at a decent UK university and I spent last year in Tokyo as my year abroad program. I'd say that my current level of Japanese is nearing JLPT 2 (haven't taken the test though, but our course is one of the strongest in the UK). During my studies, I've acquired quite a bit of work experience, namely: Assistant Manager/Team leader in a massive high street pub (in 2nd year and now in 4th year, nearly 2 years altogether; been working full-time (40h per week) the whole time); Research specialist type intern for an international company dealing with alternative energy (1 month); Teaching Japanese to beginners + organizing all the classes, finding students, a bit of marketing etc (a 10 week course); Right after high school I was a subtitler, English to my native language (nothing major + I've looked into it, no company in Japan really cares about my country haha). And I'm actually also part-owner of a company so I've done some work for that, but whether or not it will work out in a longer term is yet unknown so this isn't as important for now (we just started). I'm fairly good with computers and IT (not the engineering part, more like on the creative side), if that helps..
I have CVs up on careerscross and dai job and some others and I've received altogether 3 scout e-mails. 2 of them didn't work out for various reasons and waiting to hear back from the 3rd one.
I also intend to go to the London Careerforum in June.
Even though I've done teaching before, I don't think that's really what I would like to do in Japan. A) I'd like to utilize my degree in the end and B) I'm not a native speaker, so all the really good places wouldn't even look at me (even though I consider my English to be native-level). I know that some people go to Japan first as teachers and then look for other lines of work and that is my plan B, but if possible, I still wouldn't go that way.
I think I have more experience compared to other graduates, but I know it might be a negative point, seeing as Japanese companies tend to want "fresh" people so they could mold them the way they want to..
The industry I'd want to work in.. I'm not 100% sure. As in, I don't have any specific dreams.. I've always liked finance and maths, I have more than enough experience in a customer-facing role (for a graduate) and as said, I'm quite into the creative side of the Internets (Photoshop and all that). Basically, right now I'm just looking around to see what's on offer and then decide whether it'd work for me or not. But well, I can't be too picky, can I?
Another option would be to go to Tokyo, do networking etc and find a job that way but because there's no guarantee I will land a job that way, I cannot afford it. I know people will tell me to work in my home country or somewhere else for a little while and then go but.. I'd rather go while I'm still young and I know I want to go. Besides, if I wait another 5 years, I'll be 27 then, possibly with some family prospects etc... Basically, if I go at all, I'd want to go now. (Though let's be fair, I'd probably still go a bit later as well, if I really can't find anything now..).
So tl;dr - Anything else anyone recommends me to do? Other websites? Other careerforum-style things (preferably somewhere in the UK or Europe in general)? Companies to check out? Any other ideas?