I've been stalking this forum for awhile now, so I thought maybe I should man up and post ;3
Bit of backstory~
This year I start the 3rd year of my degree (I'm doing Bsc Computer Games Design), I live somewhere near London. In September when the JET applications open I will be applying for that, I feel positive that I have a great chance at getting in, however if that fails i'll just simply apply to some other teaching jobs. So hopefully around June time next year I will be settling into my new apartment.
This is something that i've had my heart set on since I was about 8 years old so there's no turnin' back ;D
I've studied Japanese for a year in night classes during my degree, which I will be taking up again in a few months. I have basic conversational down, with reading and writing ability of Hiragana and Katakana, by next yeah hopefully i'll be much more advanced. I have been "in" to Japan since I was very small, mostly the food and culture, but the fashion and media too.
I've been to Japan twice; I just got back a few weeks ago from the last trip where we visited Tokyo again and Kyoto, my friend then showed us around Osaka.
Right now i'm employed at a coffee shop/restaurant and I also do a lot of modelling work. I've lived in France and other parts of Europe so moving to a foreegn country doesn't bother me.}
What i'm curious about is; I see a lot of hate towards ALT jobs, understandably, say I was to take a JET position, after a few months would I be able to just up and change jobs? or do Japanese employers find JET workers repulsive?
By that time I hope to have a substantial grasp of the Japanese language so i'm wondering what other jobs Westerners usually drift in to? I thought of maybe going into fashion, but then that's a very wide scope...
I have a decent portfolio when it comes to my games design course, however as Japan is choc-full of games designers i'm unsure if it's even worth going around with my portfolio or if I would be taken seriously.
But finally; I would just like some feedback from people who live in Japan, especially females!