Working in Japan is a unique experience in many rights, especially if you’ve started working abroad without any prior experiences in living overseas. Through open mindedness and a willingness to learn, however, one can gain many unique insights working outside your home country, such as Japan. Here, we will take a look at the experiences of a 25 year old Malaysian who moved to Japan for work – relying mostly on the money he earned from part-time work!
Note: In order to protect the privacy of the interviewee, we’ve decided to call him with his alias “AS”
Hello, and thank you for agreeing to do this interview! To start with, can you give a brief description about yourself?
AS: I’m AS and I am from Malaysia. I am now a student studying Japanese and at the same time doing a part-time job to pay my daily expenses.
How is the work experience so far and how does it compare to your impressions prior to working?
AS: Surprisingly, work has been fun! You always hear harsh stories about the Japanese work environment but luckily for me, my company is anything about that. To be fair, my company is an app company with the oldest staff being 33 years old, hence the chill workplace. In the end it really depends on the company.
Is there something you want to change about work? Do you have any criticisms about your work in general?
AS: Nothing much, I would argue that sometimes working under a boss that speaks only Japanese means that some orders get lost in translation, especially in corporate levels but hey you are in Japan right?
In your situation, you go to a language school while working part time. Do you recommend doing that or are language schools purely situational?
AS: I would recommend to go to a language school to get a good grasp in the language, preferably to N2 or N1 level of JLPT (If you don’t know what is that then you’re not studying Japanese enough) however doing both at the same time is purely my choice.
Finally, do you have any advice or message anybody that want to work in Japan in the future?
AS: Git gud in Japanese! – Remember, this is a country where English is not widely used despite now being the year 2016. Of course if you are lucky, especially if English is your native language you can score a job as an English teacher. However in my opinion unless you want to live in a safe bubble language is always the first priority before coming to this country. And good luck!