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If you are an employee of a company, educational institution or organization, do you like your job?

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A manager usually follows that seemingly innocuous question with the loaded followup, 'what do you most like and dislike about your job here?'

New hires: You can ace this! Anticipate ahead of time and go prepared!

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Most eikaiwa and universities are scams now. The eikaiwas are all staffed with people who don't know anything about education and the universities accept students who shouldn't be there to keep the money coming in

10 ( +13 / -3 )

yes because its better than most jobs I've had here. But as with everything in life, there are positives and negatives to everything, and that includes this job.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

For the first time in a long time I like my job.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

I am my own boss so why not...so my answer is yes....and so far my job is my hobby as well...

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Last two positions:

first work great, job sucked (organisation and most people thereが困った)

second work sucked job great (people great; admin tasks in triplicate, performance indicators and compliance as de facto work goals more than anything professional or ‘customer/student-centred’)

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

B**litz treats their employees like dirt.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

The chain eikawas are only about money. I did a stint with COCO Juku when it was in operation. They were charging ridiculous amounts for lessons, plus a registration fee and a 50% mark up on textbooks. The students had to sign a non-refundable contract for 6 or 12 months. Of course they were paying their teachers and staff minimal wages. Working as an English teacher in Japan is not a career. It's ok if you are just doing a short stint in Japan for an adventure, but if you have a family and are a long term resident you can not rely on teaching English as a career choice. I mostly taught in private high schools. The salary was acceptable and they paid the vacation periods. I started teaching in Japan in 2001 and left Japan in 2019. During that time the salaries and conditions of English teachers declined dramatically. These days, public high school teachers are on a daily wage, which inludes transport. They are lucky to make ¥2 million per year. I was working full time at private high schools and doing business english lessons six days a week and had private lessons to make up the balance. I was working 6 or 7 days and nights a week just to get ahead. I was making around ¥5-5.5 million per year, but was working 7 days and nights to get it.

I don't think it's a matter of liking it. It's what you have to do if you are a career English teacher in Japan. Now, I manage a hotel near the beach in Australia with my Japanese wife. I'm making twice as much money and only working 9-5 five days a week. And yes, I like it.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

If you want to make a lucrative career in Japan in the Eigo Biz, it takes perseverence and constant upgrading. I started in Eikaiwa, moved on to ALT, then private JHS, and finally university. Each step, a bit of upgrade in qualifications and experience. If you can get an MEd, then you can do well teaching at uni. Even as a part-timer you can build a lucrative schedule that brings in 6.5-7 million yen, plus have 4 months' off every year and your weekends free.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

I worked in the industry on and off but the focus on foreign languages in Japan starts with the failed approach at JHS in Japan.

After the death knell has sounded there is no way forward.

With a bit of Japanese, luck and acquired knowledge,it is possible to make life much more comfortable-my in hand income this month is way above a million yen working 10 hours in the month…

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I've been working out of my home for 10 years (B2B biz dev & sales) and I see my boss maybe once every 6 weeks, so 'yes'. A bit more driving than I'd like, but podcasts exist and I'm home every night. Something different every other day. It's still a job though. I'm not jumping up and down over here on the 'yes' side of the farm, and I'm still eyeing the fence sometimes.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

When I first arrived back in '94 to work for a now defunct Eikaiwa, the talk was that anywhere was better than there. More through connections than anything at first, I moved on to work at several private high schools before landing at a university. I managed to get tenure this year by getting a MSc and working my ass off. Sure the money is much better but there is the constant demand to publish and connect with the community and that can get tiring. As for months off, not sure where those people work but we have events during most breaks to attract new students. Despite all that, I can't complain. My colleagues are very supportive. My students are for the most part interested and focused provided I do my job. You can be happy or unhappy anywhere. I guess it is all about your attitude. Make the best of it or move on.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I really hate my boss ... oh wait I own the company, never mind.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Gary; the time off comes when you enter the glorious world of the 'lecturer'. I did the full time gig at uni for a while, but as you said, there were a lot of time demands on the off days. It seemed my (Japanese) colleagues liked nothing better than to schedule meetings once a week throughout most holiday periods. I guess they didn't want to face the utter terror of being home for more than a few days at a time.

Gave that up once my wife and I became empty nesters. Now I work when I want, for whom I want, and am much happier. I do a little side work in testing and publishing as well, but that is purely when I have free time. Plus I have reclaimed my holidays!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Actaully, I would like to be employed again. Being self employed sucks.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I love the weekends, but come Sunday evening, I am anxious to get back to work on Monday.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Actaully, I would like to be employed again. Being self employed sucks.

I get this. I dream often of having lesser responsibilities.

But when you’re an employee, the issues we deal with as business owners/independents don’t go away, they just get offloaded to someone else to worry about. The responsibility weighs heavy, but I feel better being the one handing my responsibilities over someone else doing it.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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