Monthly Archives: November 2011

Decision Time…

Its the 29th of November today.  My boss asked if December was going to be my last month or not.  He wants to know if he is going to need to train someone else or not.  I thought he was training someone else already.  I told him I would give him a month advance notice before I left.

Its already the end of November its passing so fast.  Now I have to decide what I’m going to do.  Make or break time.  Work through December and take January off or work through January and take February off.  If I call it quits now for December then I’m setting my schedule for Japan for February.

However at the rate things are going with job applications that might not be the best idea.  I might end up with 2 months off.  (O.O)

Basically I’m down to the wire and I have a day to think about if I am going to put my 1 month notice in now or not.  Maybe putting it in now is for the best.

Seeing as I’m on my bike now, I really don’t want to have to ride it around for December and January back and forth to work…

Oh well I’ve got alot to think on for the next 24 hours.

EDIT: I’ve decided to work at least the first 2 weeks of January.  SO the first half of January to make a little extra money.  This way I’m not sitting for so long, and I make a little extra for Japan.  Win-Win

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Certification Update…

So now I have good news that will hopefully begin a trend to end the bad weekend.

Today I took the test at the end of the 40 hour Grammar component of my TESOL/TEFL/TESL certification course to upgrade my certification from 60 hours to 100 hours.

I passed.

Basically now I have a 100-hour TESOL/TEFL/TESL Certification with a specialization in English Grammar.  There are other online modules that you can take to add to the certification as well, but this one was quite difficult and I don’t see the need to upgrade my certification unless I find a job that requires it.

Anyway my 3 day weekend is now over I’m headed home.  Thanksgiving is coming up in 3 days and the year is coming to a close quickly.  I was only planning to work through the end of the year.  If I plan to stay on this schedule I need to find a job quickly.  So most of my time not at work will now be dedicated to that.

Thanks for following the journey gets interesting now….

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under-qualified?

So now begins the difficult part of the journey.  I was hoping for the easy one.  Started with Interac, then AEON.  Now I’ve got to start applying to individual schools.  In fact after I quit my job at the end of the year I might fly to Japan and start applying in person.

I’ve heard of people doing this and it working.  I don’t know how well it works in smaller or rural areas.  Works great in Tokyo I’m sure, alas I’m trying to live away from Tokyo.

But as I look at job postings in Japan they all seem to require teaching experience, or Japanese speaking experience.  I don’t have either.  See that was the benefit of the other two jobs.  Neither were required.

So if I continue to look for other jobs and it seems as going to Japan and applying in person is next option then thats what I’ll do.

Sorry if this has gotten to be a bit of a ramble, as Ive had a long day with the trip home after the disappointment of no job offer.

But now its time to get serious.  The next month is going to be the toughest, and its going to determine what happens next as far as timeline of the move.

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2 Up, 2 Down, 3rd Times a Charm?

I didn’t get it.  No point in dragging out the suspense.  I’m not a fan of suspense movies anyway.

I went in this morning.  Sat through 5 hours of information session.  Then lunch break went back in at 4:10PM  there were 5 of us in the mock teaching session and I went second.  I thought I was walking in with a sure thing.  In fact I was still nervous, but based off of what the people were doing around I figured what I did was going to be perfect.  In fact it should have been based on the fact that I don’t actually have any teaching experience.

I walk in and my lesson is like 90:10  90% student talk time 10% teacher talk time.  The students were enjoying themselves and speaking english.  I was praising the students.  Although perhaps it could have been more structured.  It wasn’t the perfect lesson by any means, but who has the perfect 5 min lesson at a job interview full of people with no teaching experience.

To be honest the more I learned about the company it truly wasn’t for me, but it would have been worth it in the end because it was my ticket to Japan.  Really, you are forbidden from having or driving a car?  Its against company policy?  Whatever its a small thing.

This is two companies applied two, and 1 interviewed for.  2 companies “unfortunately we can’t offer you a position at this time” now I feel like this entire weekend was a huge waste of time.  Its sad to say because the hiring timing was perfect and locations were perfect too.

Now I suppose I’ll start looking further into other TESL jobs in Japan.  And when it comes down to it if I have to I’ll take that trip there in the end and apply in person if I have to.

See I just sold my car yesterday.  So now I’m riding my bike to work for the next month and a half.  And I’m planning to work only until the end of December.  I was originally planning to be in Japan by February/March.  Time to kick it into high gear.

After I’ve had time to collect my thoughts and I get back in Lake Charles.  I’ll post up again with a new game plan.

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Ready as it Gets….

Just a quick one.  I find myself awake a couple of hours early.  Breakfast eaten, and dressed ready for the interview.  Just reviewing a couple of things.  and I’m pretty much ready to go.  I’m still a little nervous, but at this point nothing is going to prepare me any better than I am prepared now.  So I just go in guns blazing like I have in the past.  I am what I am, if thats not good enough here then it wouldn’t have been good enough for them in Japan either.  #JapansNotReady #NotTwitter

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Interview Jitters

Here I sit, I should be preparing for my interview.  Or sleeping, or any number of things really.  But I’m not.  Once again I’m here typing out whats going on instead of doing those other things.

See oddly enough this is my first time experiencing this.  I’ve never been nervous/anxious for an interview before.  You could almost say I’m an interview professional.  I’m not trying to say that I some awesome interview dude and make myself sound special.  But in 2005 I graduated with a degree in Psychology.  So that kind of helps with interviews.  I know how to work people in that environment.  When it comes to a personal interview I’ve only one time lost.  I still can’t really explain that one.  “Sorry but we feel that you are over-qualified for this position” Still don’t know how to explain that.

However going into this interview even a week ahead of time I’m actually nervous for the first time.  Maybe its because I really want this job.  More than I’ve wanted any other job.  Most interviews I’ve walked into with a cool head because well, I didn’t really care at the time if I got it or not.  Or maybe that wasn’t it, maybe I just knew going in that I was getting it.  But this time is different.  I’m actually worried.  I’ve got a lot riding on this.  I need this.  With this interview my first real step towards Japan.  The dream that I’ve been dreaming for a very long time is getting closer to reality.   This interview might very well determine the difference between that dream, and reality….

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野生の外国人は近づく

Assuming that my translator is remotely correct this says (A wild foreigner approaches).  This might make sense to you if you played Pokemon as a child, or if your still a nerd like me.  Perhaps this should be my tag line instead…Although I’m afraid the average Japanese person who might read this in the future might not get it.  See I’m tailoring this for all my friends back home, and for new friends who will be following my going-ons (or anyone who wants a laugh)

I got off track, I’m Adam.  And this is my first blog attempt.  See I’m moving to Japan.  I’m going to be an English teacher, at least at first, or maybe forever who knows.  See I’m planning to move, but I’m not planning to return.   I am going to make a life for myself in Japan and live it.  Come back to visit family and friends, but I’m not turning back now I’m in it for the long haul.

The reason I’ve finally sat down and started this (when I should be preparing a lesson plan) is because I have my first job interview for Japan this coming weekend in Dallas, TX.  So I’m excited/nervous about that.  If I’m here typing its usually going to be because I got sidetracked when I should be doing something else.  Once I get to Japan I’ll try to do weekly updates, but at least monthly.  I’ll try to tie in a VLOG on youtube as well.

I’m going to use this for everything, it will be my place to vent when things get difficult.  My place to tell everyone when something great happens and a place for BS.  Probably more of the BS.  It will however be an interesting ride of that I promise.  If your expecting my English here to be perfect I’m sorry, as I’ll probably be writing these early in the morning or late at night.  Anyway that’s all for now.  I’ll post up again after my interview and say how things went and where things are going from there.

And with this “Days End”

A new chapter begins “Prelude to Japan”

–Toepfer

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