Less Money… Comment Response
Since I’m unemployed, I figured I’d spend more time regularly updating. I always wanted to update regularly, I just couldn’t with my job schedule. I couldn’t do much of anything, really. If possible I’ll try to do these comment responses as much as possible, I figure that’s better/easier than just leaving “(Az’s Note:…)” in the comments.
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I had an idea – a lot of people have been asking for wedding pictures. I was going to post up one – just one. But if a steady stream of donations come in, I’ll post more pictures. If you guys blow me away, I’ll post every picture that’s taken. Least I can do. And I’ll try to figure out other ways to enhance the content of this site as well.
Still, a boss (and personal friend) of mine once said that it’s not enough to do your job, you must give the impression you’re doing it. One way is to occasionally go to your superiors and ask for advice, even if you don’t need it, for instance. Working has a very political component to it… start working on that.
Yeah, I think this was a factor in my old job. They always got on me for not communicating and not taking advice or whatever. In my case, as I was doing something I’d never done before, and I was the only person in the company actually capable of doing it, it was a little difficult to communicate or ask for advice when I had no idea what was going on either. I’d prefer it if they just gave me a task to do, a deadline to have it done, and let me get the job done in my own way…but eh, such is the politics of the workforce.
You are painting a scary picture of my post-JET life. It sounds like my best bet is to stick at this job until they remove me by force.
Most of us who leave JET end up appreciating it a whole lot afterwards. While I miss the nice salary, the free time, and the lack of responsibilities…I’d really hit my limit as an English teacher. I don’t think I could have done a 4th year even if they’d offered it to me. If you think you can hang with it though, then by all means do so.
As much as I know you love Japan, have you considered leaving due to your current situation (being unable to continue living the lifestyle?)
I have a personal deadline I’ve set…if I don’t find a job by that deadline, I will consider going back to America. I actually gave it some thought sooner, but talking to my friends back home their universal opinion was “DON’T COME BACK HERE! Do you have any idea how much gas costs now?! Stay in Japan! Let me come over and sleep on your floor!”
Maybe I’ll wait to see what happens in the election first. If McCain wins, I might just stay in Japan for another 4-8 years.
And yes, I have just stoked the flames of political debate. …But don’t do it here, m’kay?
I’m sorry to hear about the nonsense at your last job, Az – and also that it’s been so difficult finding a new one. I’d have imagined it’d be easier for someone who can actually speak conversational Japanese.
There are a few problems.
1. Qualifications-wise, I only have Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 2 (2-kyuu). I think I made an entry about failing the 1-kyuu – at that time I still liked my job and didn’t take the test as seriously as I should have. Going into a job interview, employers look at 2-kyuu and think “this means that there’s plenty of things that he doesn’t understand.”
2. Jobs in Kansai for foreigners (that aren’t English teaching) are few and far between. Now’s not the best time for the job market. What happens is that the same group of unemployed foreigners end up all going for the same jobs. And those guys probably do have 1-kyuu and/or more experience than I do.
3. Its difficult to get a job that’s posted for Japanese people because…well…why would they bother to hire a foreigner? You have to prove that whatever advantages you bring to the table far outweigh any percieved disadvantages the company may have about hiring foreigners. Often times, we don’t even make it to the interview stage.
Before someone recommends I shift my focus to Tokyo, I already have – I’ve been applying for jobs in Tokyo as well, and even spent a week in Tokyo going to interviews. The problem here is that the competition is very, very stiff.
I am trying. Something will come my way eventually. …Actually, speaking of, I have an opportunity now to become a radio DJ here in Kansai. While the job sounds fascinating and I’d love to take it, it doesn’t pay very well at all…
Holy gonnies, are bosses in Japan generally like that or is he just an asshole? I knew about the “a good salaryman must work till early morning” thing, but I never thought they’d friggin cut your paycheque if you don’t.
I think no workplace is without bosses or co-workers who drive you nuts. I tried to factor that into my situation, but this case was just way too extreme. I haven’t even told you guys the full story. People who I did tell the full story to, their jaws usually dropped, followed by “why are you still working there?”
Lies!!! I bet you spent it all on KFC and Watermelon!
Dang, I’ve been found out.
Also, side betting on Madden 09 games. Oh, and bling bling, but that goes without saying, doesn’t it? I get my 7th gold tooth later this week.
Is he any worse than your previous bosses in Japan? I’ve always gotten the impression it’s a culture where the people higher up on the ladder tend to revel in that fact by treating their employees like shit.
Prior to this I was JET, and aside from some co-workers that annoyed me (remember Noisy Fucker?) most co-workers and bosses were very helpful. After JET I had a brief stint as an English teacher with a private company – see the “A Straw Most Final” entry for my complaints against the Vice Principal of that school. But even then, the VP was just the catalyist – the whole situation was bad, and the VP’s attitude just gave me a good reason to finally jump ship.
But as I said before, I think problems at work are universal to any culture/country.
Your preserverance has renewed my efforts to travel (and possibly live) in Japan. Without you as an example, I probably would have given up on the idea (after 6 years of thought). So, if you won’t give up, neither will I!
Glad to hear it! I won’t give up. There’s too many reasons not too.
Az: Do NOT start the baby making now! If you thought you had no money now, then just wait til the little f’er pops out. Do yourself a huge favor and wait a little bit. No one is ever really financially ready I guess, but in the situation you’re describing, a kid will not help.
Trust me, I know. I think the missus has finally caught on as well. Although the power of the Baby Switch is indeed as fearsome as it is awesome…I think I’ve turned it off for the moment.
Although, R-san, if you will remember the Baby Blues entry, had her baby this week, and every time the wife looks at the picture R-san sent she gets all anime-starry eyed. Literally, its like looking at an anime character. Its a little unsettling actually…