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06:15 pm: Time to start thinking about job hunting...and porn
I was going to have a long monologue about the survey of student reading habits done at my school, or the advertisement I received for the census coming up, but instead...

The head of the English department apparently had a meeting with representatives from Ritsumeikan (the foundation taking over my school). According to him, they don't want an ALT. Instead, what they want is a native English speaker with a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) license who will be qualified to give solo lessons rather than team-teach. He hinted that they already have a teacher lined up for the job. He did say that I will probably have a chance to talk to the Ritsumeikan representatives in person, but that their evaluation criteria for the job will be strict.

One of my other team-teachers asked if I would be applying to Ritsumeikan, because she's considering doing so herself. When I relayed the above information to her, she was quite dismayed. She likes having an ALT more than teaching solo...plus it means the JTEs will most likely be restricted to teaching reading or grammar while the native speaker is put in charge of oral communication, but she enjoys teaching oral communication.

In any case...at this point, it looks like my prospects for staying here beyond the end of the current school year are slim. I will, however, continue to post updates as things unfold. Who knows? Maybe the interviewer will have a Goth fetish...

Which brings me to...

As requested by my dear mother:
Here we have a re-enactment of what it might have looked like to a hapless ultra-sound technician stumbling upon me fixing my hose.

(Okay, so maybe it doesn't really qualify as Lolita, but "Goth" by itself isn't heard much in Japan.)

(When you think about it, that says something about Japan.)


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From:amnachaidh
Date:September 22nd, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
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I feel somehow responsible for this. Sorry.

*grin*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 22nd, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
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Contributing to the spread of porn on the internet. For shame. ^_~
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From:amilyn
Date:September 22nd, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
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Yummy! :-)
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From:megory
Date:September 22nd, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)

Awwwwww

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Thanks!
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From:firesign10
Date:September 22nd, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
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LOL! I'm sure he didn't know what to think! It's a nice outfit though, the skirt is very pretty :-)

Sorry to hear about the shake-up...will you look for a job there or return to America? Another school? and so when is the end of the school year? :-(
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 22nd, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
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It's a nice outfit though, the skirt is very pretty :-)

Thanks!

when is the end of the school year?

It's at the end of March.

will you look for a job there or return to America? Another school?

Unless the city of Moriyama transfers the exchange program (and therefore my contract) to a different school--which doesn't seem likely, because the other schools already have JET ALTs--I probably won't go to another school.

April-May is the best time for job-hunting for teaching positions in the US, so it would be to my economic advantage to go back and start looking for a new job right away. It would feel sad to leave so early, though.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:September 22nd, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
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The picture is hilarious! But the job news is woeful. T_T

Do keep us posted with your job explorations... I don't want to miss seeing you in June 2006!

<-- Wishing I had stolen the crying apple bunny icon. Or at least weepy Chiyo-chan. Distressed!Hashizume is the best I can do...
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 22nd, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
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I don't want to miss seeing you in June 2006!

I don't want to miss your visit either. ;_;

My two options would be to A) stay with wednesday_10_00 until then and forego job hunting for several months, or B) go back to the US and job hunt, then make a trip back to meet up with everyone.
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From:megory
Date:September 22nd, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Nowadays there is so much you can do over the internet for job hunting.

When you've had a chance to think about it, make a list of some of your preferences in a potential job, including where you'd like to live (if it can't be in Japan), etc.

If you'd consider coming back to Michigan, I know that you are familiar with quite a few school districts around here. I can feed you information of things I hear about.

Would you consider teaching at a college?

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From:megory
Date:September 22nd, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I sent that before I was done.

What I wanted to say, was maybe if you started over the internet, June wouldn't be too late. I don't know. It's just a thought.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 22nd, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Nowadays there is so much you can do over the internet for job hunting.

That's true, although nothing really beats a good face-to-face interview.

When you've had a chance to think about it, make a list of some of your preferences in a potential job, including where you'd like to live (if it can't be in Japan), etc.

I will have to do that. I would prefer to teach Japanese, though I know it isn't as much in demand as science.

I just updated my resume with the qualifications I've acquired since graduating from MAC.

I can feed you information of things I hear about.

That would be nice.

Would you consider teaching at a college?

I would, if there are any Japanese positions open.

If the teaching positions aren't happening, though, I wouldn't mind working as a research/laboratory scientist either.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:September 22nd, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Me! Me! Nearly all the Seattle area high schools have a Japanese language program! We're nice! We're liberal! We're not that much further north than Japan! (LOL!)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 22nd, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Nearly all the Seattle area high schools have a Japanese language program! We're nice! We're liberal! We're not that much further north than Japan!

Hmm...my brother just went to Seattle...
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