Working in Japan as a Military Spouse

posted on October 18, 2015

The day I found out I was moving to Japan, I started to worry about my career. I haven’t stopped since. Yes, I probably need to calm down quite a bit about that. But I’ve spoken to many others who share the same feelings as I do. For spouses, coming to Japan on military orders often means leaving behind a budding career.

I was working my way up as a journalist and had just been offered my first editor position when I found out my husband had orders to Japan. Overall, I was ecstatic: living here sounded like a dream, and being here has been better than imagined. But there was one thought I couldn’t shake: What good is a political reporter in a country where she doesn’t speak the language?

When I got here, my fears were heightened. There seems to be a myth around the military bases that it’s impossible to find work here. Fear not: It isn’t.

That isn’t to say that it’s easy, and you might not be working in your chosen field. Unfortunately, that sometimes comes with the package when the military uproots you every few years. But, you can find work, and you’ll likely experience something that will open your mind in a way you didn’t expect. Here’s how:

Off-Base Work

When Kate Meyer came to Japan, she made sure to pack business cards. A lot of them.

“People started telling me it was impossible to find work here,” she said. “You can’t let that discourage you.”

So, she started talking to people, on base and off, and made sure to leave a card with everyone she met. She also looked online, which yielded plenty of leads.

source by newsonjapan
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