Hi, How’s it going?
Now that the coronavirus is going around the world, it is unlikely that we will be able to travel/move to another country anytime soon.
But as the Japanese government started a new policy in 2019 to welcome as many as 345,000 workers from overseas within 5 years, it is most likely that there will be more and more opportunities for people all over the world to come to Japan to work.
Especially if you are a student, you might think of coming to Japan as an International student and work part-time (you are allowed to work up to 28 hours a week with a student visa). Approximately 75% of International students take some kind of part-time job (it is called “Arubaito/Baito” in Japanese).
According to a study by Jasso , about 45% of international students choose to work Food and Beverage related part-time work (such as convenience store, or supermarket), and about 24% of them take Sales and Marketing related job.
Hourly rate for part-time job is over 800yen (if the work you find is below that, you should not take it…!). Ratio of part-time job that offers 800yen to 1,000yen is 50%, and 1,000yen to 1,200yen is 30%. You need to be careful if you find a part-time job that offers over 1,200yen without requiring you to have a specific skill as it might be a fraud (However, the wage of a teaching job is high. From around 2,000yen to 5,000yen per hour).
You can find part-time job opportunities online.
Here is one of the most popular site: Gaijin pot
It might be difficult at first…
At work place, you might face some culture shocks seeing the way Japanese people work. People work really hard, you need to be respectful to seniors, and there are a lot of unspoken communication which is very hard for foreign workers to comprehend…So my advice is to listen what people say carefully and do as others do until you get comfortable working there. And ask when you are not sure about anything.
For an International Student
If you choose to work part-time in Japan, you need to make sure that the work does not affect your studies. International students who work over 28 hours limit has been a big problem, and you will be forced to go back if you do that.
I hope the current situation will get better soon and I’m looking forward to meeting the newcomers to Japan! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me [email protected] .
Have a great day!