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beside teaching what else can i do 2018/10/2 12:07
I have a spouse visa for japan.
I have over 25 years in senior management including GM and CEO roles.
Issue I have no degree,i have worked my way up the hard way.
What type of job could i get in japan?
I know teaching is an option, as i have offers there already but looking for something a little more, challenging.
I work in the water sector, currently delivering operational efficiency and intelligent water solutions for clients.
I also have 1100 contacts globally in the water industry
Thank you in advance
by ichiban A Chan  

Re: beside teaching what else can i do 2018/10/2 15:14
I assume you have a visa as spouse of a Japanese national, right? In that case you can work as anything where you find a job. The issue of needing a degree does not apply. So if you have all that experience then look for a job in your field. Or any other field you think that you could reasonably work in.

I guess you are new to Japan. When I first came also most Japanese assumed that I would look for a teaching position. Simply because I am a western foreigner. I had (and have) no teaching experience whatsoever. But it is totally possible to work in your old industry. Specially if you find a company that is internationally interested/focused.

In my case it was actually super easy. I had my profile on LinkedIn and one day got an email from a Japanese company, asking if Ifd like to interview with them. Now I might have a very specific skill set that is attractive to Japanese companies, but you also have a lot of experience and just need to sell it. Like in any other country where you are we and need to find a job.

Good luck job hunting!
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Re: beside teaching what else can i do 2018/10/2 15:42
If you have "1100 contacts globally in the water industry" you should be attractive to one of the larger consulting companies that have an office in Japan.
The only observation I might make is that being a GM/CEO doesn't necessarily mean you would make a good consultant as the skill sets are different. But, as you said, you worked to that position, so you'll need to go back a few steps. Also, people will tell you you're over-qualified for interesting but lower level jobs which can be frustrating.
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Re: beside teaching what else can i do 2018/10/2 16:16
I have over 25 years in senior management

How is your Japanese? Are you fluent? In Australia, could you work on such positions without speaking English like a native? Can you imagine doing same jobs in Japan without speaking Japanese? In a complete Japanese work environment with people who only speak Japanese?

Ask yourself those questions because someone in Japan will probably ask you the same questions.
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Re: beside teaching what else can i do 2018/10/3 10:07
To be fair about the talking/reading/writing Japanese question/comment, it certainly helps and in most cases is necessary.

There are some exceptions: One of my previous colleagues was a corporate banker and was posted to Tokyo for three years - back in the 1980's. He had a great time (on an expense account), but during his three years he couldn't speak any Japanese - he didn't need to, so never bothered to learn. I guess he had someone with him as a translator most of the time, and probably only knew a few words even after three years of living here.
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Re: beside teaching what else can i do 2018/10/5 06:20
My husband had a posting in Tokyo where he was the CEO for several years in the 1990's. Admittedly it was an offshore company with a smaller office in Japan. Despite all his best intentions he couldn't really communicate in Japanese, but had a Japanese manager who spoke good English, so all the business dealing were conducted bilingually between my husband and this manager. It worked out fine. He could understand a lot by listening.

In certain situations Japanese fluency is not essential. May I also add he didn't have a degree either, but had years and years of experience in his profession.
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