So I applied for JET, but found out yesterday I didn’t get selected for interview.
To those not familiar, JET is the Japan Exchange and Teaching program. I applied back in November of last year to be in ALT(Assistant Language Teacher) which would involve moving to Japan for a year to help teach English in a school. Applying is anything but simple, requiring you to collect, many documents including: references, medical history, degree information and a personal statement. I put alot of time into collecting this information and preparing my statement so i’m happy what I sent off was a good reflection of myself, I just wasn’t what they were looking for.
It’s a policy of the program not to provide individual feedback which is quite frustrating, so I’ll never know how far off I was, or what areas I could look to improve on if I did choose to apply again.
For now i’m going to continue learning Japanese and look toward my next trip over, which will probably be in 2011. I’m undecided as to whether i’ll apply again, two unsuccessful applications would be incredibly embarressing and personally crushing.