If you clicked on this link, then I’m sure you’re looking to know a little bit more about me and my qualifications.
For personal reasons, I’d rather not use my real name, so let’s just call me Candice for now. I was born and raised in Canada, and lived there for the majority of my life. I attended a bilingual school, and as such, am fluent in both English and French (Spanish too, but more on that later). When I finished high school, I decided that I wanted to add another language to my repertoire, so I moved to Spain to study Spanish and immerse myself in the culture. This first big trip really ignited my desire to travel further, and explore all of the wonderful places our world has to offer. The travel bug had bitten me, and it had bitten me hard!
When I returned home, I briefly contemplated studying international languages at university. I decided that wasn’t quite what I wanted and decided on social work. Just like any other university student, I wrestled with the ultimate question: “What do I want to do with my life?” I ultimately decided that, as much as I wanted to help people as a job, social work wasn’t for me. Teaching was calling my name! So I overhauled my major, deciding to do two degrees at once: one in French, and another in Education.
During my studies, I made ends meet by waitressing, tutoring, and teaching private language lessons. I also did several unpaid internships, teaching in public schools. Though stressful at times, I loved it and am so happy with my decision to switch majors.
Flash forward to the present day: I graduated with both of my degrees in early 2016 and went straight to work. I continued tutoring and waitressing to supplement my income, but I knew that my future was abroad. So I obtained my Canadian teaching license and took an additional TESOL course to get ready. When I was offered this teaching job in Japan, I was ready. It was a dream come true!
I moved to Japan in October, and have been here ever since. I love the students I work with and enjoy the work I do every day. I plan lessons, create curriculums, assist with English-learning events, and, obviously, I teach Japanese children English. My students range from 4 years old to 16 years old, and each and every one of them brings a different personality to the table. I have confrontational students, serious ones who refuse to laugh, energetic kids who are always on the move, and much, much more! On top of all of that, I’m also learning Japanese as I go, in order to be able to communicate with the people around me.
My experiences and education have really helped me along in this job, but I definitely have some learning to do still (just like anyone). A lot of wonderful teachers have shared amazing resources with me, that I have found super helpful. I’m hoping to pay their kindness forward by sharing this with you. So take what you need, leave what you don’t, and hopefully read a bit about my experiences in Japan along the way!