Part 1: Packing up and going
Moving to Japan is something that I’ve always wanted to do before I get too old. I’m 25 now, fresh out of college, and I don’t want to wait any longer. Correct me if I’m wrong but, I feel like, the longer you wait, the more you’re going to miss out on opportunities. If I wait a couple of more years to move to Japan, then I have this fear that learning Japanese will be harder; getting an entry level job would be harder; meeting new people will be harder.
I imagined my move to Japan to be more a more smooth move than how it’s actually going. I thought I would already have a job lined up before moving there. But on the contrary, I’ll be moving there early with 2 suit cases and barely any money saved up (not even $1000.) I’ll be staying at friend’s places and applying to jobs there, living frugally and saving money as much as possible.
The reason why I’m moving there despite not having a job lined up is there will be a career forum for exchange students in July. For those who don’t know what a career forum is, it’s basically job hunting fair. Though I’m technically not an exchange student anymore, I do want to try to go there to find a job because I’m foreign, and I hope they will recognize that I’m attending this out of my own pocket money. In other words, I hope they realize that I’m well invested in my future.
My biggest worry is obviously stability. Unlike other people who graduated with cool degrees like computer science, IT, or Art, I graduated with a Japanese degree. That’s great and all but, aside from the language knowledge that I don’t even have any fluency of, I don’t have many other skills.
But I’ve already bought my tickets and I’ll be contacting friends soon so I can maybe stay at their places. Ideally I want most of my money going to food and transport. No souvenirs or game center budget here. So there is no turning back. If I fail to get better in Japanese or fail to find a job within two or three months, I will go back to the States and find a job here. But hopefully it won’t come to that.