Sunday, April 7, 2013

JET: Acceptance!

Hello all.

So, it's been a nerve-wracking few months, but as you can see from the title of my post, I've been accepted into the programme! I've been in a fantastic mood ever since I found out, although I've also had an extremely busy week at work so I didn't have a chance to update the blog until now.

Last time I posted, I had just recently completed my interview for the position. Like I said at the time, I felt my interview went well, and I was initially confident. However, don't underestimate the effect months of waiting can have on your confidence! I did second-guess myself, and I began to seriously consider my back-up options. I applied for other jobs, knowing it could result in conflict. I often felt directionless, and that my life was in some sort of limbo. In the beginning, I researched a lot of aspects of Japan I found exciting. Later, I threw myself into work, and planning for some trips I'll be taking before JET to distract myself - this week alone I've worked over 60 hours. Basically, the waiting game didn't suit me. But it was worth it.

We found out much earlier than I expected. I was very happy on April 1st, because I knew that finally, this was the month I would find out. I thought I had two weeks of waiting, and I would been happy just to find out before I go away at the end of this month. I decided to check the JET Programme Forums ( on the 2nd, and found out that some people in New Zealand had found out they were alternates that day! I still didn't think much of it, deciding they must alert alternates much earlier than shortlisters - so I did by that time kind of think that I was either in or out.

The next day (April 3rd) I was at home getting ready for a night shift at work when I saw I had an email on my phone. To be honest, I'm surprised I opened it straight away. I actually didn't really give myself time to get nervous about opening it, I just did. And I was shortlisted! Here's what my email said:

"Hi Annabelle

It is my great pleasure to inform you that you have successfully passed the second stage of the screening process for the 2013 JET Programme year and are now on the final short-list for ALT candidates.
You will soon receive a letter in the mail containing all the documents you need. The Reply Form and the Certificate of Health need to be returned to the Japanese Embassy by 5pm, Tuesday 23 April so please let me know if this does not arrive by mid-next week and I will email you the documents.


Shortlisted in this sense means, barring any unforseen circumstances, you will be given a job as an ALT. Wohoo! I let all my family and friends know, and did a mini happy dance, haha! Everyone I know is really excited for me, which is awesome. :)

Anyway, that about wraps up my acceptance notification post. The next day I recieved a letter in the mail from the Japanese embassy, with a congratulatory letter and the relevant medical forms. I'll have a busy week this week seeing my GP and getting everything ticked off, all the while daydreaming about my new job.

This has definitely been a good week!

- Annabelle


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I've been a high school English language teacher on the JET Programme since August 2013. Read about my experiences, advice on being accepted into the JET Programme, and travel tips around Japan on my blog:


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