Thursday, 17 May 2012

Studying and Working in Japan – An Interview with Simon Zhang

 An Interview with Simon Zhang

Please tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved with Asahi Nihongo.
My name is Simon, and I am from Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada. I finished my university studies in Canada and then came to Fukuoka because I wanted to try working in a Japanese company. Asahi introduced me to do marketing at a cosmetic company, and then I spent 9 months in this beautiful city.

What kind of internship or job do you have here in Fukuoka?
I am currently working at Ritter School as an English teaching staff. I used to teach in Saitama for one whole year, but I am enjoying it here much more.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently studying a little Japanese on the side and organizing summer parties at Noko Island.

What are the most rewarding and challenging aspects of working in Japan?
The most challenging part is definitely the language. Although foreigners learn set phrases for how to communicate at work, there will always be times when you have to learn new words and expressions on the spot. But after overcoming this challenge, it feels very rewarding because you know you can accomplish difficult tasks.

Did you take classes at Asahi Nihongo before starting the job/internship? Are you still taking classes?
Yes, I took classes with some of the best Japanese teachers I have ever had. The quality of teaching is excellent, and teachers really care about your progress.

Do you have any advice for someone interested in studying and finding a job/internship in Japan?
‘’The sky is the limit!’’ If you find passion in what you want to do (working or studying in Japan), and you keep yourself motivated, there is no stopping you!

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