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I have lived in Japan for 10 years now, and have worked my way up to Assistant Prof. at a university. I kept my American social studies teaching license active by taking the appropriate tests, and I have my master's in education. By the way, I have my selection set to local hire. This is the only email I have ever gotten from the EAS system, so I was overjoyed to get it. Am I getting my hopes WAY up for no reason? Does a local hire "referral" often lead to an interview, or does mean next to nothing?

I also had a few questions for any Dodea teachers living and working in Japan: My apology for the naivety of some these questions.

1. Does Dodea insurance allow me to use any hospital in Japan, for instance if I need to take my family to the hospital/dentist, etc. Or am I limited to "on-base" facilities.

2. If you are paid in dollars, yet all of the bills (electric, rent, etc) are taken out of my Japanese bank account in Yen, what do you recommend. Do you have to...See More
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SocialStudiesLivinginJapan Helpothers, thank you for the thorough reply. I have my American accounts already set up through a credit union and also another bank. I realize I wouldn't get the housing benefits. I did not get an interview after my referral as of yet. I suppose I will push through with my career here and move on to becoming a Professor at a university. After 7 y...See More
Sep 17
IsItFriday? I think you're plan to build your career in Japan is a good one.

I think your dream of working for DoDEA was commendable, but how you proceeded to follow that dream was flawed.

DoDEA is not in the business of giving people "a chance". Instead, HR tries to hire the most qualified people.

While you were working in a Japane...See More
Sep 19
IsItFriday? I think you're plan to build your career in Japan is a good one.

I think your dream of working for DoDEA was commendable, but how you proceeded to follow that dream was flawed.

DoDEA is not in the business of giving people "a chance". Instead, HR tries to hire the most qualified people.

While you were working in a Japane...See More
Sep 19
SocialStudiesLivinginJapan Is it Friday, you do have a few points that ring true. I have a Master's in Education, and an active social teaching license (national board certified). I also teach social studies in both languages in Japan. While your right about working and accumulating experience in America being a plus, I have been accumulating published peer reviewed papers o...See More
Sep 24
IsItFriday? Stop!

You're making me laugh. I almost spilled my miso soup on my laptop.

Yes, yes. I'm convinced. You're very qualified. But, you do understand that I'm not HR, right? No one at HR is listening. You're just shouting in an echo chamber.

HR uses an algorithm to make decisions.

"Have you ever tried to learn another...See More
Sep 25


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