October 23, 2003
Christmas Came Early
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Not much time to blog tonight--I'm grading midterms. But I did have time to stop by the electronics store earlier and get myself an early Christmas present: a 20 GB iPod. I never buy big-ticket items on a whim, I always give myself at least a few weeks to mull it over, especially to avoid those impulse buys where a few weeks later you ask yourself, "why did I buy that thing?"
I'm not going to be saying that about this one. I made a mistake with my first MP3 player, an Iomega HipZip. Dang thing broke after just a few months, and not from rough use or anything. Just shoddy merchandise. The iPod is a solidly built little thing, worth the extra bucks. More about it later. Midterms now.
Posted by Luis at October 23, 2003 11:00 PM
so you teach in Japan... okay I gotta ask. What/where do you teach, and how hard was it to get a job like that? what kind of qualifications did you need?
For the past few years I've been dreaming of at least visiting Japan if not somehow someday moving there, and I've also thought abotu ditching software and becomign a teacher once my student loans get a bit paid off. Combining the two would be pretty damn cool, imo.
and the iPod looks great. I reallly want one but alas I do not have the cash.
Posted by: Jason at October 24, 2003 06:59 AM
Jason: I teach at an American college here in Tokyo. A Master's degree is required (usually in the field being taught; mine is in TESOL, but once full-time, and due to the lack of qualified instructors in this venue, I was able to teach the survey course is Computer Science, being more than just a little familiar with the field).
If you have a B.A., that's enough to get a job at a conversation school, or possibly the JET program. For conversation schools, you just come to Japan and start looking, unless you can find a school that recruits in the U.S. (though some of those schools are less than reputable, like NOVA). The JET program you can apply for from within the U.S. Their page is:
I don't know much about jobs specifically teaching Computer Science in Japan, despite my position. One source you might look at, though, is:
They have a new listing of teaching jobs in Japan (you can sign up to receive it by email) every two weeks. Also, JALT lists job openings here:
though they might be more for TESOL professionals--still, worth a look.
What degree(s) do you have, and in what field(s)?
Posted by: Luis at October 24, 2003 10:57 AM
I have a BSC in Computer Science and I have started my MA in it. I want to appeal for a scolarship for studying MA in Japan. For that, I need to write a detailed research proposal and to find a couple of professors that will send a recommendation for me and may be have me in their university later.
Do you happen to know what fields in Computer Science are worth trying? Where can I find some professors that can help me?
I will be really grateful for an answer :)
Posted by: Vera at January 26, 2004 10:39 PM
I'm afraid I don't know much about that. I teach a survey course, and am not very knowledgable about the higher levels of the field. Sorry.
Posted by: Luis at January 26, 2004 10:42 PM
May i get help about heigher study in Japan.I've completed my graduation on BSC in Computer Science & Engineering.Now i want to move for MSC in CSE/Telecommunicatin/Optical Networking/...Plz help
me by providing helpful information.
I'm looking forward to u.
Posted by: nilu Khan at February 22, 2004 02:49 PM