JOB & LIFE UPDATE after graduating university in Japan.
SO! It’s about time that I sat down and updated you guys on a few big changes. I’m currently in between Namaze and Takedao train stations On an abandoned train track hiking trail. So basically, I graduated in [ March ] and then I went dark for a good couple months. Even my parent’s (and litle brother!) were like, “Where did you go?!” I just started uploading again without any explanation and judging by the comments that started to confused a lot of you guys. So today I’m going to lay my cards out on the table again ① Me and Japanese ② Why I went dark ③ My future plans ➃ Will I stay in Japan? My job, work, visa situation and ⑤、 some dessert after all this meat, we are going to announce the contest winners! I did a Japanese book concert about 5-6 videos ago and we never announced the winners! So we’re gonna do that today. One of my goals right now is to actually
restart learning Japanese again I know I know that sounds kind of weird. I want to know how to do more presentations, negotiations and meetings I want to talk to my co-workers in a way that doesn’t make me sound like a textbook/idiot. So I’m planning on restarting lessons on italki. I think you guys have heard me talk about them a lot in the past? I used them when I was studying Italian …and for some language challenges like that. How you can use italki to find a native Japanese teacher I always have the promo code in my description if you guys didn’t notice real teachers from the convenience of yoru home. Which is what I need now! So I think for now, I’m going to start with italki not so much learn Japanese, but instead what I need is to iron out the awkward bumps. I’m one of the types of people who will never believe they are truly “fluent” especially recently, I feel like I really hit the ceiling. I started doing negotiations
meetings presentations and I just felt myself struggling. Just so tired and frustrated. After I graduated, I REALLY had to go into hyper mode with Japanese. I used to try to be cute or “gaijin card” wiggle my way out of speaking properly For meetings, emails or slack messages people would ask me to do something for them and I wouldn’t know how to respond! Instead I’d cutely respond, ShOu-SHoU o-Machi Wo….NYORO! trying to be cutesy but it’s wrong! You can just say “nochihodo o-okuri shimasu/itashimasu” but I think I’m finally learning how to speak appropriately in the right situations and not just Polite vs. Casual….it goes beyond that. In the workplace for example, if you’re overly polite then you’re actually just being weird and rude. So there are these weird nuances of like…IT boy talk that isn’t overly polite. So that was hard! One of the things I caught myself doing a lot recently Is carrying an IC recorder and a notepad with me everywhere. When I hear people say phrases like that I’ll immediately write it down just to try to copy them in my own way. So for context, right now I am on a hiking trail I’m doing the hike! I’m doing the trail! …and this backdrop is so much prettier than my room! I started at Namaze station and picked up some snacks Let me show you my snacks! The first one is ENBUN CHARGE! I’ve being doin a lot of shoots with NHK recently and the camera crew/sound guys got me into these things It’s like calcified Gatorade.
Electrolytes in a chewable tablet. Since we’re near Osaka I figured we should do some commerative octopus! This is the closest thing I’ll get to takoyaki on this trip! “Tako Meshi” (Octopus and Rice) okay… fishy smell… You know, it’s pretty good actually! I think there’s a soy sauce, mirin, sugar, salty sweety thing going on here! So the next big question is… WHERE HAVE I BEEN?! So I graduated on March 26. Most of my friends went home to their countries or started full-time jobs here in Japan. My situation was a little bit different I started embarking on whose project for the first time sponsoring my own visa! I have a more detailed video planned, but
basically I hired an immigration lawyer or in Japanese what you would call a “gyoseishoshi” They helped me work through all the paperwork and how to turn what I was doing into a neat little package and the reason being is of my work before and because of my thesis. Because of my thesis I did a lot of different case studies and worked with a lot of different companies as an independent contractor. So when I graduated, there were 5-6 companies that I was talking with and worked with regularily that were like, ” okay so now what do we do!?” I hired a gyoseishoshi who started building this package So that I could kind of rework all my contracts into something that made sense. This was VERY HARD. The amount of paperwork and effort it took, I expected but the hardest part was explaining to all these companies sitting down in meetings, meeting my bosses’ bosses’ bosses going up these ladders and basically petitioning them to work with me to create this type of situation that I had dreamed up along with my lawyer. Incredibly hard. This pushed my Japanese more than I ever had to The amount of emails, messaging, re-positioning my Japanese My Rubik’s Cube of life, because of the 6 companies Every time I thought I had the whole thing set up There was like maybe one piece missing or something was slightly off The last 3 months is me basically trying to crack this thing and get everything lined up on every side So it made a perfect little thing that I could submit as my visa application. The TL/DR is that where I’ve been the last couple months is setting up my next steps here in Japan! This leads into the next question, my future plans, Will I Stay in Japan?
Yes, the answer is yes. Boomer and I are both planning to stay in Japan, his visa is part of this application We both want to be here in Japan for a good while But we’re trying to set it up in a way so that we can live more flexibly and well. A lot of it has to do with the environment in which we want to have and raise our
family Boomer started his 2nd year of language school and he’s really loving it here He’s doing really well.
Things are things are going very well! Also, I feel like I have to clarify! After going dark and suddenly uploading again in this order, I need to be a little bit more careful with the way I present and word things here on my channel. So for me, because of the thesis and they way I’ve always worked, I always had it in my mind That my work situation always been contract, consultant based stuff. When I take on new clients or companies, when I start working with them I call them new jobs …because that’s what they are But for example, in the NHK video I just posted talking about one of the newest jobs I had done in Japan If you watch my Instagram stories you probably already know the NHK show that we posted in July was actually filmed months ago but because of the airdate timing, when you saw it, I graduated, I went dark, and then suddenly one of the first videos I posted was this video showing a new job in Japan because of my thesis I do a lot of different things so for me, this is all part of the Rubik’s Cube, of my work portfolio but for your guys it looks like I was announcing a single, new full-time job some of you thought I gave up on my MBA degree or something No, that’s not the case! Rather than burn bridges and destroy the relationships I had built with all these companies by only picking just one, instead, I picked the ones that worked the best together and made THAT a visa! I’m staying in Japan I get to work with all the companies that I really like and I get to keep doing the work that I really like doing it’s a huge, colorful group of companies that I really enjoy working with in (print) media, IT, graphic design, travel, marketing I’ll explain the nitty-gritty how, what my visa’s called and what type it is in another video I may even be able to get my lawyer to join in on the video but for now I felt like I needed to clarify that. To be honest, ever since I graduated I fell into this pretty big slump. I think I finally deflated once the adrenaline ran out All I would do is work on my visa, do more meetings and sleep that’s it, that’s all I could mentally do This is the second time in my life where I basically had the chance to repackage really reassess what I was doing This happened once in New York.
I used to work in IT startups and if any of you have ever worked at a start-up you probably know they’re not the most stable situation. They usually have a 5year fast track to get sold, IPO-ed, or fold. One of the companies that I was working with, we hit a LOT of road blocks and in the end it was shut down, and I had to reassess everything. These conversations about what I want to do in 5 years, not just reacting to a problem actually choosing to follow the things that I want wanting to be a serial entrepreneur and wanting to be creative in my work help more people with scholarships, business, services and technology All of these things that really make me passionate To be able to do these things, I need to think beyond the possibilities of just one company Whether it’s someone else’s or one that even I think I could build myself I don’t think one company could solve all the things that I want to be passionate about That’s why this was such a strenuous and challenging but good labor of love The past 2-3 months, these were the converations I was having with these companies, That in 5 years I want to have started and pulled the trigger on these projects and I want them to be a part of it. You’d better believe this was a challenge emotionally, intellectually, personally, linguistically, and across the board! I think this was hardest thing I’ve ever done That’s where I’ve been, that’s where I’m going, that’s what I’m doing…for now! So now that I’ve bored you guys… Let’s close that up, and get to the dessert! The contest winners!!! So many of you guys were really excited about the 5-min plot twist series book and of course the Kimi no Na Wa so rather than just pick one winner I decided to pick one winner for each other those books So are you ready… to see the winners! [ …I totally didn’t record this after the fact!!! ] Athila Razali Gabriel Tupas! forestsprite starrywinx Congratulations!!! A couple went by while I was doing that. That was very embarassing….lol starting tomorrow I’m heading back to Sayocho! One of me favorite places in Japan! I said I’d be back in four years but I get to go back earlier! Today I’m gonna finish this hike, meet
some of my friends for dinner then I’m actually gonna swing over to
Sayocho to see one of my friends Susumu to see some sunflowers So follow me to the next video I will see you guys there! See you in Sayocho and congrats to the winners! Thank so much for watching today! See you guys on the trails!