The Inside Japan Podcast – Zach from Pivotal Labs

Zach knew he wanted to work in Japan, but he did not take the first I’ll teach English and then I’ll work towards the job I really want route. He took a calculated different path, and it’s one that I think more people should consider as an option. Enjooooy.


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  • 02:17 – Intro – Zach’s Current Position
  • 05:50 – Why not teach English in Japan after college?
  • 07:00 – Zach’s Volunteer work in Japan
  • 11:20 – Zach calculated approach to eventually finding a job in Japan
  • 14:40 – How did you get your job at Pivotal? Why did you leave your previous employer?
  • 30:50 – How much Japanese do you need to work in Japan in tech?
  • 33:00 – How’s life in Tokyo?

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James came to Japan as an Eikaiwa teacher, morphed into a seven-year ALT, and now helps people have more fun while working in Japan, whether they’re just starting out or are veterans themselves. He started and The ALTInsider Podcast in 2015 and has been spreading his message of “Have more fun” ever since.To give your resume the tune-up it needs, head on over to ALT Insider Resume Review and get started today. Don’t let your dreams be dreams.

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