What can you do with a degree in Japanese or Asian Studies? The answers are as varied as our majors. For a list of recent graduates and what they are doing related to Japan, see the Alumni Page.
Many students who have taken Japanese (and some who have not) apply to JET, a program sponsored by the Japanese government that sends native English speakers to Japan for terms of one to three years, to teach English in Japanese high schools as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), and coordinate international activities in local areas as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). In a typical year over a thousand Americans are accepted ALTs and a few dozen as CIRs. Detailed information about JET is available on the program’s web site athttp://www.jetprogramme.org
For students wanting to conduct a job search focused on Japanese companies, there are many web sites devoted to Japanese job hunting for foreigners. One face-to-face option is the yearly DISCO Career Forum in Boston. Disco International is a company that handles career opportunities for Japanese-English speaking students and job-hunters. Information specifically about career forums in Boston and elsewhere is available from their career forum web site, http://www.careerforum.net/index.asp?lang=E