I Did It :(

“I did it” can be taken so many different ways, which is why I felt compelled to add that little frowny face up there… My “I did it” is not a happy one. Rather, it was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in a while. As of this morning, I am no longer a candidate for the JET Program. I officially submitted my withdrawal and will be going to Japan with Interac instead. I don’t know if it’s the right decision, but it’s the decision that I made and have to deal with.

Yes, Interac is super problematic (and I complain about them all the time). But if I continue with JET, I know there will be just as many problems down the line. I don’t think many of you care, but just in case, I’ve included my reasoning below:

  1. My FBI background check won’t arrive on time for JET. I submitted it about a month later than JET recommended. They said that they will try to work with people in that situation, but I don’t know how much leniency there is with this, especially since it wouldn’t be projected to arrive until September or so.
  2. I’d need to submit duplicate forms. Right now, it’s just the IRS form… Which I can really only submit accurately for one program, as the start dates are different. But what about later down the line, when I get my CoE and have to get a visa? I can’t apply twice with two different sponsors.
  3. My fiance is going with Interac. Hopefully, we can get placed together and share the cost of living, which would make things a lot easier. And if not, we can always request a new placement the year after.

Honestly, I could probably make a similar list as to why it would be more beneficial for me to go with JET, but oh well! I hope that all the new JETs on wordpress blog a bunch so I can still follow along!

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8 Comments

  1. Hello ^_^
    I’m actually in Japan right now with Interac. I’ve been here since the end of March. So far my experience with Interac has been pretty good. Of course, everyone’s experiences are going to be different, but from what I can tell it’s a pretty good company. If you have any specific questions, I can try to answer them. You should also join any Facebook groups they invite you to. And don’t hesitate to contact your MC (Managing Consultant) at any time. I think once you’re assigned to a branch office, you should receive an email from your MC. ^_^
    Congratulations! (Even if you’re not sure of your decision… ^^”)

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience! I have no reason to doubt (yet? haha) that it will be a great experience! I’ve joined one of their facebook groups so far and it’s been nice to see posts about people who have the same questions/concerns that I do! Thanks again for your support and offering to help! 😀

  2. Hey, just so you know no one’s FBI check will get there in time, so don’t feel bad about that! Literally everyone is gonna have to do a state check lol. But for your situation, Interac sounds great! I’ve definitely they tend to do a much better job at placing coupling near each other. Good luck! 🙂

  3. I’m sad we can’t meet on the JET program, but you’ll still be in Japan! And you’ll have an amazing experience 🙂 no matter who you chose, you will be amazing! We can still meet up too! I’m like, in the middle of Japan so I’m accessible to everywhere! Can’t wait to hear where you’re going in Interac!

    1. I know!! I’m so bummed!!! 🙁 But yesss I think Interac only places on Honshu so meeting up should be easier lol but I’m looking forward to your posts so I can live the JET life through you 8)

      1. Interac was my second choice too 🙂 if jet said no, I would have applied for them next. I can’t wait to hear about your placement! Did you ask for the same places as jet?

      2. It seems to be a lot of people’s second choice hehe. And I *think* I asked for the same placement (Tokyo, Osaka, and Sendai) but just in a different order from JET. I’m crossing my fingers for that city life! (haha unlikely…)

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