Pondering my future: jobs & locations…

I have about seven weeks left in Japan and I’m seriously considering what comes next. I’ve been chewing over two paths. One is getting back into publishing, with a view to writing and editing (easier said than done without the right qualifications). The other is tourism or, more specifically, Japan related tourism. I’m hoping that the job I do will have some relation to Japan, and the idea of helping other people to plan their adventures is really appealing.

Whatever job I end up doing, I also have to consider the location. I sort of had my heart set on London because everything is there. Also, I used to live there before, so it’s kind of “safe”. But I’m also considering other options (part of me would really like to live somewhere new, as there’ll be more opportunities for adventures).

Basically, before I even go for a job I have a little checklist for the location:

  • Can I learn Japanese there? (I’m determined to continue studying with the hope of one day becoming fluent.)
  • Can I eat/buy Japanese food there? (As much as I’ve missed certain British food/veggie food, I couldn’t live without sushi & takoyaki fixes!)
  • Is there some kind of Japanese society or meet-up group which I can join? (I’m going to miss Japan so much, but I know having such a society and having Japanese friends will make me happy, and help me with my Japanese.)
  • Is it easily accessible without a car? (This has nothing to do with Japan, but my license expired while living in Japan and I’m no hurry to get a new one!)

Of course, London checks all those boxes. Sadly some locations don’t. But it looks like I don’t have to narrow my search simply to London.  I have a few other locations in mind, but perhaps you know of somewhere that meets my criteria? I’d love to hear about it!

For now, the job hunt continues. If you’re reading this and thinking that you’d quite like to employ a Japan-loving, tour-planning, Japanese-speaking, writing, editing, photograph-taking, highly organised British girl some time after May, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! 😉

15 thoughts on “Pondering my future: jobs & locations…

  1. If I were in your position, I would go with what my heart believes in. What would you regret the most – leaving Japan, or not returning to London? Whatever you decide, make sure it is the one that would make you most happiest.

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  2. If you wanted to something a little different from London, maybe Brighton would work. I think a lot of creative professionals (designers, writers, etc) live and work down there and I bet there are plenty of sushi places (though can’t guess at the quality!). Just a thought… Good luck!

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  3. If you consider other countries but the UK then I’d say Düsseldorf! For some reason there are plenty of Japanese people there and you are right in the middle of the Ruhrpott (easy reach of Cologne, Bochum, Dortmund and other cities) where you can get everything. You can get by in Germany with English, but I think it would be easy to pick up some German for you.
    Uh, maybe Singapore?

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  4. Just found this on wikipedia:
    – 17% of Düsseldorf’s population are foreigners, which is a total of 101,481 people. The largest ethnic minority groups are Turks, Greeks, and Italians.
    – Düsseldorf has the third-largest Jewish community in Germany, with about 7,600 members, which is more than 1% of the city’s population.
    – Düsseldorf and its surroundings have the third-largest Japanese community in Europe and the largest in Germany (about 11,000).

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  5. Wow – thank you for your comments everyone! It’s so interesting to hear which places you recommend! I think I’ll be sticking with England, though. (For now!)

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  6. London would be ideal, but I’m sure most major cities would offer what you’re looking for.
    No matter where you end up, I’ve every confidence you’ll be a success!
    Take care xx

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