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Hey, guys. So, in this video we're gonna be talking about
my path here in Japan
how I came to what I'm doing right now.
Everything that lead up to it, all the jobs that I did
And, because I'm from Los Angeles, I'll talk about my initial job
coming first to Japan, how I got that job,
and all those little details that you guys have been asking.
I actually wrote a script
about all of this, but...
to be honest, I kinda wanna make this more personal.
I'd rather just have a one-to-one.
Me and the camera.
I talk about everything that I've done
here in Tokyo, Japan.
I first came to Japan when I was
studying on the AKP, or, Associated Kyoto Program
in Kyoto, Japan.
That program was probably the most well-run program
that I've ever seen.
This program is not sponsored by them, by the way.
Definitely check out the links in the description down below.
Definitely check that out if you want to do study abroad.
I made a video about it, as well.
About my host family that I stayed with.
So, I'll probably put that video somewhere around here.
And, after that one year, I wanted to come back
to Japan and stay here
work here and experience it
as a working man, or "salaryman" as they say here.
That was something that I always had
something in mind.
I wanted that to be my goal right after I
graduated from college right after America
So I did that.
I applied for the JET program.
As many of you guys know, the JET program is an
ALT placement program
or, Assistant Language Teacher program
where you get placed around Japan
in public schools.
You don't get to choose.
The application process is one of the
most tedious and long
processes I've ever come in contact with.
I got accepted the first round for the interview.
And then, I got rejected. Uh...
yeah, I got rejected to the JET program.
And that was something that was very shocking to me.
I thought my goal of coming to Japan
or my ambition to come to Japan was all of the sudden
it just, everything was just falling on me
and nothing was coming
the way that I thought it would be.
So, during that time,
I was pretty, pretty sad.
I was pretty, I've like, you know
my Japan trip was not going to happen,
I can't experience living here in Japan.
But I think it was a good opportunity for me to wake up
and to realize that there are other opportunities out there.
So I jumped on GaijinPot, looked at the job board,
applied for an "Eikaiwa" or, English teaching program.
Got in,
got all the visa stuff processed,
and hopped on a plane in, I think June of 2012.
Came to Kanazawa Prefecture first
because the job, or the school, was located in Kanazawa Prefecture
which is the prefecture right next to Tokyo
on the west side.
Then that job was very interesting.
I was there for about ten or eleven months, I think
right before my contract ended.
It was a one-year contract.
It was renewable, as many of these jobs are.
So basically, you get a one-year contract
and after that period is finished
you'll talk to your hiring manager
and you'll renew it.
Usually I think it's renewed
at these jobs, if you don't, you know,
mess up or do anything that is against the contract rules.
And, during this eleven months, I was pretty miserable, to be honest.
I did not want to do that Eikaiwa teaching.
It was nine or ten months of just
every day was like seven lessons.
Every lesson was an hour long.
The difficult part for me was that I had no teaching
education. Or teaching background.
I was pretty lost on how to teach properly.
And my grammar, to be honest,
in English is not the best, as
some of the YouTubers I really know.
Yeah, my grammar and vocabulary isn't... isn't...
er.... yeah.
We'll leave that for another story.
Anyways, um, right after that
I anted to try the ALT position.
Because that was something I really wanted to do.
I wanted to learn about Japanese culture
from a school perspective.
What I mean by that is,
I wanted to learn about the sempai-kohai system
which kinda this um, uh...
how do I say? seniority system that Japan has.
I wanted to learn the "bukatsu," or the
sports clubs and all that kind of
stuff that Japan has
which is very different from America.
I'm from Los Angeles, so....
It was kind of a cool jump.
Eikaiwa was just teaching two people, or maybe just one-on-one lessons.
ALT position would be teaching 30-40 students all in one classroom.
So I applied for the Interac position.
Interac is another
ALT placement company.
So, I got in.
I think many people do get accepted
if you're already living in Japan,
to Interac.
So it's kind of an easy acceptance process.
I think it only cost...
I think it only took about one month
for me to get accepted
and get all the paperwork finished
and the contract signed.
Weirdly enough, actually, both of my schools
my junior-highschools I was teaching at
Were at the same location as my Eikaiwa.
Or, my English conversation school
schools. Branches.
Which is kind of interesting, because I kind of stayed in the same area.
so it was kind of cool, actually.
Um, I learned a lot.
But it was definitely something
that I knew I didn't want to
do long term.
It was something fun.
Something that I got to really learn
a lot about Japan and about
Japanese culture
from children.
Which was something that...
I think I've learned the most about Japanese culture through this ALT program.
When I say it was something
I knew I didn't want to do long term,
partly it was because
salary-wise, I was not satisfied.
I knew that even if I did
200%, you know, give my effort
and made all these cool lesson plans
and all the students loved me,
My salary would not really go up at all.
I'm pretty ambitious. I'm kind of goal driven.
For me, I wanted to have a career.
I want to have something where I can
Build off of. I want something
where I can look back on and see all of my accomplishments
and see how much I've grown.
For me, teaching is not that route.
I don't think you can feel that way
if you have my kind of mindset.
So I knew that was not kind of the route I wanted to
do, despite loving that past year.
And this is where I started my YouTube channel.
This is when I had so much free time as many ALTs do.
A lot of times you finish your lesson planning,
you have to stay in the office, typically.
You can do whatever you want to do in the office at your desk.
So you can do... I think I edited videos sometimes.
It was definitely a means to an end.
I kind of lucked out.
I had a lot of friends, and
one of my friends introduced me to a real estate investment company
which is a Japanese-owned company.
A really, really high-end
so fancy.
And that's where I started that salaryman in Japan series.
Where I really experienced Japanese culture.
During this time, I also passed the JLPT N-2 test.
Which is a Japanese proficiency test
that marks your Japanese level.
Passing the N-2 means that you qualify for business level Japanese.
Passing the N-1 means you're technically fluent.
And you understand all the Japanese nuances
and that kind of stuff. So...
that's why they hired me.
They hired me for, um,
translation, interpretation...
especially because they had no native
English speakers in the company.
Initially I was basically doing a lot of translation.
There were a lot of technical real-estate terms that I had
no idea about, so
I had to study my butt off for that year.
So that was probably
another, really, I learned so much from that job.
Everything about business - Japanese business culture which is
very very different from Western business culture.
I learned about handing your business card.
You can probably check all those videos out. I've made
a bunch of those salaryman videos on this channel.
I think there's like six.
I basically point out the main differences
and what I've learned
from that company through those videos.
But once again,
I knew that
business for me, in a corporate environment
was not something that I was interested in.
I'm a creative guy.
I like to go out of the box.
I like to do
have a...
basically...
do something different.
Every day.
During that time, I was meeting a bunch of recruiters, actually.
There was a big company, Hays,
a very international recruiting company
that was in the same building as me
a couple floors above me.
I met with them one day.
They introduced me to some marketing gigs.
The reason I chose marketing was because
during my YouTube channel,
I realized that
marketing was something that I kind of had interest in.
I knew that
I thought I knew that I could tap into an audience
and realize what they really
wanted to see.
Or, to hear.
I think I had some kind of
connection between me and the viewers
that could probably
help analyse and research for a company.
and possibly make content for it.
And so, with no marketing experience
I didn't have a chance to ever study marketing.
I used my social media background.
with Okano TV as kind of my
promotional
part of my resume.
So as to say, despite not having any marketing background
I have this this unique aspect about me that
I know social media
as proven with this many followers
on my social media accounts
and this much engagement
blah blah blah
So, that was kinda how I entered
the marketing industry with zero experience.
That is something I wanted to convey later on
in this video about
trying to find something unique
about yourself or your skill set
the you can offer to a company.
I worked for that company
I was the global marketing specialist for this company
It was an interesting gig
It was a startup company, and that's where I learned a lot about startup culture
How fast-paced everything moves
How the duties are all over the place
You might be asked to do something that's not directly in your contract
Simply because there's not enough people in the firm
Or the direction might drastically change all of a sudden
So I learned a lot from this company, a lot about start up culture
I learned a lot about some technical softwares that you would use in the marketing industry
It was cool, it was definitely a learning experience
So up until now, every single job that I had I took something away from it
I took a learning experience
I learned something from it that helped me develop into my next path, my next step
I tweaked it so that it was a positive thing that I can present to the next company of why you should hire me
So after that job, unfortunately that company downsized it's Japanese branch
Not on me, it was something that was out of my control, out of my hands
That was a transition period for me because now I knew what I wanted to do
I knew what industry I wanted to enter
But now I had no job to actually do it
During this time, I was meeting all these recruiters and recruitment firms
And that is one thing I highly recommend doing
So I think I'll talk a little bit about applying to jobs now
During this 3 month period where I was unemployed and I was looking for a job
During this time I was connecting with all these recruiting companies
I'll list some of them down below in the about section
But I strongly recommend connecting with all these recruiting companies if they do contact you
Have a one-to-one coffee or do something where you can connect with them, network with them
Because in the long run it does really help
Build a LinkedIn account
It has gotten me so many job interviews and my network has blown up through LinkedIn
LinkedIn, if you guys don't know, is like FaceBook where you connect with certain individuals based on your resume
What's cool about it is if you search "digital marketing Tokyo" on the LinkedIn searchbar
I will probably come up because I use those keywords in my title
So I put "digital media marketing manager" and I have my current location as Tokyo, Japan
Currently, I am the CMO of my current company, so if you type in "CMO Tokyo" I probably come up pretty quickly
So that is something recruiters use all the time
Recruiters search for certain keywords that match the job description on LinkedIn
Because typically LinkedIn candidates are more qualified than you may find on GaijinPot for example
So, I highly recommend building a LinkedIn account,
connecting with recruiters whenever they contact you,
or even, actually being more proactive.
Going to recruiting firms and saying
that, "I'm interested in finding a new job. How can you help me?"
A lot of these recruiters will at least have
a one-to-one kind of face-to-face interview with you,
see what kind of your goals are and what you want to do on your next step,
and see if you can actually match some of the jobs
that they have...
Umm, kind of...
in their big... pile.
Yeah, you know what I mean.
Um, number 3!
Network with people in the industry
that you want to go in to.
One person that I really owe a lot to is Jon.
NihonJon, or Book of Host is his other channel.
So, I'll link that somewhere here. But Jon
is pr... is, is, he's, that dude is like such a genius
in digital media marketing.
I literally only ask him.
And that guy, that guy is...
he's so smart!
I swear to god. He is so smart.
I met him at a YouTube space event.
Halloween. It was a Halloween event.
I think it was like two years ago, now.
I knew that this guy was something I wanted to do.
I wanted to become this guy. He was
at that time he was working at one of the top firms in the world.
And I was like, "dude, I want to be like you."
"Tell me how did you get there,"
"and what skills do I need."
"to enter this kind of, you know, that tier company."
And. you know, we talked.
We had a good discussion, and...
To be honest, I think you learn
so much more by just talking to professionals
in that industry
than you'll ever get from reading a text book
or reading news online.
So, my third recommendation is
talk to specialists in that industry that you want to enter.
Obviously research goes a big part
because you can't have a conversation,
you can't have a decent conversation with someone in that field
if you have nothing to talk about.
Um, so do some research as well
about companies that you want to enter.
What you think they lack and how you think you can benefit that company.
So let me talk to you a little bit about how I got into Odigo and why
they accepted me.
So, once again,
here is the point where I say
have something in your skill set, in your reservoir
that is something different
or something that you know is you unique.
to you and how you can bring that to the company.
And bring certain results
with this skill set.
For me, it was obviously YouTube.
Um, I had a certain amount of subscribers,
I had a certain amount of fan base,
and I knew that I could get this much traffic
by spending this much money with these YouTubers.
So, I already had this kind of package in mind when I
approached this company.
I told them, I can get you
these famous YouTubers here in Japan
and we can do business with them.
And I can get you this many views to the website.
And that's how I came up with the Odigo 47,
how I can give them the video content
for every single prefecture
I can give good brand awareness
using famous YouTubers that I have connections with.
And I can get this many views to the website
umm, using these YouTubers.
Obviously the CEO was then
ecstatic, everyone was jumping on board
saying yes, let's do it.
Boom. I got hired. I gave them this big proposal
everything from what YouTubers would be using
what prefectures I'd be going to
that was every prefecture.
But where I'd be going to and every prefecture
in Japan and how much money I'd be using
blah blah all of the details
I made in this big presentation.
I presented to the CEO,
he loved it, and so that's how the Odigo 47 started.
So after the success of Odigo 47,
I was kind of promoted from manager to CMO,
and now I run all of the marketing
for Odigo travel.
So I think to me it was kind of interesting
path that I took.
I was just like probably many of you
I was unsure of what I wanted to do.
But what I did know is that I wanted to come to Japan
work here, live here, experience the culture.
But, for me that only lasted about two years
to the point where I was like I need to stop
get my stuff going
because I was ready at age 24 by then
and I wanted to start my career
like many other of my peers were already doing.
Number one advice that I'll give to you guys is
I think it's really difficult to get out of the teaching bubble with no
previous work experience besides teaching.
So, we were hiring a bunch of candidates for some open
positions on the marketing side.
For Odigo travel, and
to be honest, many candidates came from a teaching background.
That's all the work experience they had.
And, they tried to make this work experience
and word some of their
duties and their responsibilities
and make it sound like they had the skill set
based upon this teaching experience.
Which to me, doesn't qualify.
Because a lot of this teaching experience is
part of your duties for example you say
I had to make lesson plans, I was creative.
I'm sorry, but...
making lesson plans does not necessarily correlate to you
being creative. There's no evidence.
I'm not sure what kind of lesson plans they were.
You don't give details, right, so...
Why would I assume you're creative just because you're doing your job
making lesson plans.
To be honest, I think something else that you should do is that
find a skill set
that is outside of teaching.
For example I'm great at Adobe Photoshop.
I have done this, and here's my portfolio.
So, get yourself out of teaching.
Find a skill set that is unique to you.
This is why I always tell people, don't major in Japanese.
I actually majored in Japanese,
and I think it was a huge mistake.
When you say you majored in Japanese,
and you're still not fluent in Japanese.
That only sounds like you didn't really
do much in school.
Which I... hehehe heh....
I probably... yeah, I guess I didn't.
If that is what I mean by that. But uh...
Anyway, I hope you guys really enjoyed this video.
that's kind of my path, of how I came
from teaching English, or I guess
come from Los Angeles to teaching English
and then now, uh, kind of a
kind of uh, one of the top guys in uh, Odigo travel's
inbound tourism website
where I get to travel for my job.
I literally travel
everywhere in Japan and make YouTube videos.
So I do exactly what I love doing.
Once again, if you guys liked this video, please like, comment share and subscribe.
If you guys know someone
who is out there looking for a job and confused
how to get the job that they want here in Japan
please share this video with them. I think it could be really helpful.
And, yeah. See you guys next video.
See you next time. Bye.
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