Where Are They Now? JET Alum Joe Meadows

JET Alum Joe Meadows

Hiroshima City JET alum Joe Meadows answers some questions about what he’s been up to post-JET and how the JET experience has helped him. If you’re a JET alum and would like to answer this questionnaire, please email the editor at wideislandview (atto) gmail (dotto) com!

Name: Joseph Meadows

Age: 31

Location in Japan while on JET: Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken

Years on JET: 2007-2010

Currently living in: Plymouth, MI U.S.A.

Current occupation and jobs held since leaving JET: Quality Engineer for Fujitsu Ten of America.

Highlight/funniest part of your JET experience: I think the highlight
would be climbing Mount Fuji with AJET and watching the sunrise. I
remember looking down the side of the mountain in the morning light
and seeing all the folks that didn’t quite make it in time snaking up
the path.

How the JET Programme has benefited you career-wise: Not so much JET, but the whole experience of living in another country has given me a better sense of perspective that people who have never left their own country don’t always possess.

What transferable skills JET gives you: The transferable skills you learn on JET are hard to articulate in a CV or in an interview. The best skill I can think of is the ability to be truly flexible and adaptable. Many others may claim to have this, but haven’t always had to prove it like you do when you come to Japan.

What advice you would give to current JETs for getting the most out of the JET experience in order to further their career afterwards: Learn Japanese, but don’t expect this skill alone to land you a job when you return to your home country. A second language is a really great skill to have and one that looks really great on your CV.

Any tips for job hunting after JET? Clean up your Facebook profile and Google yourself to make sure you don’t have something horrible pop up. Get an e-mail address with you name in it so you can put it on your CV. (i.e. NO cutiekittyunderpants@hotmail.com) Make a nice professional looking LinkedIn profile that lists all your good points. After that, network, network, network.

5 comments

  • Jason

    There should be a question about what Joe is doing these days. Does he like his job? What does he do in it? What else is going on in his life?

  • Courtney Coppernoll

    Hmmm, I see what you mean, but I guess because the purpose of these articles is to give advice about the transition from JET to post-JET we decided not to delve too deeply into personal life. We also don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy by asking them to share too much. If you’d like to include any additional information in your own article, though, by all means go right ahead! We’re always open to suggestions! 🙂

  • Frank

    I agree with Jason.

  • I also agree with Frank and Jason in that such an aspect would add not only an interesting background story (which I feel most readers want to know) but also add integrity to what the respondent says. The question could state, “feel free to include as much or as little info as you want”.

  • Courtney Coppernoll

    As I mentioned above, writers are very welcome (and encouraged!) to say as much or as little as they like. This is the original list of questions used in the first article, and I’ve stuck with it in order to maintain consistency between all the articles in this series as well as to avoid invading the writers’ privacy. If readers have any additional questions for the alumni, they’re also welcome to ask in the comments section (which no one has done so far). Thanks for the feedback!