My Journey of How I Went From Teaching English in Japan to a Career in Tech With The Coolest Company in the World

Sapporo: My Second New Home

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Arrival date confirmed!

It wouldn’t be another month and a half until I actually arrived in Japan to start my new job as a fresh ALT.

During this time though, I didn’t receive my placement in Japan just yet. I was honestly really anxious about where I’d get placed. However, I was initially extremely flexible with my location preferences ensuring that it would be the surest way for me to get to Japan. Countryside, city, remote island, it didn’t matter at the time. I was down for any placement, just so long as Interac got me to Japan. *secretly hoping for the city though*

Lucky for me, I got a placement that would end up being the perfect mix of what I was looking for in a city β€” Sapporo. Here’s a glimpse of some pics from my IG:

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Sapporo has the right amount of bustling urban-ness I need in a city, but is also nowhere near as crowded as Tokyo or Osaka, which makes for a nice balance. You could take a stroll in the city and not feel rushed to walk fast or get out of people’s ways constantly.

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Winters, however, are apparently half-year long ordeals which was something that took some adjusting to, but I’ve since grown accustomed to it.

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My first apartment was a teeny tiny standard ALT Leopalace apartment. Nothing fancy schmancy, but it was fully furnished which was a nice convenience.

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Click to see a video of what my apt looked like πŸ™‚

While I wasn’t located directly in the city center (Chuo-ku), I was placed in a rather nice location located right next to Sapporo Dome, the main sports stadium where many concerts and sports events are held.

My relatively short-lived time in this apartment was how shall I put it… beautiful (to say the least).

For those who don’t know where and how I lived prior to getting my very own apartment, you should know that I lived with roommates/coworkers/dormies in various living situations for the past six years. The latter two years were spent occupying the living room of a rented house with seven coworkers. Yes, seven! Irvine is not cheap. And yes, my “room” was the living room. On the plus side, there was never a dull moment in the house and my rent was only $200 so yeah… I’ll stop here though, as I could write a novella of all the stories that came from living in this crazy house.

Anyways, I was happy to finally have some P-R-I-V-A-C-Y for a change, along with some peace and quiet with my own space to myself.

With an official start date from September 1st, the start of my scheduled week-long ALT training was also the very same day as my arrival in Japan. The ALT life awaits.


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  1. Oh So Bittersweet
  2. Post-University Life
  3. Sapporo: My Second New Home
  4. My ALT Experience
  5. Living On The Poverty Line
  6. #NotAboutThatLife Part One
  7. #NotAboutThatLife Part Deux
  8. Learn To Code The Hard Way
  9. Democratize Publishing Part One
  10. Democratize Publishing Part Deux
  11. Welcome To The Chaos

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12 thoughts on “My Journey of How I Went From Teaching English in Japan to a Career in Tech With The Coolest Company in the World

  1. Thanks for sharing your story, Paulo. Even though I knew the outcome I still held my breath a little there at the end, nervous for you! The GIFs were perfect too. Congrats on finding a career you love and on your beautiful family as well!

  2. I believe they’re always hiring. Lol. How long did it take you to do all those self-taught courses? I’m planning to apply, and I’m pretty glad I ran into your blog. I think I might do the same thing you did – take a lot of courses to prepare myself for the application.

    1. I’m pretty glad I ran into your blog.

      Thanks for stopping by! And I’m glad you were also able find something useful πŸ™‚

      How long did it take you to do all those self-taught courses?

      In total, give or take 3 years β€” a bit long, but this was on top of a full-time job, parenting, and not having any background in web development. And I literally dipped my hand into everything i.e. programming, digital marketing, design, etc.

      I might do the same thing you did – take a lot of courses to prepare myself for the application

      Yeah, that would definitely help! If I were to look back on what I could have done to prepare more effectively, maybe I would’ve considered focusing more on CSS proficiency, WooCommerce, and making sure I know how to work & navigate the WordPress.com platform like the back of my hand πŸ˜„

      I’d be glad to answer any other questions, so feel free to shoot an email anytime: https://peaeb.blog/contact/

  3. What a journey! I recently applied to become a Happiness Engineer, and I’m very anxious. This would be my dream job and I can’t wait for my first interview.
    I’m currently learning JavaScript with TreeHouse and Codecademy at the same time, using the second to practice rather than as the primary source of learning tool. I’ve also learned CSS, HTML and Python from Codecademy but I might need to practice and start working on some websites of my own, to experiment and stuff.
    While the degree I’m pursuing at university is not related to tech at all, I really want to be a developer and I think the best way to do it debt free is through self-teaching.

    1. I recently applied to become a Happiness Engineer, and I’m very anxious. This would be my dream job and I can’t wait for my first interview.

      Nice, and best of luck! If you haven’t already, check out the Happiness Engineer blog:

      https://happinessengineer.blog/

      I really want to be a developer and I think the best way to do it debt free is through self-teaching.

      Absolutely. Being self-motivated to continuously learn is an invaluable quality to have. Keep at it, and you’ll eventually find that many opportunities start opening up for you πŸ™‚

  4. Hey,
    This is the very first time, I read any post for word by word without any break. Most of the time, I read few sentences and just get the overview.

    But your post and the journey to Automatic keep me curious to read what will happen in the next line.
    It will really awesome.
    It also encouraging me to do my preparations for Automatic.

    Thank you for inspiring. πŸ™‚

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