Both here on Asia Options and at AustCham Korea, Scott Walker is an iconic name within the Australia-Korea space! Formerly AustCham Korea’s youngest Board Member (Director), Scott’s transition from student living off $900 a month to Tourist Australia’s Korea Country Manager can be an inspiration to many young professionals. Asia Options had the pleasure of…

Having chatted with AustCham Korea’s Executive Director (ED), Rowan Petz, in Seoul, it was terrific to sit down with the ED of the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCCJ), Emily Hallams in Tokyo during a recent visit! Although new to her role at the Chamber, Emily has an impressive array of study and work experience in Japan,…

Volunteering at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are commencing their search for 80,000 volunteers in September, 2018. Volunteers are needed for the preparations and activities immediately before, during and after the Games. Volunteers will be directly involved in ensuring the Games are an exciting and successful event for all. If you want to…

  For those looking for an internship in Japan and with an interest in international relations, there’s no going past this internship opportunity! As one of the very few overseas Australian postings offering a formal internship program, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Japan offer a great internship opportunity. But keep in mind that…

  Seeking a career in the United Nations, but not sure how to get there? Well, the United Nations University (UNU) Office of the Rector is seeking highly qualified candidates to take part in their United Nations University fellowships programme, located in Tokyo, which offers a very exciting and culturally historic backdrop to this great opportunity. This…

    Australian artist, James Tapscott, founder and creative director of Globelight Inc., was invited to exhibit his work at this year’s Japan Arts Alp Festival in Shinano Omachi. James’ work, Arc ZERO, a ring of mist by day and an illuminated halo by night, framed the bridge to a temple so his experiences even included…

The following is a comprehensive guide I have created to help you understand the nitty-gritty details of job interviews in Japan. It covers details of the all-important handwritten resume, how you should look, as well as the ‘unspoken’ rules of Japanese interviews with regards to manners and expectations. Please bear in mind that the application process and level of…

  What is the JET Program and what can I do? Established in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) is a Japanese government initiative dedicated to placing university graduates, regardless of their field, in Japanese kindergartens, elementary, junior high, and high schools. Successful applicants take up positions as either Assistant Language Teachers…

Young Australians who spend time in Asia on university exchange are sometimes unsure how to utilise their new cultural and language skills upon returning home. It is easy to be Asia-engaged when an educational institution or other organisation is willing to pay for you to study overseas.  But what about when those opportunities are not…

  Studying the Japanese language since the age of eight while hearing my grandmother’s stories of working in Japan during the ‘60s and ‘70s had well and truly given me a taste for all things involving the Land of the Rising Sun. Teamed with my tertiary-level studies in politics and international relations, I became increasingly…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…

    Teaching is a valuable skill to have – communication and interpersonal skills are important attributes for most professional careers – but as a free-lance English teacher in Japan, what started as a skill-building opportunity resulted in a truly excellent life experience. I got to live in the amazing city that is Tokyo and…

  Interested in Japan? If so, how much would you jump at the chance to: Visit the factories of some of Japan’s famous manufacturers, like Toyota? Discuss the business of one of Japan’s largest trading houses at their Tokyo headquarters? Receive a briefing on bilateral relations from the Australian Ambassador to Japan? Attend an international…

  Discovering Japan I still remember the moment that I first became interested in Japan. I was about nine years old, in a bookshop where I discovered a Japanese phrasebook. The words seemed so strange and the idea of speaking another language fascinated me – konnichiwa! My parents bought me the book and I still have it…

  I moved to Tokyo in January 2014 to take up a 12-month long role as a Foreign Legal Trainee with one of the “big four” law firms in Japan.  I confess that, prior to moving, I hadn’t properly thought about what to expect, both of Japan generally or at work. Despite my best intentions,…