Chances of getting hired as a self taught?

I’m currently 23 in the U.S with just an associates degree. I have been self learning programming for the past year with a goal of landing a job in Japan. I know this is possible in America with good projects and open source contributions that shows my skills, but how likely will I be able to find a job in Japan as well?

Hi! Unfortunately you will need a bachelor’s degree to get a work visa in Japan; this is a requirement of immigration, rather than just something employers are looking for. If you’re really keen on working in Japan, getting that bachelor’s degree - and ideally a few years of professional experience - would be the way to go.

That being said, open source work is always great to see, and if you can maintain that throughout the next few years of your career you’ll likely be a very competitive candidate for jobs.

Sorry, I should have specified that I won’t need a visa to stay in Japan.

You’re probably going to have to use that self-taught experience to secure a job in the states to turn into professional experience in order to apply for those positions that require X amount of minimum years as I don’t necessarily think a nice profile will go as far for positions in Japan. There are exceptions of course, but that’ll probably be the safest bet to maximizing your chances.