I’m a long-term resident of Japan. Came here in the early 2000s. Started off in the countryside and then moved to Tokyo a few years later. My Japanese is “alright” could be a lot better, and I’m a PR visa holder here.
So, in my downtime, apart from learning to code, lately I’ve been researching what it would take to get a job in the field (outside of the technical skills, obviously). A lot of advice recommends networking and building contacts. Part of my research on this lead me here. The whole situation with covid makes the networking situation a bit messy, but I’m guessing there are some useful opportunities to network for foreigners, right?
Other than all that, I’d be really grateful for any advice on changing careers here. Is it realistic? Has anyone else here done it, or know of anyone who has? I do worry about my age. I turned 40 a couple of years ago and it seems like such a big number and am a little conscious of it. I keep worrying, “who in their right mind would hire someone with no professional experience and is over 40?” Actually, just reading that puts the shivers up me.
Anyway, feel free to tell me if this a crazy idea. If it’s not, I’d love to hear any advice.