Hello Tokyo Dev Forum,
I’m really interested in landing a software job in Tokyo/Japan, I just don’t really know how to approach it. I’ve read over the featured articles and am still a bit confused as to if Japanese firms would even consider me. My desire is to work for a midsized company programming in OpenGL or React.
First about me; I’m 32 from the USA, I just graduated with my second degree, a BS in C# Software Development. My first degree is a BS in Industrial Design, although I haven’t really done much product design since leaving school in 2014, I have focused on graphic and UI design.
I don’t speak Japanese, (I just bought a book), but as someone who has a minor in Spanish and studied several other asian languages to varying degrees of fluency, I don’t think I would struggle to pick it up, and isn’t a concern of mine.
My biggest concerns are that this will be my first attempt to impress a company of my programming skills, (imposter syndrome) and second since most of my work is freelance, I don’t really have a paper trail of experience. (I read somewhere that I’d need 10 years of provable experience to get a working visa, is that true?) I am building a nice portfolio of about 5 to 7 fun and interactive projects that showcase my skills and interests.
Do I seem marketable to a software company in Japan, as a foreigner?