My wife and me are planning to settle into Japan next year. My wife is from Japan so I’m eligible apply for a spouse-visa.
Anyway, what I’m concerned is my field of work. I’m an experienced consultant for Microsoft Dynamics NAV which is an ERP-software which allows amendments to the application-code in a proprietary programming language (like SAP). At the moment, I do work on a freelance basis in Europe.
There are around 5 companies in Japan who are specialised in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. So, the Job-market is limited.
My japanese is on a medium level - I can speak with my japanese teacher about easy topics I know. Now, because of my language ability, I might be not interesting for one of these 5 company (the business is normally very customer-driven. You have to interact with Customers a lot normally.)
But to be able to make a living, I’m considering mutliple options.
My first and ideal option would be to continue as a freelance developer/consultant with clients in Europe. It’s a big plus on the salary and I would continue to work in my field.
In case this does not work (there are not so many roles like this because of the customer-focus), I’m considering to apply for a Job at these 5 companies. There is actually professional recruitment activity in Japan (contacts made already - thanks to LinkedIn), but my language knowledge might allow me this step after 1-2 years only. I’ve once heard about specific business etiquette in the office (keigo “version” of japanese). Is this still valid for tech-orientated companies?
If that might not work out, I’m considering a switch into a different field of technology. Being a developer is like being a driver. You can drive your car, but you are able to adapt to drive other cars too. Anyway, I’m considering a switch to another technology based on the same work circumstances: prefered as a remote freelance developer or in a local company.
Last but not least I would try to do something completely different (here in London are a lot of craft beer shops :-))
Thanks for reading so far.
I’m writing this post, because I’m interested in your opinion and if you have any tips?
Or is someone actually in one of my described situations (working remote for clients in US or Europe)?