Hi Paul, and fellow Tokyo Dev peps!
I guess the quick version of my question is, is it possible to work as a web developer with a visa other than an engineering visa or working holiday visa?
Ok so now to give a bit of context and background to my question, I hold a bachelors degree in marketing and until recently I spent 3 years working as an account/project manager at leading mobile marketing and development company. While I was there worked a lot with the developers and found what the work they were doing to be really interesting and I enjoyed learning about the development side of the business. Long story short, I decided I really wanted to get into web development and so am currently attending a 6 month Developer Bootcamp which I’m thoroughly enjoying!
From a professional point of view I have always wanted to live/work in Japan as it is a country that provides unique challenges, but also the chance to work with a truly global community and it provides career opportunities that I wouldn’t get in my smallish home city here in New Zealand. From a personal point of view I have been there numerous times on holiday, have friends living there and do have some understanding of the language as I actually spent two years studying/learning it while at university (and still practice when i can even now).
If I could I would get a working holiday visa and be on my way, but unfortunately I’m 32 so am over the age limit. So back to my question: Even if in say two years time when I have some development experience, would it possible to work in web development in Japan by way of some other visa type? (Would Marketing fall under the Specialist in Humanities visa?). Would it be possible to work in say a creative agency as a developer? (There would be a bit of a link between a marketing degree and type of business environment a creative agency operates in…)
Realistically I know the chances are pretty low, but would be good to know if it is something that would be at all possible or is there zero chance of working in Japan as a developer unless you have an engineering degree (or 10+ years experience?)
Would be great to hear any thoughts/advice.