I am currently a few months away from graduating from a B.S. of Software Engineering in Spain and l would hope to eventually find a job in Japan.
After reading blogs, posts and so on here and there I am considering diferent courses of action, but I would appreciate some feedback to help me decide which could be the best approach.
Considering I have no experience (besides internships) I am sure it’ll be rather unlikely to get a job offer while outside of Japan.
My main idea would be moving to Japan under a Working Holiday Visa and attempting to find a Job while in there (if you could recommend any recruitment agencies in Tokyo it’d be of great help)
But as far as I understand, from what I’ve read, and from the job offers I have been seeing lately, knowing Japanese would vastly increasing my options when looking for a job.
Right now I am self-studying, and I will sign up for JLPT later this year, but I will probably do so for N5 level, as I don’t think i’ll be able to reach N4 before december (JLPT test date). Either way I don’t believe N5 or N4 would be of much help, so I have been thinking of a couple of alternatives.
First would be to remain in Spain and self-study or look for Japanese classes while working here, though this is my less ideal plan.
And my second alternative would be to join a language school in Japan, such as Akamonkai or similar, and study Japanese for 1~2 years to get me to at least N2 before I start looking for jobs. In this case, I worry if it would be frowned upon by Japanese companies to spend that much time away from the IT industry after graduation.
Also, it might not be relevant, but i’ll be 29 at the time of graduation. Generally speaking, would it be a handicap when looking for a job in Japan?
Thank you for reading, any feedback is welcome!