Last few months everything was going wrong: bad decisions, bad pay, bad expectations, and bad living.
What at first I thought was a good undertaking, ended up consuming me from the inside, with less desire to work and just looking for reasons to fail.
It seemed like I was destined to fail, every time something good happened to me in life, I self-sabotaged myself. But there was a small flame that was still burning in me and that I refused to put out: going to Japan.
Those who know me just a little know that my fascination for this country is resounding. Its synergy between tradition and modernity, culture, its stories, and its landscapes. All because I saw Evangelion at the young age of 12, back in 2011, and I could never forget its dialogues, customs, and history.
At first, it was a sleeping dream, the typical concept of “I’d love to visit Japan.” But day by day that was growing, it was forming until I began to seriously investigate my possibilities of leaving.
However, these were almost nil: for scholarships, he must have had excellent grades; to go to work I had to be in the area of technology and robotics, and paying for a language course abroad was out of my budget for at least 100 years in the future.
I tried it anyway and just when I had given up on my dream and assumed ‘reality, a friend of those who is made on the path of discovery, tells me “check this application, it may interest you”.
It was a process of almost 3 months where I filled out forms, wrote essays, answered questions at 4 in the morning, had interviews on Skype, and spent nights awake wondering if I had done well.
The result: out of more than 1,000 applicants around the world, I, together with 29 other young people of different nationalities, will work together to try to save the world from the cradle of innovation.
Yes, I did it, after years of perseverance and dedication, I can finally tell you “I AM GOING TO JAPAN”.
The only thing I can add is that you never give up on what you most yearn to do in your life, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, that you are unfit, that it is a silly dream, or that it only happens in the movies. No, dreams are made to haunt you.
Please never abandon your dreams, it is the most beautiful thing we have as human beings. I tell you, it took me 8 years of my life to be able to say with complete certainty that: I made it, I finally made it, I’m going to Japan.
The scholarship to work in Japan
A friend who had tried various things to fulfill his dream of traveling to Japan and his persistence has helped him to be accepted into a fellowship (boarding school) in Japan with a company from that country.
This is the Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship Program, which is an internship with a work contract that includes professional and cultural training, accommodation, and daily meals, in addition to health insurance in Japan.
His salary will be ¥ 250,000 (US $2,200) per month, leaving him a monthly allowance of approximately ¥ 70,000 (US $620) for personal expenses. More importantly, he will be able to work in the country of his dreams.
I asked him about his experience and this is what he shared with me:
- Be graduated at the undergraduate or graduate level.
- Certified fluent English to TOEIC 800 level or equivalent (if not certified, proof of level in written interviews is essential)
- If possible, basic skills in Japanese, with basic knowledge of culture and protocol.
- Academic or personal achievements aligned with the objectives of the program (which vary from year to year and can be seen on its website).
- Positive, cooperative, innovative, flexible attitude, responsive to environmental change, and being able to work under pressure (these attitudes may sound cliché, but they are actually evaluated in interviews)
- Mental and physical strength (hopefully no significant condition or impediment)
- Understanding of the program and active participation.
- Application form
- Curriculum in English that indicates the level of English
- Essay of up to 400 words stating why you should be chosen.