So a little over a month ago, I promised to write a blog entry related to the process of applying for JET.. I sorta got distracted and haven’t done it, but I’m SUPER bored at work right now. (There really isn’t anything to do on a Saturday night..) So, I decided that I’ll take advantage of this time to write this entry.
(*Disclaimer: I applied through the Honolulu Consulate, and this strictly reflects only my experiences. It is possible that the process for those who applied through the consulate/embassy in America is similar, but by no means is it the same.)
I hope this helps those who are even remotely interested in applying for JET to get a rough idea of how the application process goes.
Timeline for JET Program 2014 Process:
October 6th (2013): JET Application goes online.*
November 26th: (First) application due date.**
December 3rd: (Revised) application due date.**
January 21st (2014): Application Results released.
February 21st: Interview at Honolulu Consulate
April 1st: Interview Results
April 25th: Deadline to accept/decline position
May 19: Placement information from Consulate
June 25: Email from Predecessor
*There were some issues with accessing the online application for some people. However, I didn’t experience such trouble, so I’m sticking with the Oct. 6 date.
**There was speculation as to why the deadline was pushed back a week, but some people said it was the application had issues while others said it was due to the government shutdown. Either way, the application deadline is usually at the end of November.
This post is still incomplete, and I am planning to add more dates to it, such as when I find my placement and what not. Just updated it (7/19), so it includes when I got my placement and heard from my predecessor. I’m also thinking of breaking down the whole process into multiple parts: Application, Interview, etc.
If anyone has questions or anything about the JET program or about the application process for CIRs, feel free to ask! I’ll try to answer the questions the best I can.