We love hearing all the exciting things our graduates have been up to – here Alfie Lisles, BA (Hons) History graduate of the Class of 2022, tells us how he is finding his time in Japan on the Japan Education and Teaching programme (JET).
"Between 2019-2022, I studied History at the University of Plymouth. During the final year of my degree I applied be an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. My degree from Plymouth along with the support from my lecturers helped me to be accepted onto the programme and I have been living and teaching in Japan for the last few months.
I was placed in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku Island, and I teach in two elementary schools and one junior high school. The job is very interesting and super rewarding, plus the opportunity to live in Japan and explore the country has been fantastic.
My degree helped give me the skills I needed to be able to have this amazing opportunity.
I received lots of support from the lecturers during my time at Plymouth, who were always on hand to answer questions, give advice or go over feedback on an assignment. The wide variety of modules that were available to me at Plymouth made sure that I was always interested and engaged in my studies and was a large reason in why I chose to earn my History degree at the University of Plymouth. I especially enjoyed the Japanese history modules I took in my second and third years, which were fascinating. They helped inspire me to apply for the JET programme.
My time studying at the University of Plymouth gave me the ability to go out and explore the world."