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    • 27 Sep 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Occidental Hotel, 43 York St, Sydney (Level 2)
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    JET Careers Networking Night with JETAA NSW and AJS NSW

    Are you interested to work and live in Japan? Want to know about what it's like going on the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme? Curious about what career opportunities the JET Programme can lead to? 

    AJS NSW have collaborated with JETAA NSW to present you... JET Careers Networking Night!

    This is a casual event where you can hear all about the JET Programme, one of the largest international exchange programs. Featuring panelists with diverse backgrounds and stories, come along to hear about what it's like going on the JET Programme, living and working in Japan, and how it has contributed to their incredible career journeys. There will be an opportunity to mingle and chat with people who have all sorts of Japan-related career experiences during the event as well!

    When: Wednesday 27 September 2023, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

    Where: The Occidental Hotel - Function Room - Level 2 - 43 York Street, Sydney.

    Who: for anyone who is considering options to work and live in Japan, interested or is considering applying for the JET Programme, or wants to find out how to build a career related to Japan.

    Cost: Free. Snacks are provided. 

    Registration: visit HERE and click 'Join Waitlist'. Please disregard the 'Spaces left' being "0" and don't be disheartened by this number! The Waitlist is the mechanism for us to screen through the registrations to ensure we have a mix of the right audience for this event.

    Only 30 spots are available for this event. Registration is necessary. Half of the spots will be prioritised for AJS NSW members so please join here if you'd like to become a member.

    Note: only over 18s are permitted for this event (as per Responsible Service of Alcohol rules).

    We will send a confirmation email if you are accepted to attend this event. Please wait until you receive the confirmation email before showing up!

    Guest Speakers

    Tin-Lok Shea

    Special Counsel

    H&H Lawyers

    JET Programme Position: CIR

    JET Location: Toyama Prefecture

    I lived in Japan during my early years before moving to Australia, and have kept a strong interest in Japan ever since. As a graduate, I worked at KPMG which offered its employees 1 year leave of absence. I took this opportunity to apply to the JET Programme and worked as a Coordinator for International Relations at Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture – absolute ‘inaka’ (countryside) which I grew to love. After coming back to Sydney, I moved over to Deloitte where I continued to be closely involved in providing services to Japanese corporate clients. I then moved to H & H Lawyers, a law firm with particular focus on assisting businesses from the APAC region, where I work closely with many Japanese organisations including government, multinational corporates and local SMEs. 

    Ben Trumbull

    Program Coordinator

    Japan Foundation

    JET Programme Position: CIR

    JET Location: Kochi Prefecture

    I had an interest in Japan from a young age which sparked my motivation to learn Japanese and use it in my career. I studied Japanese throughout school and university before embarking on a 2 year stint on the JET Program as a Coordinator for International Relations in Konan City, Kochi Prefecture. My time on JET really built up my language skills and confirmed my love for Japan. On returning from JET I worked in accountancy and tax before being drawn back to Japan-focused roles at The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Sydney office and the Japan desk of Air France/KLM. I am a former committee member and president of JETAA NSW. I am currenting working as a Program Coordinator at The Japan Foundation, Sydney in the Language Department promoting and supporting the study of Japanese language in Australia.

    Eden Law

    Content Designer

    NSW Department of Education

    JET Programme Position: ALT

    JET Location: Fukushima Prefecture

    Eden is no stranger to career changes as a digital professional. He has been a front-end developer, analyst, user experience and now works in content design in NSW state government. He is active in the JET alumni community, serving on the JETAA NSW and the JETAA International committees. He is passionate believer in the benefits of community and networking, having been part of career support events such as CLAIR's After JET conference. He also produces the After JET podcast, featuring stories and careers of ex-JETs around the world. Apart from JETAA, he also helps run a content design and strategy community of practice as a member of the Australian Government Digital Profession.

    • 15 Oct 2023
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Online by Zoom

    A Conversation with Alison Watts, translator of

    What You Are Looking For Is In The Library

    Alison's translation of Michiko Aoyama's What You are Looking for is in the Library (お探し物は図書室まで) (Doubleday UK/ HarperCollins USA) has just been released to wide acclaim, scoring a coveted review in The New York Times.

    Alison is a long-term resident of Japan with a successful record in translating contemporary Japanese literature. Her past translations include Sweet Bean Paste (あん) a long-selling bestseller by Durian Sukegawa  (助川ドリアン), and Spark (火花), the publishing phenomenon by Naoki Matayoshi.

    In this interview we will be asking Alison about her latest book translation, and leave plenty of time for audience questions as well.


    Alison Watts was born in Millicent, South Australia and has degrees from the University of Adelaide and Sheffield University. She has been a full-time freelance literary translator since 2016. Her novel translations include Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa, Spark by Naoki Matayoshi, novels by Riku Onda, and The Boy and the Dog by Shusei Hase.

    Alison was awarded the Cornell University Kyoko Selden Memorial Prize for Translation in 2021 for an excerpt from Durian Sukegawa’s travel memoir A Dosimeter on The Narrow Road to Oku. She also translates sashiko books for Tuttle Publishing. Read more about her literary translation activities here.

    We look forward to welcoming Alison for what promises to be a fascinating conversation.

    How to sign up

    Sign up at the registration page. Your registration will be confirmed and the day before the event a Zoom link will be sent out to registered participants.

    The event is suitable for all ages and it is free to attend.

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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