BA (Literature and Japanese)
Role Languages Associate
Based at Coogee, Sydney and recently in Tokyo, Japan
Originally high school student then filing clerk at a law firm to finance an overseas trip (Hong Kong, London, Paris Marseilles, Edinburgh and did we mention Hadrian’s Wall?), scholarship for final BA semester at Hijiyama University (Hiroshima, Japan) and then teaching English for a term in Costa Rica.
Lately Completed certificate to be a teacher of English as a foreign language, and from July 2014 to July 2016, put it to good use in Kochi, Japan (as part of the Government of Japan’s JET Program) while upgrading his own Japanese and German language skills. Now with a scholarship to undertake a masters at Keio University, Tokyo.
Coffee yes, but what is there to eat?
Since he started hanging out with the team for work experience back in Year 10 of high school, Alan has shown himself to be a great team player, diligent and well directed, and a model of probity in protecting the confidentiality of our work.
While completing his degree studies, Alan developed his editing skills as part of his literature major and became the resident linguist for the team from his major in Japanese and self-taught skills in other languages such as German, Spanish and Icelandic.
Alan is now the “go to” guy in our office for all those jobs that don’t slot in to any other intray, managing it well from a distance by using all the web facilities he can find. And call him Mr Reliability – he hasn’t taken a sickie from work or school since 2003.
With a travel grant from the Australian Catholic University and a scholarship from the Japanese Government, in late 2011 Alan undertook a semester at Hijiyama University in Hiroshima, Japan. This allowed him to complete his major in Japanese while immersed in the culture and arts of Japan.
Returning from post-study travels, Alan successfully undertook a Cambridge University certificate in teaching English as a foreign language to build on his degree studies. Selected for the JET programme operated under the auspices of the Government of Japan, Alan was offered a one year placement with Kochi Prefecture on the east coast of the island of Shikoku, from July 2014. A successful year led to the offer of another year on this contract, now also completed with a further invitation to continue – but Alan had other plans.
After a six month break spent working and studying in Germany to crank up his German language skills, Alan was awarded a Japanese government scholarship to return to Japan to undertake a Masters program at the School of Media and Governance, Keio University in Tokyo.