Teacher and translator
If you want to work in Japan, it’s smart to take some business-oriented subjects in addition to Japanese language; that’s the recommendation from Yngve Johan Larsen, who is teaching Norwegian at the Tokai University in Japan.
Yngve Johan Larsen
- Describe the most important tasks you have in your job today
- I teach Norwegian language and literature at the Tokai University outside Tokyo. In addition, I translate fiction from Japanese into Norwegian, and everything else from Japanese and English into Norwegian.
- What do you like most about your job?
- That I have a relatively high degree of freedom to choose my own working hours, and that I work with teaching and translation in approximately equal amounts. I cherish variety.
- How is the education from The Faculty of Humanities relevant in this job?
- Without my degree from the Faculty of Humanities I would be unable to translate from Japanese, and I would not have been eligible for a job at the university.
- Your best tip for new students who are thinking about job opportunities after graduation?
- For students of Japanese who wish to work and live in Japan, I recommend that they take a couple of business-related subjects as well as the language. There are only very few jobs in Japan where Norwegian is a requirement, and in business you must compete with job applicants from all over the world.