Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Yumiko got a job – Return to the USA

The last major piece of the USA puzzle was the securing of gainful employment for Yumiko. After a decade and a half out of the American workforce, and while focusing on raising our daughter through her small years, Yumiko had fallen behind on many modern skills deemed necessary by most American employers. Skills such as an operational familiarity with the Microsoft productivity suite, American office protocol, communication styles and a general sense of USA office propriety, were some of the same basic challenges I too faced when I first returned eighteen months earlier. Knowledgeable of these deficiencies, Yumiko quickly began studying the new skills she’d need, while simultaneously searching for job openings and preparing and submitting a modern, up-to-date resume at every opportunity.

After a few disappointing false starts while searching on her own, Yumiko finally contacted a South Bay employment agency which specializes in helping Japanese expatriates to find jobs in LA which are a match for their unique bilingual qualifications. Within days, the agency had lined up two interviews for Yumiko and also provided valuable, personal coaching to help her understand how to best proceed through the interview process. Both interviews resulted in offers which left Yumiko in the happy position of choosing between two opportunities.

The job she finally selected is with a large Japanese multinational corporation with an LA office just minutes from our home. It’s an office position, working with Japanese business executives on assignment in the USA. The position includes a good salary, full benefits, paid vacation and a retirement program. I’m very proud of Yumiko for her hard working in preparing for this opportunity, and for the effort she made in seeking out an employment agency in the Los Angeles area which specializes in helping Japanese nationals living in the USA to find employment which is a good match for their skills, qualifications and interests.


My name is Kurt Bell and I am delighted that you have taken some time to share a little of the experience of life with me. I’m available on social media at the links below and can be reached via email at dinnerbytheriver@gmail.com.

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The Path of WildnessThe Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast’s track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don’t bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

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2 comments on “Yumiko got a job – Return to the USA

  1. Ilona
    September 20, 2015


  2. robertolddude
    September 21, 2015

    Yahoo! I look forward to more of your adventures!

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