Career Support in Japan
In today’s global economy, Japanese companies are starting to actively hire international students. Subsequently, high-level business and communication skills are now being sought after. As an international student, you should make a careful selection and be critically aware of the skill sets that are in demand by Japanese companies.
- It is important to collect information from various sources and media. The Career Support Division and Employment Services for Foreigners are a good place to start.
- Be able to clearly state your reasons for working in Japan to prospective companies.
- Be able to clearly convey your passion for wanting to work in Japan during an interview.
Job Market for International Students
In the midst of business globalization, the Japanese government is actively promoting the hiring of internationals in professional and technology-based fields, for the purpose of stimulating the economy and with an aim to further their country as a main player on the international stage. According to the statistics from the Immigration Bureau in 2013, 11,647 international students were granted a visa to work with Japanese companies.
Looking at the breakdown of the types of employees, 2,634 students were hired in the manufacturing sector, comprising 22.6% of the total, and 9,013 found work with the non-manufacturing sector with 77.4 % of the share. Many graduates from Asia University end up in the non-manufacturing sector. Upon further analysis, 23.4% of the graduates were hired in the fields of commerce and trade, while 9.1% of students went to work in the fields related to the education sector.
If we look at the ranking of the number of students by job description, 2,773 students were working as interpreters or as translators (23.8%), then came sales (2,743 students, 23.6%), information processing (949 students, 8.1%), and education (854 students, 7.3%), showing a clear scope for jobs that do not necessarily have a focus on linguistic capabilities.
As a result of Japan’s increasing preparedness to operate in the global environment, as well as the movement by formerly inward-looking Japanese companies to expand their overseas operations, there are an increasing number of companies who wish to utilize international students as a bridge between local companies and the student’s country of origin. However, due to the recent economic down turn, there has been a slowing across the board in the number of new employees being hired, whether an international student or not. Therefore, it is more crucial than ever to plan ahead and be prepared for any situation.
Job Market for International Students of Asia University
Looking at the international students of Asia University, there are quite a few or our graduates who end up working for Japanese companies. Many of these former students are now playing an active role in Japanese business.
Similar to the cases seen above (regarding the total number international students studying in Japan), the majority of graduates from Asia University end up working as interpreters or translators. There are also many instances where they work in the administrative section of trade offices that call for their linguistic capabilities, or in the sales department of local subsidiaries.
Due to the number of Asia University students that have been hired in the past, there are companies that contact the Career Support Division directly, as they have high expectations for our international students. Your best priority would be to head to the Career Support Division if you are thinking about working for a Japanese company.
Main Career Options
"Shanghai Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Ltd."／transcosmos inc.／Foster Electric Company, Limited／Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd／USEN Corporation／INES Corporation ／Seven-Eleven Japan Co.,Ltd.／TACHI-S CO., LTD.／TANITA Corporation／VANTEC CORPORATION／YAMAHISA CO.,LTD ／KEIO PLAZA HOTEL CO.,LTD.／TOKYU DEPARTMENT STORE CO.,LTD. ／Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited／MATSUDA SANGYO CO.,LTD. ／Futaba Corporation／Sichuan Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.／China Merchants Bank ／The State Taxation Bureau of Shaanxi Province, China／McDonald’s Japan／Hitachi Capital Corporation／Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.／Renesas Electronics Corporation ／Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd. ／Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC
Asia University Graduate School ／Hitotsubashi University Graduate School ／Keio University Graduate School ／Waseda University Graduate School ／Osaka University Graduate School ／Chuo University Graduate School ／Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Graduate School ／Tokyo University Graduate School ／Tohoku University Graduate School ／Doshisha University Graduate School ／Nihon University Graduate School ／Meiji University Graduate School ／Ritsumeikan University Graduate School
Skills Sought in International Students
The recruitment standards that Japanese companies employ for international students are not only dependent on their required level of Japanese proficiency, but (similar to new Japanese recruits), they look for a strong character and a useful area of specialization as well.
Especially with regard to a student’s Japanese skills, employers will look at mastery over appropriate expressions, specifically an individual’s ability to switch tone depending who they are addressing, their presentation skills during meetings, and also their non face-to-face communication skills as observed in phone calls and emails. Furthermore, with a similar standard to that adopted for new Japanese recruits, companies seek individuals who possess information-gathering skills, reading comprehension, logical sentence structuring, the computer skills necessary for the creation of project proposals as well as reports, and general communication skills necessary to conduct business.
Employers additionally look for the spirit of cooperation that is necessary when working as a team player in an organization, and the ability to adapt to the Japanese corporate culture and business habits. For instance, students will be judged on their understanding of the art of Japanese business manners in relation to reporting/informing/consulting their superiors, and the hierarchy system within the company. Moreover, they will be evaluated on their sensibility and understanding of how the Japanese proceed with work.
It will be crucial to acquire these skills during your student days from work experience in part-time jobs and internships.
Looking at individual occupations, administrative jobs require a high level of linguistic skills (in addition to Japanese), as well as specialized certifications, while technical jobs require logic and different specializations. If you acquire certifications in certain specialized fields while you are in school, it will boost your level of desirability for many companies. The first step is to understand the type of specializations and skills that are necessary for the type of job you are interested in pursuing.