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
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.
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
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.