Alumni Talk Session | Sharing the keys to building successful career in Japan
There are many distinguishing features that make Hitotsubashi ICS an outstanding school, and one of them is the generous student career support offered by ICS alumni. The Career Services Office periodically holds the Alumni Talk Session, which invites graduates working in Japan as highly trained professionals to talk to students wishing to pursue a career in Japan. As senpai, or seniors, visiting alumni share their own professional success stories and provide valuable advice.
On January 27, alumni, Martin Killmann, Anthony Blotsky (both Class of 2010) and Vivek Kovilakathu (Class of 2015) visited the campus to talk to students about careers and employment in Japan. They covered a broad range of issues from job hunting, the promotion system, general meeting proceedings, and effective team communication strategies to after-hours drinking sessions and lunchtime conversation topics. The talk session provided useful information for students seeking to build a career in Japan.
Non-Japanese people working in Japan face numerous difficulties, such as cultural and language barriers. For the three graduates who recently returned to campus, one of the keys to building a successful career here has been their willingness to respect cultural diversity and accept such differences in a professional and intellectual manner. At the same time, however, they retained their own identity by not fully assimilating into the role of a typical Japanese employee. Their ability to see things from different perspectives is no doubt part of their strengths as globally skilled professionals
The number of exchange students wishing to secure employment in Japan is increasing each year. Many international students studying at ICS are also looking to pursue a career in our country. In partnership with its faculty team and alumni, ICS will continue to actively provide services and opportunities aimed at developing globally competent students capable of adapting to the Japanese work environment while retaining their own distinctive identities. (Kazue Sasaki, Career Services Office)