When you starts job-seeking? And what did you do for job-seeking?
A. I starts job-seeking activities when I am a year-3-student (final-year). For my school, we have regular job-seminar from different companies every month. Besides that, there are two big job-seeking events every year, and school will invite lots of companies to have seminar or booths. Then most of final-year students will prepare their portfolio and resume for interviews. Actually. There are lots of these kinds of job-seeking events outside school, and is for everyone to join. Also, some companies do recruiting through their website, and if people are interested, they can just apply for it directly. Finally, I applied for around 10 different companies, and 5 I get the interview chance. In addition to that, my school organize year-exhibition for students to display their artwork, and invite companies to join the event. Some students get their internship chance there.
What kinds of difficulties you have during the job-hunting?
For Japanese culture, candidates are expected to prepare their resume by hand-writing. So, a beautiful hand-writing do show a good image to the company first. Then, the content of the resume is not easy to write for foreigners like me. However, for me, one of the difficulties that I have is age problem and this is really can’t help. It is because I am not as young as those 20-genertation already, and some companies do prefer youngsters. Moreover, I am not good at those Honorific (keigo) Japanese terms, but it is better to use it during the interviews.
I started to work as part-time since summer last year. Then, the company president knew I am going to graduate in 2017, and were searching for jobs around November last year. So, we started to talk about to work as full-time after my graduation. Finally, everything seems happened to be by chance, and now I will be working as full-time staff from April 2017.
What do you want say to foreigners who are planning to work in Japan?
Please study the good and right Japanese in Japanese school, but not by yourself if you are really planning to work in Japan. At the first beginning, I learned Japanese by watching TV dramas or movies, and my speaking and listening ability is really good enough for daily lives. However, finally I realized that the Japanese for work or using in company is another issue. So, I started to learn ‘beautiful’ Japanese when I entered Kudan, but it was already too late, and difficult to change most of those slangs or accent that I learned by myself.
I have many friends study in different language schools, and within that, no schools provide such great amount of activities for students like Kudan. By joining these activities, students can learn Japanese and at the same time know more about Japanese cultures. Also, students are able to know some Japanese friends through these activities, and this is also kinds of culture exchange. Whenever my friends ask me about Japanese language school, I always recommend Kudan. The teachers and staff are every nice here and they really try to help students whatever we ask for support. I have a friend is studying now, and probably one of another friend will come next year.