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Looking for Work in Japan

Further education
Further education
Further education

After finishing your Japanese language studies, we are sure that there are those who are interested in working as well.
At our school, for our long-term Japanese language students, we offer a post-graduation, job-hunting support program.
As the job-hunting system in Japan is unique, it is important that you prepare for that while you are still in school.
The reason for this is that, for you to get a working visa, it usually takes a month, and up to 3 months, and within that time, you cannot start work.
Also, for those seeking a working visa, it necessary to have a bachelor’s degree from your home country, or a degree above a vocational/associate’s degree in Japan.
For those who only have a high school diploma, please take note that would be necessary for you to continue your studies first.
We will try to offer support as much as possible so please do not hesitate to approach us.

Foreigners who are looking for Work in Japan

Foreigners who can/cannot work in Japan | Tokyo Foreigner Employment Service Center

Interviews with our students who have Graduated

採訪九段畢業 宗祐(台湾)


Interview with Kudan graduate.【Jordan(USA)】

Hello, everyone! My name is Jordan. I am from Seattle, WA, USA. I currently live in Tokyo, Japan.

Interview with Kudan graduate. Entrevista com Kudan graduado. Kenji (Brasil)

Kenji (Brasil) 自己紹介 Self-introduction Auto introdução 私の名前はケンジと申します。30歳、ブラジル、サンパウロ出身です。 私はブラジルのマッケンジー長老派大学のロースクールを卒業し、法律事務所で数年間働いた後、27歳で日本に来て九段で日本語を勉強しました。

Interview with Kudan graduate. 採訪九段畢業 Rui (China)


Interview with Kudan graduate. 採訪九段畢業 Joyce (Taiwan)

我在把50音背熟跟學完N5文法後就直接來讀語言學校了。 當時被安排到N4的初階班,在上完1年半的九段後考到N1並以高階班學生身分畢業。 我是在畢業半年前開始找工作,那時只有N2的證書但順利拿到4家公司的內定並於畢業後入社

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Job-Hunting Support Q&A

What do you need first to start working in Japan?
Japanese companies mostly focus on the following skills:  
1. Japanese language skills 2. Communication Skills 3. Energy (Vitality)  
The first thing to do is to obtain the necessary Japanese language skills to use in business settings!
What do you need first to start working in Japan?
For those without any working experience, you usually start working at a company in April.
For big companies, it takes three to six months, and for small companies around three weeks to one month.
Are there going to be exams and interviews?
Often there are entry sheets to fill out, written exams, and interviews to do. This might be difficult for foreign students to do by themselves.  
We can also advise you on how to write and the important keypoints to know regarding this.
For complete beginners of the Japanese language, is it possible to get job-hunting support?
Everything will be conducted in Japanese, so at least a daily conversation level is necessary.
Also, most companies require at least an N2, or more often an N1 JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test). For most companies, you will be required to speak in Japanese, so please study hard to achieve the required level!
I want to look for a job in Japan, but I don't know what career path to choose.
It's okay. Your future is very important. First let's start with getting a lot of information.
I'm not a student of Kudan. Is it possible to get job-hunting support?
As this is a specially-offered support for Kudan students, we cannot offer support for those who are not enrolled.

From the staff

There are many chances to get a job in Japan, but first, let's improve our Japanese language skills!