Careers After Graduation

Messages from Graduates

Please tell us about your employer and what you do at work.

I am currently working in an IT company that deals with medical software and systems.

Please tell us about your current life style.

I'm working five days a week from 9:30 to 18:00 mostly, and have my weekends off.

On my off-days, I would meet up with musicians and people who might be able to collaborate with my concert and music production efforts. On some days, we would be making music together, or we would be at some concert where I am involved in production.

Is what you studied at Shobi University helping you with what you do at work today?

I had to take courses that had absolutely nothing to do with music, so as to fulfill my credits requirements.

The courses that teaches psychology, politics, and marketing prepared me for society and work-life greatly.

Such basic knowledge turns out to be quite useful during conversations with people at work, be it the co-workers or our clients.

How did you pass your time for four years at the University?

I mostly had lunch with my friends at the lounge or cafeteria. It was easy for us to find each other during lunchtime without having to contact each other beforehand, because there are only a few places we can have lunch, and it's also easy to meet new friends around those areas.

I never had to skip a minute of class for my part-time job, mostly thanks to the scholarship assistance provided by the university. I had plenty of time to work part-time outside school hours, sometimes being early mornings, or from the evening on weekdays, and both days on the weekend.

Since foreign students can only legally work up to 28 hours per week, I had quite a lot of free time to go to concerts, and even produce my own music events, and still have time to hang out with my friends around Tokyo.

What did you do to seek employment?

I looked for companies that are actively hiring foreigners. These companies usually writes specifically in their introduction profiles that they are hiring foreigners eagerly. Then, from among these companies, I selectively applied for those which have businesses in my home country (Singapore), or region (South-east Asia). These companies are not looking for people who can speak multiple languages, these companies are looking to hire people who are familiar with the geography and culture of the areas that host their offices overseas. Finally, I would apply for companies which are involved in fields I am interested in.

What is the secret to being accepted for employment?

Firstly, I never gave up, although I failed several tests and interviews.

Secondly, I talked to friends, and the staff at the Internal Exchange Center about anything and everything when I felt stressed.

Lastly, I made sure I balanced out my time for part-time work, shuukatsu, and school, by organizing my schedule efficiently.

What is your memory of your life as a university student?

There is the Shobi Festival held every year, interesting events and food, and not mentioning the fireworks display at the finale. Other than that, I really enjoyed the mini concerts the music students would perform during lunchtime at the cafeteria.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I hope I can really put what I studied at Shobi to good use, especially my music skills, from now on.

I am relieved to say that I have acquired enough knowledge to be independent at music and concert productions.

Please give a word or two to junior students

Living in a foreign country is never easy, but it's also full of fun, and great (or weird) experiences that will enrich us for life. Learning to be independent means we're alone most of the time, but being alone means we would treasure every friend we meet along the way. And these friends usually treasure yourself the same way. I met the truest of friends at Shobi, and they're still my best friends even though we're in different countries now.

Please tell us about your employer and what you do at work.

I do sales in the Sales Engineering Group at Excel Inc. What I do at work is sales of maintenance aspect of sales that is conducted when a new coating facility is designed and installed, as well as after installation.

What we do here can be described as:

  1. Proposing more efficient facilities to customers;
  2. Proposing customer modification of existing facilities to improve efficiency;
  3. Conducting advance surveys and maintenance work to prevent facility accidents and proposing to customers aspects of maintenance that should be implemented.

Please tell us about your current life style.

I feel that the work is a bit too busy at the moment, but I am enjoying a fulfilling life each day.

I got together with my wife from Vietnam and entered an international marriage three years ago, and our child is now one and a half years old. We are a lot more compatible with each other than expected. We lead a peaceful life every day. (Laughing)

Is what you studied at Shobi University helping you with what you do at work today?

It is not usual to start talking about work with your customer from the very start when you meet a customer on sales calls. In most instances, we start our conversations with different kinds of chitchat. When I managed to click with my customers, I knew that what I gained at the University helped. I recommend junior students that they should engage in a broad study while at the University, even if they cannot manage to study all the details of all the courses they take.

How did you pass your time for four years at the University?

I had an ordinary life at the University and did a variety of part-time work.

I have so many memories of having fun with friends I made at the University and also being at my part-time jobs during my days off.

What did you do to seek employment?

I had the feeling that because I had done so many things on a part-time basis while at the University, I would be able to utilize my experiences and find employment quite quickly, and so I was not very pro-active about my employment activities.

I was quite stressed out when I could not find employment right after graduation. (Crying)

What is the secret to being accepted for employment?

I think it would be better to consult instructors at the University early and gain a lot of information.

What is your memory of your life as a university student?

All my memories are about fulfilling, happy times. I did not study that seriously.

If I had a chance to go back to the University, I would certainly take it seriously. (Laughing)

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am currently applying for naturalization.

I work hard each and every day to make sure that we can live in Japan as a family without any inconvenience.

Please give a word or two to junior students

Please do not waste the opportunity you have to study at the University, and study properly.

As I was born and raised in Shanghai, China, through high school, I thought about returning home for work, because I wanted to work for my people back home. I was very apprehensive about the fact that how I went about seeking employment differed from what my friends who were in and around Shanghai did. I made pro-active efforts in looking for work, through searches on local employment sites there, as well as by participating in an internship opportunity in Shanghai.

Such activities did not result in successful employment, and there were instances where I could not get through the screening process. I felt let down a number of times, but each time that happened, my friends around me, as well as my predecessors and my parents, all lent me their ears. There were occasions where it was difficult for me to talk with my friends about the situation I was in, so I went over to the Student Career Center, where they listened to me and motivated me to go on.

So what I did to get employment was jot down all the interactions that occurred each time I went through an interview, so that I could re-examine aspects of the interview that I felt did not go sufficiently well or questions I could not respond to well. I utilized the multiple perspectives and problem-solving ability I gained at the University to gradually improve my interviews. I feel that the accumulation of such efforts eventually led me to success in finding employment.

I believe there is this lonely image about looking for employment, faced with so much competition. Talking with friends makes it possible to give each other pointers on things that one might not realize on one’s own and provide an opportunity to exchange information. I used to remain constantly in touch with friends I made at company introductions and internships, so that we could encourage and motivate each other. Knowing you have friends makes it possible to brush things off and keep on going even when you are faced with hard times.

Gaining employment is not the goal, but that is only the beginning. I hope you participate in company introductions provided by the businesses of various industries, seek out what interests you, and then properly discern the future prospects of the occupation you have selected. Find a company in an industry you would like to work in for dozens of years to come.

In closing, I would like to wish Shobi University greater progress and prosperity for the future from bottom of my heart.