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Mr. Anand Nambiar (2nd year as a member of the society)

He told us the appeals of working for small and medium-sized companies in Hiroshima.

【Graduated from a university in Hiroshima ⇒ got a job at a company in Hiroshima】

Home country
India
Work location
Fukuyama City, Hiroshima
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What did you think about Japanese companies and the way of working before you obtained employment? And how do you feel now, after you have actually started working?
Before obtaining employment, I had the image that you would have to work all the time with barely any time off work, and that you wouldn’t have much to do with other employees.
But I actually often go out with my colleagues who are very helpful and friendly, and they help me all the time during both work and off-work.
My colleagues understand that there are still things that I don’t understand or not used to, since I’m not Japanese and they kindly explain everything to me in an easy-to-understand way.
Can you tell us specifically what is good and what is difficult working in a Japanese company?
The good point about working in a Japanese company is that you can acquire a high level of technology together with Japanese culture and manners.
At the mid-sized company that I work for, I am able to learn manufacturing technology of the highest level and because I’m given the chance to do all kinds of work, I get to learn a lot.
On the other hand, the things I find difficult are short holidays, being away from my family, and my salary which is a little lower than that of large companies.
What are the similarities and the differences when you compare Japanese companies with those in your country?
In both Japanese and Indian companies you respect your seniors and clearly separate the work to be done by individuals from those to be done by a team.
As for differences, in Japan you’re punctual and you don’t waste time. And you get promoted as a result of various factors such as experience and age. But in India, you can adjust rules to a certain extent and there are cases where you already know at the time you enter a company how much you need to work to get promoted.
Do you have any advices for international students who are job hunting in Hiroshima, such as preparations they have to make?
You should always have the desire to learn more and deepen your specialized knowledge and be confident about yourself and do your best. Then the company will choose you.
I recommend you to develop your abilities and to learn a lot of things in a small-to-medium-sized company, rather than becoming just an employee out of thousands of others in a large-scale company. It’s important to remain steadfast about who you are in a company.
And if you ask me, life in a suburban city is cozy and easy-going. And there aren’t significant differences in facilities compared to large cities. If you learn about the Japanese culture and follow rules, you’ll find life more enjoyable.

Mr. Duong Quoc Khanh (2nd year as a member of the society)

He told us the differences between job hunting in Japan and in Vietnam and also of the appeal of working in Hiroshima.

【Graduated from a university outside of Hiroshima ⇒ got a job at a company in Hiroshima】

Home country
Vietnam
Work location
Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
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hat kind of company do you work for?
I work in the architectural design department at a construction company. My colleagues empathically lend their ears when I come out and say my opinions or ask about things that I don’t understand.
I think that such openness of the company helped me get used to my work and understand things much faster than I had imagined.
Was it difficult to get employed?
At times when it is difficult for even Japanese students to find employment, it is even more difficult for foreign students.
There were 2 challenges that I had to overcome – Japanese and Japanese culture.
What are the differences in job hunting in Japan compared to Vietnam?
The biggest difference is that there is no notion of “job hunting” among young people in Vietnam and I don’t think they do things like “corporate analysis” or “self-analysis” as you would in Japan.
Please tell us 5 things you are satisfied with, working in Japan.
  • It’s safe.
  • The pay is stable.
  • You can learn a lot through various work even if you are a newly-hired employee.
  • You can really feel the pride and seriousness of the Japanese towards work.
  • You can acquire a sense of responsibility as a member of the society and find your job rewarding.
Can you tell us the advantages of working in Hiroshima?
I think there are 3 advantages in working in Hiroshima.
  1. It is not way out in the country or too urbanized and is a good place to live with good access to transportation.
  2. You can easily enjoy leisure activities on holidays with lots of nature such as the sea and mountains nearby, plus there are 2 world heritage sites in the prefecture.
  3. There is little damage from natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.
A piece of advice for Vietnamese or students from other countries, please.
You should find answers for questions like “Why you want to find employment in Japan” and “What kind of person you want to be in the future.”
If you have a specific goal, however difficult things become, I’m sure you’ll be able to overcome difficulties and advance towards your goal.

Ms. Quan Xiaotong (Senior student)

We asked a foreign student currently studying at a university in Hiroshima about her job hunting.

【Studying at a university in Hiroshima ⇒ has received an informal job offer from a company in Hiroshima】

Home country
China
Work location
Hiroshima Prefecture (scheduled)
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Did you have any problems in job hunting?
Schedule management and budgeting. So much money goes out with travel costs and accommodation fees.
How mentally prepared should you be before starting job hunting?
You should be mentally prepared to be rejected by the first 20 companies and shouldn’t feel discouraged because everybody else is more or less the same.
Why did you wish to find employment in Japan?
Because I’m used to the Japanese way of life and because I wanted to have the passion for working like Japanese people.
Why did you decide on the company you are to work for?/dt>
Because I felt that the corporate culture and the description of the job was right for me.
What did you think experiencing job hunting?
I’m glad that I did my best!
Can you please give some advice to international students who are considering finding employment?
You should acquire a skill which will become your advantage besides language proficiency.

※The interviews were conducted in August 2013.