With the rapid progress in globalization among Japanese businesses, demand for the global human resources has been ever so growing over the years. More companies are eager to recruit international students as their future employees and more international students are willing to work in Japan after graduation.
When it comes to the Japanese job-hunting (Shu-katsu), international students are often expected to have at least the business level Japanese language proficiency (JLPT N2 or higher) and understanding of Japanese culture. To land on a job you want, it is crucial that you understand the processes and be well-prepared before starting your job-search.
Please refer to the followings for a brief job-hunting flow, career development support mechanisms available on-campus, and useful links for international students.
Following chart describes a brief flow of Japanese job-hunting:
Job-hunting in Japan usually starts one and a half years before graduation. It may be quite surprising for most of you. Even Japanese students face tough times. International students often struggle to gather information, prepare documents, and take paper exams, as they are often available in Japanese only.
Before you step into the world of Japanese job-hunting, take a moment to ask yourself, “Why do I want to work in Japan?” and “How do I want to build my career doing what job in what industry?”
Nagoya University provides a various career support mechanisms to its students. Keep yourself updated with services and resources available at following offices and centers. Join their events, workshops, and information sessions proactively.
The CSO provides a variety of career supports for students who would like to become global citizens and students in G30 International Programs. Corporate brochures and job-opening info are also available at the office.
Office: Rm. 107, IEEC Building (International Center)
Office Hours: Mon – Fri (Exc. National holidays) 10:00~16:00 (or by appointment)
Tel: 052-747-6768 Fax: 052-789-3517
Career development advisors and full-time counselors with specialized knowledge and experience in career counseling are available here. The center offers a various career seminars in collaboration with the Career Development Office and Career Services Office.
Office: B-Wing, Engineering Bldg. #7
Office Hours: Mon – Fri (Exc. National holidays) 10:00~17:00
http://gakuso.provost.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ (Available in Japanese only)
There are various career support programs and services organized by the Career Development Office throughout the year. Individual career counseling and mock interviews are also available. Although their Services are provided mainly in Japanese, we strongly encourage international students to visit the Career Development Office on regular basis. Check out career-related books and articles; browse job-openings and internship information at the office. Please visit their website for further details.
Office: B-Wing, Engineering Bldg. #7
Office Hours: Mon – Fri (Exc. National holidays) 10:00~17:15
http://syusyoku.jimu.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ (Available in Japanese only)
Business Capacity Development Center supports postdoctoral (Ph.D.) fellows and students in building their career paths. Please visit their website for further details.
Joining internship will be a great opportunity for international students to have a glimpse of what it is like to work for a Japanese company.
Nagoya University encourages international students to participate in “Internship Program for International Students” hosted by the Aichi Prefectural Government which takes place during Spring and Summer breaks. Please visit “Aichi Prefectural Government International Affairs” and “Nagoya Employment Service Center for Foreigners” websites introduced at the bottom.
The Career Support Office holds prep sessions, provides individual counseling, and follow-up sessions every year to ensure students to take full advantage of their internship experiences. Visit their website for further details.
Each Schools/Departments may own internship information as well. Check their bulletin boards once in a while. There may be posts regarding internship opportunities.
You may also obtain internship information through company websites and job information websites. Keep yourself updated with the latest information available to you.
International students are required to change their visa status from “College Student” to an applicable visa status in order to stay in Japan after graduation. Screening processes for change of the visa status of usually take 1 - 3 months. Check application procedures carefully to see which documents are necessary and prepare them promptly. Consult the Nagoya Immigration Bureau for further details.
You may apply to change your visa status from “College Student” to “Designated Activities (to continue on seeking employment)” to keep on job-hunting for a designated period after graduating Nagoya University. You will be asked to submit documents verifying your continued job-hunting activities. Do not delete or throw away emails and screening result documents from companies you have applied.
In order to work in Japan, international students are required to change their status of residence from “College Student” to an applicable work permitted visa. Some documents are to be prepared by employers. Visit Ministry of Justice Immigration Bureau website for further details.
Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice