1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Researchers,
Dale Carnegie seminar entitled “Step-up to Leadership” which was held on June 14 was attended by 36 people and they were all satisfied with what they have captured. The survey report indicated that the “Innerview” workshop was one of the most eye-opening sessions that they have enjoyed. The first step to understand your team members and gain confidence to motivate others is to be a good listener who encourages others to talk about themselves. Six keys to become a good listener begins with letters L.A.D.D.E.R. which means;
Look at the other person
Don’t change the subject
Express emotion with control
Keeping the LADDER in your mind, you would start asking questions attentively and empathetically first with Factual Questions such as where did you grow up, then move into Causative Questions which begins with “why”, “what caused…” or “how did you…”. When you feel confident that the “rapport” (mutual trust) is established with the person, you may start to ask the “value-based questions” which would let the other person think deeper to recall the person’s value system. Examples of value-based questions are:
Tell me about a person that had a major impact on your life.
If you had it to do over again, what, if anything, would you do differently?
As you look back over your life, tell me about a turning point.
This method is effective and useful to deeply understand other person’s inner-view so I use often when conducting the one-to-one career counseling. Likewise, asking these “value-based questions” alone to yourself be a good practice for your self-assessment. The self-branding seminar (see section 3 below) which is scheduled on July 7 will provide you with ideas for naming and effectively communicating your inner-view as a brand of yourself in your resume, responses to your job interviews or self-introduction part of your presentations.
2. Short-Cut Akai Ito Kai (SCAIK) – Private Contact with Companies
Akai Ito Kai (Gathering for “Red String of Fate”) is a match-making event organized by S-cubic, a sister organization of I-HoP which is supporting career development of DC and PD researchers who are fluent in Japanese. The event is held three times a year, twice in Sapporo and once in Tokyo. Each event is attended by 15+ companies who are interested in hiring PhDs from Hokkaido University. Around 40 DC and PD researchers will spend a whole day by attending the following events all in Japanese:
10 minutes introduction from each company
Poster session (each researchers promote themselves using specially prepared poster of their research objectives and personality)
Corporate booth session (each researchers will visit 5 different companies’ booth)
Dinner party (to mingle with corporate people)
I-HoP is providing opportunities for the international researchers (DC and PD) who do not have Japanese proficiency enough to personally attend this event to make contact with these participating companies by submitting documents (SCAIK report and resume) in English. In case of Sapporo events (in September and December), a face-to-face meeting in English/Japanese may be arranged during lunch break if the company is interested in your documents. Here is the steps for Shot-Cut Akai Ito Kai:
1.Study the business of the companies coming to the next Akai Ito Kai by checking their homepage information, etc.
2.If you want to challenge to SCAIK, contact I-HoP (email@example.com) for appointment of career counseling (in English or in Japanese) by two months before the event (by July 28, this time).
3.Instruction will be given during the counseling how to prepare resume and SCAIK report (explaining why you are valuable for the target company).
4.Prepare and submit your documents to I-HoP (brush-up by email may be given).
5.I-HoP will submit your documents to the target company by email for their review (by two weeks before the event which is September 14 this time).
6.I-HoP will inform you one week before the event if a meeting in person be arranged during the lunch break.
List of the companies coming to the Akai Ito Kai on September 28 is as follows:
Asahi Kasei Corporation, Kao Corporation, Kaneka Corpporation, KUREHA CORPORATION, Kobe Steel, Ltd. (KOBELCO), Shiseido Company, Shimadzu Corporation, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., IBM, Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT), NEC Corporation, Panasonic Healthcare Holdings Co., Ltd., Yahoo Japan Corporation, Ricoh Company Ltd.
3. Upcoming I-HoP Seminars and Events
Registrations for the first three seminars/events are already open and seats are available.
July 7: 1500-1900 Transferable Skills Seminar - Self Branding
Want to be prepared for your first job interview? Not sure how to describe yourself in your resume? Branding is not only for the company or organization. Knowing the brand of yourself and learning how to maintain and improve it is crucially important for your career life. Like all the other brands, it takes time, efforts and endurance to establish your brand, and it is very fragile and easily damaged if you do not know the basics of keeping it intact. Come and join this seminar to find yourself.
July 19: 1200-1300 PhD Lunch Talk No.2 (Fabio Alves, Warehouse Manager, Costco)
Running a retail store may be the farthest thing that PhD can imagine. When it comes to a gigantic store with branches all over the world, science and math takes much bigger role in product development, logistics (purchase, transport, storage, etc.), customer interface and after-sales support. Find out how the products are reached out to the consumer and think if you can learn from it for the benefit of your own research. You will never know if the mechanism of product delivery would have any similarity to the drug delivery system for a tumor.
July 27-28: 1400-1800 (for 2 days) Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Franklin Covey Japan）
August 10: 1600-1800 Transferable Skills Seminar – IPR (Intellectual Property Right Management by Panasonic IP Management)
September 8: (TBD) Transferable Skills Seminar - PhD Career in Japan (Active Connector, Euraxess, etc.)
4. Call for participants to JSST (Japanese Standard Speaking Test by Phone) starts on July 26
Please look for the email from Hi-System for details.
5. Career Plan Survey – we want to hear your voice (survey ends on 7/31)
We appreciate it so much if you could spare 3 minutes of your time for Career Plan Survey.
6. Seminar, Job Fair and Internship Programs for international students by CAREER BANK
① Seminar for foreign students"Wanna work in Japan in future!"
Date:July,8 Sat 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
◆What kind of candidates do Japanese companies look for?
◆Successful examples of foreign students` employment
◆Job-hunting process in Japan
◆How to prepare for job-hunting
Venue: Career Bank Co., Ltd. （Sapporo City, Chuo-ku Kita 5-jo Nishi 5-chome, 7-banchi sapporo 55 bld., 5F）
②Job fair WORK in HOKKAIDO for international students and foreigners
Date:August,5 Sat 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
③ Internship programs for foreign students
Internship period: 1-2 weeks during August-July, February-March
Apply here →http://www.career-bank.jp/form/international/form2.html