1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
I hope all of those who were in Hokkaido on September 6 are safe and sound. The island-wide blackout caused by the gigantic earthquake left with significant consequences including but not limited to supply chain of daily needs and decline in number of tourists. A few of the websites in English language are listed below, which I have received from the Hokkaido Insider newsletter.
Safety Tips (Application: Multilanguage)
City of Sapporo (lots of information and links)
Hokkaido Disaster Prevention Information
NHK World English Push Notification Service
Japan Meteorological Agency (English)
The 2018 Japan Eastern Iburi Earthquake -Portal-
2. Seminar / Workshops in October
2.1 The Career Fair
which we originally planned to hold on September 11 has been rescheduled to October 22 due to the earthquake. The contents remain unchanged. The outline is described below which is the same as what was reported last month:
International students face difficulties in conducting job hunting in Japan even if you have enough Japanese proficiency. Understanding the process, gathering information of the industries and companies, and accessing to the open positions… all of those essential elements of job hunting are somewhat unknown to most of the international students. I-HoP will conduct Career Fair on October 11 by inviting three independent job-matching agencies who are specialized in international talents. They have already shared with I-HoP the real open positions they currently have which are visible through the Hi-System. The outline of the seminar is as shown below:
Part 1: Panel Discussion (2 hours)
Theme 1: Job opportunities for international PhDs in Japan
Theme 2: How to collect company information
Theme 3: How to survive unique Japanese work environment
Part 2: Individual Meeting with each companies (1 hour)
Please register in advance at the link below. The dress code is casual, but if you are serious about applying for any of the open positions, and want to leave your professional impression with the headhunter, the business attire would be effective for representing your seriousness.
2.2 Intercultural Communication Workshop
Being in Japan as a foreigner may put you in a situation where you can hardly understand why Japanese people around you do things differently from what you are accustomed to. If you are sensitive enough, you might imagine that the feeling you have is reciprocal, i.e. the Japanese people around you may wonder why you think that way. This is called the intercultural difference or gap, and it can be mitigated by mutual understanding. In your daily activities in your class or laboratory, you can hardly have an opportunity to ask specific questions or to explain your frustration. I-HoP will host a workshop, by inviting international and Japanese DC, PD researchers, to experience, discuss and to lead to a mutual understanding of this intercultural difference. Registration is required as usual. We will basically use English for this seminar:
3. Shortcut Akai Ito Kai due on October 15
Japanese students start their job hunting at least 12 months before graduation. More precisely, the bachelor course students of 3rd year (Junior) will start summer internship at their target company or companies in July/August, then will meet with “recruiter” (alumni member of their lab or class who works for a target company) in October through December. The official recruiting process starts with “Corporate Seminar” which begins on March 1. Some companies start to open their homepage for recruiting in January/February timeframe to which you can submit your “Entry Sheet” information.
The Entry Sheet is your first tool to let the company know about you, but some companies may receive thousands of these applications at a time. Even if you consider that the foreigner may stand out and draw attention, there are so many international students who are fully fluent in Japanese and other multiple languages.
What it means is that it is not easy at all to have your application documents reviewed by your target company with proper attention. Some company may automatically reject an Entry Sheet application if you do not have JLPT N1 Japanese proficiency.
SCAIK, Short Cut Akai Ito Kai, is a special privilege for DC and PD of Hokkaido University which assures that your document (Report, CV and RIREKISHO) be seen by the key person of your target company. Here is how it works;
1.Select one or two companies from the list of companies who will come to the next Akai Ito Kai, and study their corporate outline and its strategy.
2.Prepare and submit your SCAIK report which describes about yourself, your research results and how you want to realize your career objective with the target company by the due date (October 15 this time) to I-HoP.
3.I-HoP will review and may recommend revisions to your documents, and will submit it to the target company’s representative who will come to the next Akai Ito Kai (October 31 this time).
4.If the company is interested in your document and want to see you in person when they come to Sapporo on October 31, I-HoP will coordinate and arrange a meeting with you and the representative of the company during the lunch break of October 31.
The list of participating companies for October 31 Akai Ito Kai is below. If you are interested and want to learn more about it, feel free to request a career counseling appointment with firstname.lastname@example.org