1. Memo from the Professor
My dear International Students and Researchers,
Students who will be graduating in March are entering the last part of your school life, and some international students may start to think about the career after graduation now. International students must realize that you need to report to the Immigration Service to update your staying permission if you no longer are a student. To work in Japan, proper work permission (visa) must be obtained and it usually takes time, like a month or more, to process. On top of this extra burden of visa application, Japanese recruiting process takes very long time, as long as over one year. So I am telling to the international students at any career-related occasions that you need to start your career planning ONE YEAR before graduation.
The recruiting process for undergraduate and master course students is different from that of the doctor course or postdocs. The former must follow very rigid schedule guideline which is agreed upon between major corporations (belonging to the KEIDANREN) and universities. The latter is more flexible, similar to the mid-career hiring, but many companies do utilize the same recruiting process such as “screening by web-based Entry Sheet”, etc. which is commonly used for the former.
March 1 is the official start of “corporate seminar to the students” as defined by the rigid recruiting process, and 684 companies from all over Japan will come and explain about their company at the Clark Hall. There are many career-related seminars being planned by our career center as well as other organizations, and this newsletter will introduce some of them for your reference.
2. Virtual Career Fair by Active Connector
I-HoP will hold the Career Fair by using Skype which is supported by the job-matching agent “Active Connector” on March 7th and 8th. Actual open positions which Active Connector handles will be posted through the Hi-System in the month of February, and you can schedule virtual interview with the agent of Active Connector at I-HoP’s counseling room. This is not a direct interview by the recruiting companies, so you can practice your skill. The agent may help you define your objective and strength in challenging to the open position(s) through the interview. The interview will be conducted either in English or in Japanese. Please wait for further announcement through Hi-System for the details.
3. Corporate Seminar by the Career Center in March
As stated in section 1 above, 684 companies will come to our Sapporo campus in the before half of March (1~15). Please note that all the information and explanation will be provided in Japanese, and you are expected to possess relevant Japanese skill to attend this event. They provide special counters for international students between 13:20 and 14:20. Although Japanese will be used for most of the explanations and discussions, some company representative may use English. If any doctor course student or postdoc researcher from abroad wish to have assistant from I-HoP at a specific company’s session, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org entitled “CS-Support”. If our schedule allows, we may provide some support on the spot.
The listing of the companies can be found at the following URL (all in Japanese)
The companies printed in RED will come to the International Student corner which is located in the basement of Clark Hall.
4. Workshop: Consultation Sessions & Job Hunting Seminar for International Students
The Career Center will host a job hunting seminar for international students who are considering finding a job in Japan. It will be held during the corporation research seminar.
If you seek job opportunities in Japan, please join us.
◆Date: Tuesday, March 6, 18:00-19:00
◆Place: Clark Memorial Student Center
◆Contents: A foreign employee speaker who is working for Nitori Co., Ltd. will give a lecture to international students about employment practices and the work environment in Japan.
◆Reservation: Not required
◇Inquiries: Hokkaido University Career Center (Mr. Terashima)
5. Job Hunting Seminar for International Students by Chamber of Commerce
Sapporo Chamber of Commerce will host a series of seminar for international students who are seeking for job opportunities in Japan. Anyone having Japanese language skill (JLPT) N2 or above are welcomed.
(1) February 26: Basics of Job Hunting (Overall Schedule, Dress code, etc.)
(2) March 6: How to write Entry Sheet, Use of KEIGO
(3) March 9: Mock-interview (group interview, individual interview)
To register, please visit the following URL: