Fourth Valley Concierge has more than 10 years of experience in hiring highly skilled human resources. In April 2020, Fourth Valley Concierge Co., Ltd. started to support employees with the status of residence "specific skills" / Tokutei Ginou. This time, we would like to have an interview with Ms. Mar Mar Htay, who got a job offer from a company listed in Connect Job WORKERS, and that became the first choice for her as a Caregiver with a specified skilled worker visa.
Most career-driven students would find themselves on the lookout for internships to boost their experience and resume before they begin the job hunt. However, it takes an extraordinary candidate with drive, passion, and courage to step outside of their comfort zone to think about applying for an international internship. Such internships are a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop your personal and professional skills and will most certainly make you more marketable to future employers.
Generally, internships for students in Japan range from a single week to a month or even a just one or two days and are usually unpaid. Connect Job provides internships in Japan for would-be graduates living outside of Japan. This year, Terumo Corporation, a healthcare business providing optimal products and services to medial settings internationally, looked to global talents outside of Japan for contributions. Read on to find out how their selected pioneer global interns fared working in the three different companies (Cardiac and Vascular Company, General Hospital Company, Blood Management Company) of Terumo Corporation.
Since the first time it was held in 2017, the East Japan Railway (aka JR-EAST) Global Internship program has been one of the most popular programs for students around the world looking to get work experience in Japan. This attractive opportunity is open to students from any major or university year, and travel expenses and accommodation are provided.
The 7-day (July 30th to August 7th) internship was spent attending lectures about JR’s history, global vision, and technological innovations, and doing fieldwork. Each intern was placed into one of the following fields based on their chosen area of interest: Overseas Business, Vehicles, Mechanical Equipment, Track, and Railway Structure, Construction, Building and Architecture, Electricity, Sales and Tourism Strategy, Service Quality Control, Lifestyle Business Development, SUICA, IT, Finance and Legal. Interns also had the chance to visit JR-EAST’s various facilities and sites.
This year, we hear from three applicants who are part of the chosen 35 out of over 3,500 applicants from all around the world.
1) Finance Intern: Dominic Oben (University of Oxford, UK) 2) Service Quality Control Intern: Minyoung Park (Coventry University, UK) 3) Lifestyle Business Development (Non-Rail Business) Intern: Oriane Suzelle Pilar (Jean Moulin Lyon III University, France)
For decades after World War II, there was significant migration to Japan, but it wasn’t until Japan’s economic peak in the 1980s that the government considered relaxing immigration restrictions, particularly for workers in manufacturing and construction. In the 1990s, in an effort to maintain the country’s ethnic homogeneity while supplying workers to these industries, Japan issued visas to foreigners of Japanese descent, such as the descendants of Japanese who immigrated to Brazil before World War II. While this resulted in an increase in the number of Japanese Brazilians who came to Japan, the government did little to integrate these workers and their families, leaving children of foreigners exempt from compulsory education and providing few resources for the education of non-Japanese-speaking children.
After the 2008 financial crisis, the government even offered unemployed Japanese Brazilians airfare back to Brazil if they promised to never seek work in Japan again. The Technical Intern Training Program was developed in 1993 to provide a three-year employment opportunity for foreign nationals from emerging countries such as China, Vietnam, and the Philippines through training, technical skills, and technology experience. While the program offers many opportunities, it has come under increasing scrutiny. The program requires participants to come to Japan alone and stay with the same employer for three years, which has resulted in abuses by employers including forced labor, excessive overtime, harsh conditions, and low wages.
Staying in a job you don’t like can have negative effects on your health and career. If you see some of the following signs, you might want to consider leaving for something better.
SIGNS YOU SHOULD QUIT It probably starts with a bad day at the office. Then strings of bad days lead to bad weeks. After a while, every day is a bad day. Of course, there are various types of bad days. You may be bored. For example, you spend most of the workday looking at social media, or even worse, the clock. You may be frustrated. Your skills are not being utilized in your job, or you aren’t learning anything new. Your company’s mission doesn’t align with your beliefs or you don’t trust your boss or company. You are constantly pushed to do more and never feel like you’ve earned a win. You may be exhausted. Constant stress from a boss from hell makes it hard to sleep through the night and get through the day. You start looking forward to the weekend at the beginning of the week, and Sunday nights are filled with anxiety about Monday mornings. You may be at a dead end. You’re constantly worried about money and layoffs and can’t imagine yourself at the same company in a year.
Today we’re putting the spotlight on BizReach, one of Japan’s most successful tech startups. An industry leader in HR technology in Japan, BizReach is renowned for its products that match job seekers up with employers and vice-versa. They have expanded to over 1300 employees in their 12-year history, and are now more focused than ever on hiring top tech talent from overseas.
We paid a visit to BizReach to hear six of their engineers’ thoughts on relocating to Japan, working at BizReach, and the company’s promising future. If you’ve ever thought about pursuing opportunities in a new frontier for tech, then check out this interview.
Here’s a brief introduction to the engineers, and what the interview covers:
1) Stefan and Robert: What led you to Japan and BizReach? 2) Dat and Connie: BizReach’s tech 3) Xiaqing and Tapan: Life at BizReach