Caket Guray （Turkey), Master's student , Shizuoka University, Department of Engineering
Q：Congratulations, Mr. Guray. How was your job hunting in Japan?
A：I started job hunting in March of this year and applied for the job positions through the web-sites of the companies by myself. When I had a problem, I received a lot of help from my laboratory friends. In particular, I got a lot of advice during I was filling in ES job application forms (which called “ES” )for the correction of my Japanese language mistakes.
Q：What was the most difficult thing for you?
A：The most difficult part of job hunting was the interview. It is definitely necessary to practice before the interview. Most of the them are in Japanese, so you have to practice a lot to convey what you want to say in Japanese language. Interview questions are similar in almost any company. However, sometimes questions that cannot be predicted might be asked. Therefore, if you have done actual practices with friends or someone, I don't think it will be a problem. I did a lot of real practices with my friends before I got accepted from the company.
Q：How are you feeling now?
A：I'm really happy now that I work for a Japanese company. Especially the company that I got a job offer is a global and it has high selling rates, which means that I can improve my technical skills, I can work hard and be better engineer for my career. Besides, I am looking forward to joining the company because I want to see the work environment in Japan and learn how Japanese manufacturer companies are successful in worldwide scale. I also feel that I will have a chance in order to use Japanese language skills and improve my language knowledge. Apart from this, I am waiting to graduate from Shizuoka University right now and to participate in job offer ceremony of the company. After that, I plan to return to my country, travel a lot until next year, and spend time with my family. Finally, I want to say that I am so happy and look forward to working from April next year.
A：My important advice for students who want to get a job in Japan is to “never give up and continue to look for a job even after you failed any number of interviews”. Actually, the process of job hunting doesn't change so much depending on the country, according to my experiences. I mean that it's hard in anywhere. However, there is a language barrier in here so it becomes a little bit more difficult, that’s why studying Japanese is being an important role during your life in Japan. It is also seriously important to be able to answer any questions about the company while you are interviewing. Furthermore, before choosing the firm you want to work, you should ask some questions to yourself, for instance,”Does the policy of the company match with your feelings or Is this company suitable for you? Do you really want to be at that company?” Please think about the answers to these questions properly and be honest to yourself.
Moreover, not only for job hunting but also if you want to have fun in your life in Japan, you definitely ought to learn Japanese. When you are able to speak the language, the life is absolutely getting much more enjoyable. I truly feel that I am happy thanks to coming to study at Shizuoka University among many national Japanese universities. Since I got so many chances to learn and make actual conversations at the language classes, and talked with my friends in the laboratory in a daily life using the knowledge that I gained in these classes. After all, I would like to thank teachers, my friends in my laboratory and everyone who helped me during my two years in Shizuoka University.
Burhan Yunus Mamajiwala [Mumbai, India]
Master Student [ Asian Bridge Programme]
Department of Engineering
Shizuoka University [Hamamatsu Campus]
Company: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION [SMC]
Department : Advanced System Component Development [Autonomous Vehicle Technology]
Duration : 10 Days
The purpose of this presentation was to provide information about the company and their latest technology developments for Asian bridge programme master students.
At the end of the presentation, I realized that SMC’s advanced technology development is closely related to my research. Keeping this in mind I approached SMC’s employees and introduced my research area. In the next couple of days, I was given an opportunity to join the internship programme at SMC. I was selected in the autonomous vehicle technology department.
I was a part of a team consisting of 10 global members from countries such as United Kingdom, France, Netherlands and Japan. The aim was to identify the functional safety and functional security development for future autonomous vehicles. This was a practical hand on experience for me. The team drove around Hamamatsu city in Lidar/Radar vehicles in order to perform and observe several tasks allotted to every individual.
My task was to analyze several security issues which could be faced by the autonomous vehicles on the road. Towards the end of the internship, I presented my data results to the head of department of SMC and the team members. Overall, this internship experience was very educative as well as an excellent platform for gaining hand on experience in a Japanese company working with global team members.
Exchange meeting in Hamamatsu
Foreign Students, Japanese Students,＆Companies June 6th
1. How did you find your internship?
At the SIBA exchange meeting held in July of 2018, I gave a presentation about introduction of my country Bangladesh. There were 35 companies participating. There, Hamana Parts Industry Co., Ltd. also participated, met with the person in charge and taught the schedule of the internship. After that I received various information by e – mail from them. I mailed it in poor Japanese, but I exchanged e-mails many times and confirmed it.
2. Why did you decide to go to the company?
The parts made by Hamana Parts Industries Co., Ltd. was originally parts related to the propeller shaft, shift device and engine. I like to studying engines, so I really wanted to get knowledge about how engine parts are being made.
They accepted my religious needs being a Muslim that I cannot eat pork and need time for pray. For me to travel to their factory, they came to pick me up by car at their nearest JR Station every day.
3. What did you do with your internship?
I had an internship at Hamana Parts Industry Co., Ltd. from September 3 to 7, 2018. I would like to explain what I did for the week I spent for internship.
First, Mr. Matsumoto of the General Affairs Division gave me explanation of the company and how the parts being made in the company and about Kosai city, where their company is located. Then I had a detailed explanation of what to do with my five-day internship. Two Japanese students and I introduced myself in front of the company people. After that, I had a tour of the company and finished the day.
On the second day, I made a propeller shaft design using CAD, and I inserted the design that I made into a 3D printer. We were able to test what we actually designed, so it was very good.
On the third day, I learned how to process products. I installed a machine for processing the yoke myself. That was so fun.
On the fourth day a typhoon came and the train did not move in the afternoon, so there was no internship.
On the fifth day I did the strength test of the propeller shaft and shift device. I was able to learn a lot. At the end we announced what we did at internship in front of the president, general affairs section manager, production engineering section manager. It was a bit difficult in Japanese, but I was happy to be able to manage the challenge
4. What is left in the impression?
When I did an internship, I gathered a very good understanding of Japanese company culture and the employee-employer’s relationships. Before the internship I was worried about thinking whether to be able to work in Japan or not, but after doing the internship at Hamana Parts Industry Co., Ltd.my thinking has changed. Now I am confident that I am able to adapt and work in any company in Japan.
5. What was the difficult situation?
What was difficult was Japanese only. I thought that I could build a better relationship with the people of the company if I could understand 100% Japanese. For that, I would like to study Japanese more so that I can take the Japanese Proficiency Test N-1.
6. Please advise international students who have never been to an internship yet.
If you want to work in Japan, you should try an internship to get various knowledge at work site.
Even if you are not good at Japanese, the people in Japanese companies will explain to you very kindly.
Internship at Koito Manufacturing Ltd.
Duration: 2 weeks (Aug 20 – Aug 31, 2018)
Theme: Pedestrian Detection Algorithm using LiDAR
The two-week internship at Koito Manufacturing Ltd. was a memorable one. It gave me a great platform to learn the Japanese work culture. We were a total of 60 interns across several universities such as Gifu University, Nagoya University, Osaka University, etc. selected after a rigorous interview consisting of 4-5 panelists. I was initially worried as I was still working on improving my Japanese language skills. However, being an international student, my panel had a translator to help me out and I was able to manage quite well thanks to the trainings we received at the Shizuoka Career Development Program (SCDP).
I was delighted to know I made it through the selection process and was eager to learn. The internship theme assigned to me was also very closely related to my current research. The internship was at Kitsunegasaki, Shizuoka. The first day began with the orientation where we understood the company’s mission and their current areas of work. We also had factory tours which enabled us to have a closer look at the factory processes and ways of working. The following days, we worked under the guidance of our mentors in our respective departments. Our days were filled with trainings, experiments and group works. We got an opportunity to learn and work on recent technologies that Koito was working on. We also had a visit to the Koito’s Fuji plant. Overall it was a great opportunity to get to know the Japanese work culture and make new friends.
【Working in Japan】
2018 Master’s graduate (Shizuoka University, Department of Informatics , ABP program)
1. After graduation from Shizuoka University I have joined in Toshiba Electronic Device and Storage Corporation. This is a company of Toshiba group. This company produces semiconductor devices like programmable ICs, micro-controller chips for IoT devices and cars, HDD etc. I have been working in the System Devices division since November 1, 2018.My responsibility here is to research on image and video processing on camera data acquired from car camera and rider sensors using deep learning and programming.
2. My experience of job hunting: I started Job hunting from March 2017. But before that, I have done research on several companies. After doing the research I have selected some companies to apply which are suitable for me. In march I have attended many job-hunting seminars both in university campus and outside. I have joined Asian Job fair for foreign students in Tokyo. I started to apply to the companies in April. At first I have filled the pre-entry sheets. And then I have filled the entry sheets of the companies and have taken the web test in April and May. After passing the screening test I was invited for interviews with some companies. I have attended several Interviews in different companies. I have applied Toshiba using school recommendation system. So after passing the final interview in Toshiba, I choose to work for Toshiba. Each company have their own recruitment process. But most of the big corporations have a similar recruitment process.
3. My plan after graduation: After graduation, I joined Toshiba in November, 2018. I am planning to work here at least 5 to 7 years or more. I am planning to stay in Japan for 10 years and then I want to go back to my country and start my own company there.
4. Advice to the next students: My first advice to the next students is you must learn the Japanese language up to communication level before starting job hunting. Although there are some companies who allow web test and interviews in English, the number of these companies is too small. Some companies require N1 or N2 Japanese level and most of the companies require at least communication level Japanese. So before job hunting try to pass N3 or at least learn so that you can communicate in Japanese. You must do research on the company you want to apply before applying. Attend the job hunting seminars as more as you can. Find out your strong side and the weak side. These are the common questions in the interview and also in the entry sheet. Start job hunting as soon as possible, otherwise, there will be a lot of workload at the time of thesis writing
Andre Sitompul (Indonesia)
2017 Master’s graduate (Shizuoka University, Department of Engineering , ABP program)
I spent a wonderful two-year during my studies at Shizuoka University. I made wonderful friends, worked in a cool laboratory, and found abundant support for my career. Shizuoka University helps me a lot with my current career. Thanks to the university, I am working with one of the biggest motor manufacturing companies in Japan, Yamaha Motor Company.
With Yamaha, I have been given a chance to work in Yamaha Robotics, and I am developing a controller for factory automation. Well, to be honest, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, since I need to “fight” for my place here and show that I am the man for the job. I never work a day without learning new things, and I learned a lot in my first year of working for a Japanese company. I believe this experience could help me in building my personality and getting me ready to become a professional engineer and a global leader.