The number of international students coming to study in Kyoto,
and those who go on to find jobs in Kyoto has also been increasing year by year.
In Kyoto, we do many things to support international student's job hunting.
Many well-known, high-tech companies such as Kyocera, Nintendo, Omron, Rohm, Shimazu, Wacoal, Nichicon have their head-quarters in Kyoto.
In the future, you may find a place where you can succeed in Kyoto.
When studying at Ritsumeikan's Graduate school, I studied language education and information, and majored in Japanese education. It is a program for Japanese and international students aiming to become Japanese teachers. First I was aimed to be a Japanese teacher so I could improve my Japanese. In this program I studied a wide variety of basics and expertise such as Japanese education, linguistics, and education. During my second year I took teaching classes at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and I wrote on "How Chinese students study Chinese characters in Japan" for my graduation thesis.
Originally I was aiming to be a Japanese teacher. However, in Japan I learned for a Chinese international student that it is difficult to be a Japanese teacher in China. Therefore, I changed my goal, and decided to use my experience by working. The reason I settled on Kyocera is after a seminar Kyocera held for International students. At the seminar I learned that many languages could be used at Kyocera, and I felt it to be a global cooperation. Before job hunting I had been reading the founder Kazuo Inamori's writings and I agreed with his way of thinking. Therefore, I decided to work for Kyocera.
Currently I am in my third year in the overseas sales division of inkjet print heads. Mainly I go directly to the local retailers to sale products in my hometown and monthly I visit Taiwan and Singapore for business trips. Especially for Taiwan, the technology of inkjet print heads comparing to the technology in Europe and North America region is lacking. Hence, it is a potential market. Now I am working hard to increase the sales and I hope that I will go directly and do transactions with the local client.
Here are some interviews with alumni who have actually studied in Kyoto and gone on to find employment in here.
Why not put their experiences to your own use?
In Kyoto, there is good employment support services, and in order to support international students job hunting, internships, acceptance programs, and events are hosted.
In Kyoto, not only schools but government institutions (Kyoto prefecture, Kyoto city), economic organizations, and private enterprises support international students concerning employment at “ALL KYOTO”. At this site, international students considering employment can find information concerning the latest employment support services and event information. All services and events listed on these pages are offered free of charge.
KyoTomorrowAcademy=KTA is a community for international students who are studying in Kyoto. In this community,there will be lots of opportunities to improve Japanese skills and also to get to know about Japanese companies through many interactive activities!
The International Student Study Kyoto network offers opportunities for international students to experience real work experience at Kyoto companies. It is continually working to support students’ understanding of Japanese work life and their search for employment and other activities in Japan. Through our Internship Program, the participating students work as an intern at a company during their school summer break. The working hours are set following the internship guideline. (The paid internship requires 80 working hours or more, while the unpaid internship only allows up to 40 working hours for three or more days.)
It provides a service where, in order to promote the activities of human resources from overseas in the prefecture, specialist counselors provide counseling, carefully addressing the concerns and questions international students have regarding finding employment.
Organized jointly by Kyoto Prefectural International Center and Kyoto Job Park, this is a forum where international students who wish to find employment in Japan can learn about Japanese companies and exchange information with Japanese companies. Discussions and exchanges are held in Japanese only.
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