Well February was a busy month for me, not because I had many shifts at the ICC during the holidays, but because there were also many other things happening.
Firstly, because time is moving on and I am going into my 2nd year of Graduate School, I feel as if I need to make the most of my time at Waseda, and at the ICC, meaning I want to work even harder. I am not sure if I am going to do Japanese job hunting yet, but this year I need to basically learn how job hunting works in Japan. Of course, I know the rules of what to wear and some of the manners but there are so many things that are different from my own country. For example, in Japan, everyone must do self-analysis (to find out what industry they are interested in) and write/prepare a PR statement that it meant to catch the interviewer`s eye. This concept is not so foreign to me, of course we must also explain why we want the job and how our strengths and weaknesses connect with the contents of the role, but the Japanese method feels a lot more detailed and requires more effort. Something I do not particularly like is that everyone basically wears the same thing and there aren’t many chances for individual applicants to show off their personalities (though this is slowly changing).
(and I recommend to take your C.V. photo at a photo studio like I did in Ginza, rather than using the photo booths at the station - Impressions are very important here!)
Another thing that happened is that I turned 24 years old. Naturally I had a good day spending time with friends, but it made me reflect a bit on my life. I am busy with university work, planning events at the ICC and improving my Japanese but there are also so many things I want to do. I studied in Korea before entering Waseda last year, and I have slowly forgotten many words and grammar patterns so I want to make a consistent effort to study a little every day, even if it is just 15 minutes. I learnt how to use Adobe Illustrator just so I could make better posters for our events and I really had fun, so I’ll continue to improve. Lastly, last year I learnt a little bit of programming so I want to fiddle around and make some small projects during my free time.
Sure, this might be a lot of work, it might even be too much work, but I think if you have the drive and willpower you can do anything! Rightly so, I am doing these things for my own satisfaction, but I am also doing them to make me more appealing when I inevitably do job hunting. I do not know if I will work in Japan, or what kind of job I will do but I hope I`ll be able to report back with good news later in the year! I hope job hunting will go well for everyone else, and they can get a job that they are truly happy in!
G.F (Student Staff Leader)