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  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
    6. Great East Japan Earthquake    "Fumbaro East Japan Support Project"


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Job Hunting experience notes



Name:Takeshi Kakuma
Period Attended at Waseda: 2008.4 to present
Affiliation/Program at Waseda: School of International Liberal Studies, 4thYear,

I studied abroad in the United States for ten months from the summer of 2009. I have written about that experience on another blog post “Study abroad experience notes”   (Posted Friday Jun 3rd 2011) so if you are interested please check that out. However, on this post I wanted to write about my experience job hunting after returning to Japan.

【It begins!】
In the summer of 2010, some corporations were announcing that they were making English the official language of their company. This seemed to be favorable news for me seeing I had just returned from studying abroad. During fall, all the business presentations I went to spoke of how the Japanese market has reached its limit and how in order to survive it needs to expand overseas. They were talking about the type of students they were looking for who will go out boldly in to this ever increasing global society. A person who is tough mentally and loves new challenges, who is flexible and accepting of different cultures and of course being able to speak English is a big plus. Incidentally, my English ability after a year of studying abroad was still a distant second to native speakers or those who have lived overseas for a long time; however my TOEIC score was relatively high.

When the selection procedures started in the spring of 2011, my resume seemed to be getting a positive response from employers and I easily made it through to the first and second interviews for most of the companies I applied for. Even separate recruiters were contacting me and I thought this process was going to be very easy for me. 

However after that, there was a big pitfall waiting for me. As the interviews went on I realized I had been naïve. The interviewer of course takes my background, experience abroad, volunteer experience and event management in to account. However I wasn’t prepared for questions like “What do I want to achieve through this career” or “What do I want to do in this job.” This was the part I was supposed to show the most passion and enthusiasm and there I was, stuttering over my words. As a result I wasn’t selected by any of these companies for a job, and there were only a few companies left that were still taking applicants.

Since we started job hunting in October 2010, I went to many graduate seminars and absorbed information about the industry, however I neglected to really look at who I was and what I stood for. I tried doing some of the so-called self-analysis courses, but was afraid I would see only the bad parts and my areas of weakness so I never did them properly. I was avoiding self-reflection. So during interviews when I was asked questions about my career, I could only give out textbook answers. I would be questioning myself as I was giving the answer and I’m sure the interviewer saw my lack of confidence. I had to fail many interviews to realize that I had to change. So I decided to look at myself once again.

I decided to stop putting up a front and living honestly. I was so desperate for people’s appraisal I was willing to distort who I was but realized this doesn’t work. You can’t talk about something passionately if it’s not even in your own heart. So in my next self-evaluation I thought about everything from University club activities, my study abroad, part-time work to my school years and childhood memories and included my family environment and friendships. I was afraid of looking back and finding all these embarrassing moments but when I actually reflected back I was surprised at how few negative memories there were. There were more memories of fun times and times when I really gave it everything I had and realized “I’ve been living a pretty good life.” Even though I had failed many interviews I was given the strength to take another positive step forward. I thought about all the things I had done and the things I have valued up until now, and what I want to accomplish. I decided I would convey what was in my heart with passion.

On Wednesday July 13th, I received a call notifying me of a job offer. I was so excited I raised my fist in the air and told my family, friends and those who had helped me with my job hunting and they all celebrated with me. This ended the 10 month job search for me. The job hunting season was longer this year with irregular schedules because of the Earthquake; however this was good for me because it gave me more time to figure out what I wanted to do.

Lastly, I am so grateful to my family and friends who supported me even when things weren’t going well for me. The electronics company I will be working for in spring next year is going to be working on their infrastructure department. I hope that through working there I can contribute to Japan, the world and give back to all those people who have supported me over the years.

Although I wrote about all the things that didn’t go well here, I had a really enjoyable time learning about so many different companies and industries, and also having dinner with some of seniors and getting advice from them. Being able to share heart to heart talks with my friends about the journey I was on is has also become an invaluable experience for me. I probably wouldn’t have grown in this way if it wasn’t for this job hunting experience so even though it was painful I’m glad to have gone through it once.. But once is enough!! (LOL)

Thank you for reading.

October 2010 I start job hunting, start attending seminars and preparing
February 2011 I start sending applications.
March 2011 The Earthquake changes the interview schedules.
April- May 2011 Some companies start their selections
June 2011 Large companies make their selections.
July 2011 I was offered a job.

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