Interviews with Graduates
Shinshu University implements an employment promotion program to support international students who want to get a job at Japanese company, by offering business Japanese language course and internships. Here are some success stories.
Graduate in PhD in Bio-science and Textile Technology
Joined MIMAKI ENGINEERING in 2019
Sales Division, Global Marketing Department,
Special Sales Group
A job where I make use of skills acquired at Shinshu University
My motivation for studying in Japan was that I have loved Japanese culture since I was a child and I wanted to go to Japan. I came to Japan during my second and third year in Japan by taking advantage of the internship program concluded between my university in France, ENSAIT and the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology of Shinshu University.
At Shinshu University, I joined the Biomaterials Laboratory and continued my research, and after graduating from ENSAIT, I returned to Shinshu University and enrolled in graduate school, where I received my PhD. I also learned how to work with Japanese people, including how to research, present and talk about ideas.
I want to stay creative.
I got a job at Mimaki because I wanted to stay in Japan after graduating from Shinshu University. I also like Ueda City and I wanted to start my career in Japan and learn more Japanese. Marketing was the possibility to connect textiles, creativity, international travel, sample making, and the Japanese people. It was also reassuring to have a French colleague who was already working at Mimaki.
My current job is to create samples and documentation and demonstrations for the international market. I can also use my knowledge of textiles. My goal is to focus on creating a sample book of new materials, and in the future I would like to be involved in group projects and use my English skills. I want to continue to learn and use my creativity while improving my skills.
My advice to younger students. I was able to pass the exam even though my Japanese was not very good. When you join the company, you will understand. Everyone is kind and understands cultural differences. If you don't understand, ask. If I had been afraid and stopped, I wouldn't be here today.
Graduate of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering
Joined HIOKI in 2018
Driven to develop the technology of the future
My sister was studying abroad in Turkey, so I wanted to study abroad too. I attended a Japanese high school in Mongolia and passed the scholarship exam of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology before coming to Japan to attend a language school for a year. I was interested in energy-related topics so I studied battery-related topics at a technical college. I applied to Shinshu University because I wanted to continue research on battery-related topics and because I already had friends from high school attending, and the weather in Nagano is similar to that of Mongolia.
Applying research on batteries
I enrolled in materials engineering at Shinshu University and went on to graduate school. I continued my research on batteries, researching and evaluating materials for storing more energy. There were many international students at Shinshu University, so was able to develop my communication skills and my time there was very meaningful.
My motivation for joining HIOKI was that the measuring instruments used in my lab were developed by them, and I was interested in energy-related measurements.The company's good benefits package and comfortable working environment, as well as the two-year training period, were also attractive.
I am now in charge of car instrumentation, where I am involved in research and development of software and various projects related to devices for evaluating wireless charging in cars. I feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation as the company often sends its technical developers out into the field.
My future goal is to gain more knowledge and work as a technical salesperson in overseas offices. I would like to go to Europe and the United States, and eventually I would like to establish a base in Mongolia to contribute to my country.
My advice to younger students is to not keep your work problems to yourself, but to learn how to communicate with your bosses.