Are you interested in working in Japan after your graduation? This is what you need to know about finding a job as an international student.
- Be familiar with the Japanese language and culture. Many programs for international students offer language classes, so you can check with your university to see if you can take them!
- Take your principles into account. While there are more jobs than the people who want them, jobs for recent graduates can still be very competitive. If you want to get a job in Japan, start making a network of contacts as soon as you arrive.
- Prepare. Check out these guides on how to write a CV and the types of references.
- Make friends! It never hurts to know people, especially those who have lived in Japan for a while, and understand the culture. The more you immerse yourself, the more you will learn about Japan and the labor market.
How is the labor market in Japan?
If you understand Japanese language and culture, Japan is a great place to look for work. In recent years, Japan has had more employment opportunities, and boosting international students makes it easier for foreign graduates to compete in the labor market, especially if you have studied at Japanese universities. Among Japan’s strong industries are Business, Information Technology and Education.
What is the possibility of working in Japan after graduation?
In general, Japan is very welcoming to international students. To work after graduation, you must obtain a work visa or a long stay if you are going to stay in the country and look for a job. Contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for more information on how to obtain a long-term visa.
Useful resources to find job in Japan after graduation:
Finding a job in Japan can be difficult for international students, because there are few systems to help foreigners with employment outside the university. Make sure you ask the university for guidance in finding a job. They will be able to give you more information about the topic and what you need to perform well in your search.
Many universities have special access to websites where there are job offers and other resources. Do not feel shy if you are going to ask the international office or your teachers for help, as they may be able to point the right direction for you.
Having said that, here are some popular websites with job offers:
GaijinPot – http://gaijinpot.com/
O-Sensei Hayo – http://www.ohayosensei.com/
Portal JREC-IN – https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekTop?ln=1