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来年春卒の内定率は過去最高の92.7％と報じられているまさに売り手市場の新卒マーケットですが、テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス(TUJ)の学生は、就活で他の日本の大学生とは異なる課題に直面します。日米の学事暦の違いから、卒業時期がＴＵＪには年3回あり、日本の大学の春休みは、ＴＵＪではまだ学期途中で…など、3月卒、4月入社の一括採用のカレンダーに合わせるには、さまざまな調整が必要になります。多くの留学生が在籍し、就活について同じような悩みを抱える上智大学と共催で回を重ねてきた「TUJ-Sophia Career Fair 2017 in English」。日本で働くことに興味津々の学生ライター、ジェイダ・デイビスさんが今年のフェアをレポートします。（本文は英語です）
by Jada Davis (senior Journalism major and Study-Abroad student from Temple Main Campus)
At TUJ’s annual joint career fair with Sophia University, held on October 13, students were given the chance to network with representatives from various Japanese and Japan-based foreign companies. As someone who is interested in working in Japan after graduation, this event provided a unique opportunity for me to gain insight into the business world in Japan.
Each of the ten participating companies gave a brief description of their organization. Big name companies such as PwC and SG Holdings Co participated. What I noticed about each company was that, they were all very international. Many of them had several locations across Asia and around the globe. “The opportunities for us are endless,” said PwC’s Shannon Donnelly, a Sophia alumna. “We are a diverse team of fresh university graduates, working mothers, knowledgeable and experienced tax accountants […], totaling about 80 staff of around 15 nationalities speaking 20+ languages.” After the pitches, we shifted into a different room. Each company had their own booth and gave mini presentations to smaller groups of students. They offered positions in many diverse areas such as guest relations, sales and IT. Although these were not areas of interest to me as I am looking into journalism, I learned what each company was looking for in its prospective workers.
“We’re interested in people who have the potential to grow,” said a representative from enworld. “Developing yourself into a top business person in the market is very important in this company.” Hard work and dedication were another quality that was stressed. HRNetOne described their policy where you “receive what you put in.” This means that they offer a fast track career program where employees are able to quickly progress in the company based on their performance. At the fair, I met a TUJ alumnus, Jack Liu, originally from China, who was able to quickly advance in his career at his company, PwC, as a good role model for TUJ students. Fukuyama Transporting, an established logistics service provider, discussed the globality of the company and how they have expanded their brand to stretch over hundreds of locations around the globe. “We have 400 locations in Japan, 15 in Asia and are expanding globally,” said a representative from Fukuyama Transporting. “So we’re recruiting heavily and looking for bilingual people for a wide range of positions.”
There are many reasons why I would want to work in Japan. First, Japanese companies train their employees for their specific job. If I worked in Japan, I could potentially work in any field of interest to me with the proper training. Japan is also becoming more dependent on foreign labor, which means that there are more opportunities available. Finally, Japan has unique business customs. I was able to witness a bit of Japanese business etiquette such as the exchanging of business cards with two hands and the proper way of greeting with a long respectful bow. Partaking in that kind of formal business culture would be beneficial to developing my overall maturity and character. The TUJ-Sophia University Career Fair showed many possibilities for the future.
Jada Davis is a junior journalism major, a study abroad student from Temple University Main Campus. She is an avid reader and aspiring editor. In the U.S., she spends her free time running after her three Jack Russell Terriers, playing tennis, and working odd jobs.