Special Free Event! How to Succeed with a career in ‘IT’

Date 07/13/2017 Time 19:00 → 21:00 Address Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to, Japan

Event Description

Not having luck in expressing your abilities to Japanese companies?

Or have you landed a job but am unable to progress?


Meet with two experts who have been able to develop their profile in the harsh and competitive working environment in Japan.

Learn from their choices, understand their mindset and experience their daily lives as they present to you their varying backgrounds and how it lead to their success.


At the event we will share 30+ opening positions (most of them require no Japanese or low level of Japanese) which you can consider applying in case you want to switch your career, start your job hunting. 


Discuss, Explore, Advance:

Gain Valuable Experiences and Information from Industry Professionals and plan your better career in Japan. Event is all in English and free of charge!


Speakers Profile:

A brief background of speakers presenting at the event. They are working at one of the leading Japanese companies awarded by FORBES. You can hear their story of what it is like to work in leading company, how they are building their IT careers, as well as what kind of preparation you can do for job interview.

Reuben Li:

Data Engineer

After graduating from the National University of Singapore, he began his first job as a research engineer at a high performance computing research institute while continuing with a master’s program. He subsequently went into consultancy for a large global IT company, before moving to Japan in 2012 to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Tokyo on the MEXT scholarship. During his postgraduate education, he worked on (sometimes roping in fellow graduate students) web/application development and machine learning projects for startups and small enterprises.

Upon graduation, he re-entered the corporate world, joining a retail group whose revenue puts it in the global top three for its area of business. He currently holds the position of Data Engineering Manager at the retail group, working with other talented engineers from different cultures and backgrounds. While he is an avid gamer, gaming opportunities are scarce as a father of two.

Eric Jelliffe:

Platform Engineer

Currently working in Tokyo as a Node.js developer. Masters in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Worked in NYC as a full stack developer for four years, picking up Japanese study along the way, before moving to Japan in 2008.

While studying Japanese and teaching English, he continued working remotely as a part-time developer for his previous company in NY before rejoining them full time in 2013. He began his current position as a platform engineer in June of 2017. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, gaming, and language study.


Event information:


- Thursday July 13th



1 min walk from University of Tokyo

3 Mins walk from Hongo-Sanchome (Marunouchi and Oedo line)

Active Connector Office





- Event starts from 19:00~21:00.-  Door opens: 18:30


Agenda: The 2-hour event will consist of the following:

1. Agenda of the event/introduction of Active Connector and the president

of the panel (19:00-19:05)

2. Introduction of the speaker(s). (19:05-19:10).

3. Dialogue with the Speaker(s), under AC’s lead (19:10-19:50): AC’s

member will lead the panel.

4. Q&A (speaker and audience) (19:50~20:20).

5. Networking/Mingle (20:20-20:50).

6. Closing/cleaning (20:50~21:00)


Dress Code: Casual.


Fee: Free


Venue: Active Connector’s HQ. 

How to Apply

Selection process:

As there are a limited number of places, applicants will be screened and those who meet the requirements will be put in a lottery system where we will select 25 attendees at random.


To apply:

1. Apply directly here

2. A Career Consultant will forward you a form to fill to be considered for a spot in the event.

3. Once completed, a Career Consultant will contact you on whether you were able to secure a spot.