Jan 22 2018 Active Connector Presents Career Building Talk for Indian Students Associations

Active Connector shares job-hunting processes for University of Tokyo Indian Students Association (UTISA) hosts Active Connector in supporting

(Tokyo, Japan Tuesday 16th January 2018) To start the New Year, Active Connector had its first event* with the Indian Students Association on career building options in Japan. Attendees included students from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio, Yokohama Kokuritsu Daigaku as well as graduates who had travelled from India.

With many students in graduate programs, the event provided insight into the traditional job- hunting system in Japan for Indian students as well as other international students in attendance. Compared to the Indian job-hunting system that is firmly integrated into the university’s support system, the annual practice of Japanese job-hunting known as ‘Shushoku Katsudo’ (就職活動)

commonly referred to as ‘Shukatsu’ can often be challenging for many international students.

A guest of honour in attendance included the Director of the newly established India Office from the University of Tokyo. With stronger bilateral relations behind India and Japan, the India Office is at the helm of supporting Indian graduate students secure jobs with Japanese companies. By 2020, the goal is to have a 50% retention of Indian graduate students in Japan.

This is part of the Japan Revitalisation Strategy established in 2016 which aims to alleviate the labour shortage by employing more international students after graduation. By 2020, the government aims to have 50% of all international graduate students employed in Japan.

Active Connector’s hosts various regular events with student associations and academic institutions to empower international students with job opportunities in Japan. Events and career fairs to support international students with job-hunting in Japan organised in the past have included collaborations across the country with students in Hokkaido, Nagoya, Niigata and Tokyo.

*Active Connector hosts regular events and collaborations with International student associations and universities across the country. For more information on how to organise an event please contact Keiko at [email protected]


About Active Connector

Established in 2013 by Asami Matsumoto, Active Connector works to build a bridge between talented international students and young professionals with Japanese companies aspiring to be global. With a goal of promoting greater innovation through diversity, Active Connector provides one-to-one consultation with members, university outreach events* and diversity management consulting for Japanese companies globalising their HR strategy. Since its establishment, Active Connector has been featured in various news media outlets including WBS (TV Tokyo), NHK and Nikkei Asian Review.

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