Nov 24 2017 Leonardo, Brazil, Image Recognition Engineer for the technology critical for autonomous car

How did you find out about Active Connector?

I found out about Active Connector from Facebook through one of my friends. I subscribed to a survey about Job-hunting 2 years ago and ended up making the interview.

How hard/easy would you describe job hunting in Japan?

Hard, stressful and painful. I think Japanese skills plays a lot more influence on the first job than anything else. I am not fluent so conventional Job Hunting was a big no-no (I swear that I tried). I was looking for small companies and those are not easy to be found either.

How different would it have been without Active Connector?

A lot harder, if not impossible. In the beginning, my idea of workplace almost shattered because of the ever-present Japanese language restriction plus not knowing where to find the good stuff.

How are you finding your new job? Any challenges/highlights?

I am loving it. It is the kind of company and activity that I had in mind. I always said that I wanted to be involved fully with the company activity product development in a dynamic environment. The challenging part is that we are continuously improving our solution; There is no end game, we have delivered the best every project. I am proud to say that in two months

Do you have any advice for other members of Active Connector who are job hunting?

First, try to figure out what are you looking for. Imagine if you see yourself doing X or Y in the future. Working with something that you have no interest will make your life miserable.

Second, listen to what (literally) everybody has to say. Communication is naturally a problem in Japan and is probably the solution for 90% of the recurrent problems here. Listening to what others have to say will give you an edge.

Lastly, never be passive. Keep yourself busy with the things you like, even if it is not related to your career.

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