Jun 3 2019 Sanskar(India),R&D Engineer for Innovative Water Saving Technology
Mr. Sanskar majored in Mechanical Engineering at a top university in his home country. He came to Japan in 2014 to enroll in a master’s program at The University of Tokyo. He was focusing on the study of the galloping response of ice-accreted transmission lines for his master’s program.
After graduating in 2016, he joined an innovative company and have engaged in the development of next-generation products as a R&D engineer.
When did you come to Japan?
I came to Japan in 2014.
What did you do before coming to Japan？
I worked for a defense company in India as a scientist for 2 years.
Why did you want to work in Japan?
I met some Japanese people when I was studying at the Indian Institutes of Technology. My University collaborated with the Japanese government. I had the opportunity to meet Japanese people who are in the Japanese electronics & manufacturing industry. I was really impressed with the Japanese culture. So I decided to go to Japan and study at Tokyo University. My research topic was vibration and power transportation lines.
When did you start job hunting?
I started job hunting in March 2016.
How was your job hunting?
It was a little difficult because my Japanese language level was beginner, so there were less opportunities available for me. I wasn’t able to get a job easily. But,I applied and applied then I got an interview.
How long did it take to get a job offer after you started to do your job hunting?
About 5 months.
How many positions did you apply for?
I applied for 4 companies. I applied for the jobs for 3 companies directly by myself. I applied for one job through Active-Connector.
When did you start your job hunting?
From March to September 2016 I was job hunting.
What are the difficulties you experienced in an interview?
When I applied for a traditional Japanese company. I felt the culture and discipline is very strict. I also got the sense that the interviewer wasn’t friendly and the atmosphere was very serious.
How many recruitment agencies did you contact? or How many contacted you?
I didn’t contact recruitment agencies when I applied the jobs directly. I accessed the company’s website.
How did you find this position/Active Connector?
I saw their brochure at the student administration office of my university. I also researched online and looked at their Facebook page.
Why did you apply for this position?
I was impressed that the company is working towards water preservation and that they had a position that did not require Japanese which was good considering my Japanese level.
Did you find any differences in Active Connector from other recruiting company?
Though I did not use other recruiting company, I think the most attractive point of Active Connector is that they help foreigners get in contact with Japanese companies which they would not be able to find using normal recruiting sites.
Also having friendly support during the interview process is a plus. It is very useful for foreigners to look for a job which suits their skills.
Its most helpful for skilled and talented foreigners who wants to work in Japan but doesn’t speak the Japanese language.
What is your current job?
I work at the research and development department/laboratory department for the next generation of the company’s product and services.
I am helping with the design and development on how to manufacture the prototype and the preparation for its launch into the market.
How do you like your current job?
Yes. I like it very much.
Did you find any cultural gap from your background after you started to work in Japan?
No. Because my current company isn’t a traditional Japanese company. They have a global mindset. Our CEO would like to create a globalized company, making it possible for people to come to us and voice out their ideas or issues. 60% of our employees are foreigners. Employees come from different countries like France, China, Russia and many more. It’s truly a global company.
We can learn and pick up new things from different cultures and use that information to improve ourselves.
What are the challenges you encountered while working in Japan?
It was difficult in the beginning because of my low Japanese skill and I was introduced to a kind of new work that I have not done before. I had to learn faster and it took me around 3 months to get used to everything.
But whenever I was facing anything challenging, my colleagues always help me. So, I learned on a daily basis. And because I was really interested in my job and what I do in the company, I study and kept improving my self.
What do you think is the advantage of working in a start-up?
I can be in any project, since this company is trying to expand and grow bigger. You can ask any questions, you can give advice, you can insert yourself to any project. And you can learn from them and help them.
What are the difficulties you have experienced working in a startup?
I didn’t have any difficulty. I can talk with the CEO directly and he trusts me and he always welcomes my opinions. I feel very responsible and careful of what I say.
But initially I had to transfer to Osaka to learn manufacturing and I had to get used to a different working environment and I needed to get used to a manufacturing plan. So Tokyo and Osaka was different, so that was a little bit challenging for me. But I learned a lot from experiencing both.
How is the mentorship in a startup environment?
I had a colleague who was teaching me everything right from the start. We had a training plan for 3 or 4 months, so he was mentoring me during that time. That was really helpful in my transition and in getting used to my everyday job.
What is your career goal?
My goal is to have my own company in the future. I discussed it with our CEO and I will keep learning how to develop a new product and handling their difficult phase. I would like to develop a new product after a few years later. There is a huge market in India, so I want to start selling my products there. This in line with my direct mentorship from my CEO is really helpful towards my future career plans.
Do you see your career flourishing in Japan?
Yes, especially in DG TAKANO.
Please give a message/advice to foreigners who are having difficulties in looking for jobs in Japan?
Just never compromise when it comes to finding your job. You should keep looking for more and more opportunities to find the best job for you.
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