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Special Lectures & Panel Discussions for Tech majors

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Panel Discussion : IT Startups

Panel featuring 3 IT startups. This panel will discuss the appeal of working for a startup, what kind of talent startups are looking for and each panelist's job hunting experience.

Speaker Profile
  • Daiki Shinozuka giftee G4B Product General Manager
    After graduating from Keio University with a political science degree, Daiki Shinozuka joined giftee, Inc. He incorporated and promoted the local currency solutions service in the Business Development Division as well as promoting for the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. In 2017, he created the giftee campaign platform division. He is currently working with many companies developing promotional marketing projects.
  • Yuno Nakanishi Reazon Holdings Ltd. Foodtech Dev. Business Development Manager
    Graduated from Dalhousie University in Canada, Nakanishi joined Reazon Holdings in April 2020. He is in business planning in the food tech division. He is developing the delivery network and area strategy projects under the delivery system development division.
  • Kosuke Chano GA technologies Co., Ltd. New grads recruitment Business Manager
    Born in 1995 from Yokohama, Kanagawa. After graduating from International Christian University, Chano joined GA technologies. He was assigned to HR his first year to work on recruiting as well as training planning and creating the recruitment page. He is currently in his third year as the business recruiting manager and is also working on subsidary/new business planning.
  • Takemi Komiya Recruit&Development Institute President・Partner
    Komiya started his career at IBM Japan in 1993. He was a recruiting leader in HR and held seminars outside of his company on recruiting tactics. In 2005, he became a training counselor at Tokyo Metropolitan University to aid students with their career paths. In 2008 he started his own recruiting and training research company. Using his experience working in a company and university, he is now helping big companies with their recruiting and training needs.
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A must-see for tech majors curious about a career as an engineer
Panel Discussion by Tech Companies

Panel discussion by 3 tech companies. Get to learn more about the tech companies as well as what it's like to work as an engineer. Hear stories you won't hear anywhere else including the type of candidates each company is looking for and the speakers' past job hunting activities.

Speaker Profile
  • Satoru Fujiwara LINE Corporation Developer Relations Department Senior Manager
    After having 8 years of experience as an Android Developer, Fujiwara started to explore his career into "Developer Relations" and "Engineer Hiring". As a senior manager, his main responsibility is to organize strong development organization by training and updating LINE's recent tech information to external audience.
  • Shuichiro Imamura Procter & Gamble Japan KK Director Data Science
    At the early age of 16, Imamura received his Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) certification making him the youngest ever to receive the certification in Japan. Imamura started his IT career self-employed. After graduating from Keio University in the IT field, he joined P&G Japan to work on big data analytics and AI development. From 2017, he has participated in the Retail AI Institute to incorporate IT to revolutionize the retail distribution business.
  • Takeshi Yamada teamLab Head of Recruitment
    Takeshi Yamada has been working for teamLab’s management team in Tokyo, Japan, since 2017. Before joining teamLab, he worked as a marketer for a tourist industry at Zurich.
  • Takemi Komiya Recruit&Development Institute President・Partner
    Komiya started his career at IBM Japan in 1993. He was a recruiting leader in HR and held seminars outside of his company on recruiting tactics. In 2005, he became a training counselor at Tokyo Metropolitan University to aid students with their career paths. In 2008 he started his own recruiting and training research company. Using his experience working in a company and university, he is now helping big companies with their recruiting and training needs.

Top companies selected by tech majors

We conducted a survey among CFN members enrolled in overseas universities (graduating Sep./2019~Aug. 2021) regarding what companies they want to work for as well as their employment awareness. (Survey period: Aug. 30, 2019~Oct. 18, 2019)

Google came in 1st place for 3 consecutive years. Also, if you look at the top 10 companies, there are 4 IT companies, 3 consulting firms, 2 trading companies. Companies from a wide range of industries have been ranked in the top 10.

We will be doing another survey in September, so stay tuned!

  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • McKinsey & Company
  • PwC
  • MITSUI & CO., LTD.
  • Apple
  • Facebook

A STEM major student’s job search outside of the field.

When it comes to careers, over half of STEM major students seek to find a company that relates to their field of study. However, there is quite a lot of students who seek careers outside of their fields. In fact, STEM major students have an opportunity to pursue a career in a variety of industries and positions.

As you start your job search and think about your future, keep these points in mind if considering a career outside of your field of study.

2 out of 5 students find a job outside of their field of study.

Student's field of study relation to type of position

Source: [DISCO "Career+ 2019 Student monitoring survey] (August 2018)

How does a STEM major student's field of study relate to their job?

From DISCO's "Career+ 2019 Student monitoring survey," out of the STEM major students who were graduating in 2019, 58.3% found a position in their field of study. 28.2% found a technical position, but outside of their field of study, and 13.5% found a non-technical position. That's 40% of the students found a position outside of their field. The data shows there is quite a few students who do find a position other than within their field of study.

Knowing your strengths as a STEM major student, opportunities outside of your field will -------

What kinds of industries/positions are available for STEM major students who want to pursue a career outside of their field?

A STEM major student's strength is not only their expertise in their field. Skills such as logical thinking, mathematics, data analysis, and more that you gained through your research, which may seem basic, are skills that will be useful in non-research positions.

For example, mathematics and data analysis are skills needed in the financial industry to conduct market research and analysis for financial product development. By utilizing your logical thinking, you have the possibility of becoming a management consultant who creates optimal strategic plans and creates proposal of business/management reconstructing.

What happens if you are seeking a research position other than your field? There are advantages for companies to hire students whose field of research differs. Having a different perspective leads to development of new technology. For example, to be able to use your knowledge about quantum mechanics, you most likely will pursue a career in the field of applied physics. But nanoscience and nanotechnology are used for new product development in cosmetics. Using your basic knowledge in physics may open up the opportunity in product development within the cosmetic industry.

Skills you have gained through your research does not always have to be used in a research setting, but by changing your perspective can open up more opportunities.

For example, sales engineers are a key in the manufacturing, development/real estate, trading industries and more. They need to have the expertise knowledge of that industry and be able to propose and explain what services and products would be best for their clients. This is a position that STEM majors students can show off their skills. In the media industry, if you field of study was chemical/engineering/medical related, you might have a career as a reporter or journalist covering those specific areas.

In the education field, becoming a professor or a teacher in your expertise is always an option, but your electrical engineering or IT background may be used to create new e-learning programs or new devices for document development.

These are just examples, but by keeping an open mind when looking at all the different industries, there are many positions/industries that STEM major students can thrive using their skills as their strengths. By thinking your future is only in the field of your study is just limiting yourself. Keep all possibilities open when you are conducting your industry/company research.

If you are pursuing a career outside of your field of study, a thorough industry/company research and marketing your potential is key.

When conducting job search, begin by visualizing your career plan. The first step will be to think carefully about whether you will continue on in your field or challenge yourself to pursue an industry that you have an interest or can utilize your skills, but outside of your field.

If you decide to challenge yourself outside of your field, being able to relay why you pursued a career outside of your field of study and how can you utilize the skills and knowledge that you have gained in the industry/position that you are interested in, will be crucial. In order to do that, you must have a thorough understanding of the industries/positions and visualizing what kinds of positions are in that company of choice and how you fit into the picture. The key is not to think that your field of expertise will be a disadvantage. As long as you know what your strengths are and logically explain how they will be fully utilized in the position, you're set.

While continuing to conduct experiments and preparing for your thesis, may leave you little time to research about companies outside of your field. Try by first participating in info sessions, job fairs, talking to alumni, or any other way to gather information. Don't forget to use the resources available through your Career Canter as well.

Why companies want to hire tech majors

Strategic Consulting (Non-Japanese affiliated)
In our company's hiring criteria, Must have is logical thinking. In recent years, science students are more likely to be able to use the tools of logical thinking, and many of our employees have science backgrounds, so we are actively hiring science students.
Specialized Mechanical Trading Company
You may have an image of a trading company as a humanities department, but our client is a manufacturer, so you can't be a salesperson unless you have a technical perspective. I listen to the needs of our clients' engineers, discover the issues and propose solutions with our products.
I want you to realize that you can do business with the world, even if you have a science background.
Consultants (Non-Japanese affiliated)
Consultants work through a process of organizing and analyzing issues, exploring the essential problems, and coming up with solutions when solving a client's problems. In this process, science graduates often use the logical explanation skills they have acquired through experiments and research. A basic quality required for consulting work is the ability to think, a skill that allows one to come up with solutions to problems. Many science students are active in this industry, as they have the ability to read a wide range of literature, as well as the curiosity and willingness to work hard.
Japanese Finance
Collaboration with IT is essential for planning financial products using big data and new plans based on a vast amount of data such as customer transaction history. In addition, because the Corporate Sales Department requires a variety of analysis of client companies, there are many people with science backgrounds who make use of their strength in numbers to play an active role. Knowledge of statistics and experience in data collection and analysis in research are often highly valued.
Japanese-affiliated Finance
In order to provide high quality beauty and wellness solutions, such as the use of AI and digital technologies and advanced market analysis through big data analysis, we actively recruit people with science backgrounds such as statistics.
Japanese-affiliated Advertising
The style of science graduates overcoming unanswered questions in their research is very similar to the style of creating new innovations. And in a society where online is the norm, collecting, analyzing, and using data is very important, which is exactly what science graduates do repeatedly in their daily research.