Japanese business consulting company
“I think that having experience working at a Japanese company will definitely give me an edge over other non-Japanese who are looking for work in Japan”.
Please tell us how you first got interested and made the decision to do an Internship in Japan.
I had previously spent a semester studying in Tokyo, and I was eager to return. The ICC internship program seemed like the perfect opportunity to return and gain valuable work experience.
What was your first impression of Tokyo and how do you feel about it now?
Tokyo is an amazing city, with so much to explore and so much to do. I never felt bored because it is a city that has a lot to offer.
How was your stay at your shared-house?
My housemates were very kind people. I didn’t get to see much of them, because we all worked on very different schedules. However, when we were able to hang out it was always great fun.
Please tell us about your internship experience.
I had a good time working at my company. I worked everyday from 9am to 6pm. I would occasionally accompany my coworkers to meetings and seminars. My main task was to compile research on the American market for five small and medium sized Japanese companies. Everyone at my office was very kind and helpful. I had the chance to speak one-on-one with almost everyone in my office. They were all very willing to help teach me about the company, and Japanese.
Did you experience any difficulties in the internship?
The biggest challenge for me was the language barrier. The task I was assigned was time consuming, but not very difficult. The environment made the task more problematic, if I needed any help, or just wanted to take a break and chat, I had to do it almost entirely in Japanese, which was tiresome.
I ultimately overcame the struggle through perseverance.
Please tell us about your Japanese language ability before and after this experience. Are you going to continue studying Japanese?
Prior to starting the internship, my Japanese ability really only functioned in a classroom setting. Once I started working in the office, and having to speak Japanese everyday, I forced to use what I knew to communicate. It was difficult, but I feel I improved, and my successes in the office have just made me want to continue studying. I still need to study more, and fully intend on doing so.
What did you learn through your experience in living and working in Japan?
I learned a lot about small and medium sized Japanese companies. I was also forced to seriously consider what I will do after I graduate.
How do you plan to make use of this internship experience? What is your future career plan?
I hope to return to Japan soon and study the language more seriously. I hope to complete at least of intensive Japanese study at a language school, and then start looking for full time work in Japan. I think that having experience working at a Japanese company will definitely give me an edge over other non-Japanese who are looking for work in Japan
Did you accomplish your goals?
I really just wanted to return to Tokyo to work on my language ability, and to visit some old friends. I got to do a lot of both; it was successful eight weeks, in my opinion.
Do you have any advice for people thinking to join and to make the most of their Internship in Japan experience?
The only really advice I can offer someone would be to just do it. Take whatever opportunities are offered to them, and try to make the best out of them. Even if it is difficult or they are frightened, they can still get a lot of doing their best in that situation.