Marketing Specialist at one of the biggest WiFi Router Companies.
“I was one of the few lucky ones to get hired directly because of the internship. I hope to work and live here for many years to come and advance within the company.”
Please tell us how you first got interested and made the decision to do an Internship in Japan.
I wanted to do something I always wanted to do and go back to Japan. I wanted to work and live in Japan.
What was your first impression of Tokyo and how do you feel about it now?
It was similar to New York City, lots of people wherever you go, skyscrapers abound and people were not as friendly as where I went to college in Okayama. I have gotten used to living in Tokyo. I have a better understanding of Tokyo in terms of how the city is laid out. The complex train system makes a lot more sense too. Way of life here is definitely fast paced and important to find alone time in a big city like this.
How was your stay at your shared-house?
They were for the most part good to live with. Most of the time no one was home due each of our busy lives. They were interested in the same things as me, like traveling, eating, and going out with friends. As for the activities we did together, we played sports on a weekly basis and sometimes would do some sightseeing together.
Please tell us about your internship experience.
My internship was at a tech company that dealt with WiFi Routers. I was scheduled to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I was to help them manage and develop their social networking sites, mainly Facebook and Twitter. I had a great relationship with my mentor and co-workers. Everyone was very welcoming of me into the company. We would go out for dinner after work and build those important relationships needed to work in a company in Japan.
What did you learn through your experience in living and working in Japan?
I learned a lot about how it is to work in Japan. Company cultures vary from country to country and you have to expect it will not be the same as it was at home. I also learned that it is important to build relationships within the company along with working hard to really get anywhere in the company.
How do you plan to make use of this internship experience? What is your future career plan?
I was one of the few lucky ones to get hired directly because of the internship. I am currently back working in Japan after a short stint back in the US. I hope to work and live here for many years to come and advance within the company.
Did you accomplish your goals?
My main goal was to actually land a job whether it was with the company I was interning with or another. I also wanted to get myself acclimated with Tokyo more. I got the job and also feel Tokyo is my home now.
Please tell us about your Japanese language ability before and after this experience.
I would say my Japanese ability was sort of conversational before coming for the internship. I already had done a student exchange program in Japan previously. But business level Japanese is on a whole different level. So it takes getting used and there was a lot of learn. I am still learning but the key is to always try to improve your Japanese. I am actively studying everyday at work and studying by myself on the weekends.
Do you have any advice for people thinking to join and to make the most of their Internship in Japan experience?
Come here with an open mind and embrace the differences within the culture. Japan is very different from most other places in the world, which offers a different perspective on everything.