"Interning in foreign country is fun. I have gained a better understanding regardin Japan's labor force, business etiquette and life style.
“I strongly felt it is essential to gain professional skills and manners before starting a full time job”
Interning in foreign country is fun. I like to experience different kinds of cultures. My specific choice for Japan is triggered by my interest in the country since I was young and I learned some Japanese at university. However it’s always good to practice the language locally.
“Tokyo is clean, organized, friendly, modern and international”
Japanese people are busy and always working way too hard. My feeling now hasn’t changed that much as my home country is close to Japan, where I already learned some unbiased knowledge about Tokyo.
“We attended business social events, celebrated holidays, went to fun food adventures together”
I lived on my own so I don’t have roommates. However, I got to know other international people in Tokyo. Most people work for international companies compared with those working for local Japanese companies. Industries vary from finance, IT to hospitality. I found out that most expats are interested in the language and in doing business.
My daily schedule:
08:00 am: wake up
08:30 eat breakfast at home
09:00 Leave home
09:30 Start work
18:00 leave office
19-22:30 social activity, sightseeing and dinner in Tokyo 11:00 arrive home
00:00 go to sleep
“I realized that it is better to be a fast learner and I need to improve the ability to absorb new things faster”
My responsibilities for the internship involved: providing daily administrative support, making cold calls, researching possible clients and receiving training about industry and company
I kept a close relationship with my supervisor (senpai) compared with other colleagues because my supervisor guided me what to do. However, if other co-workers needed any support, I assisted them as well. The office is small sized and I didn’t encounter any strict hierarchy. People work independently and treat each other in an equal and fair way.
“I have gained a better understanding regarding Japan’s labor force, business etiquette and life style”
I really didn’t experience any difficulty during the internship. However, it takes time for me to get familiar with certain terms and knowledge associated with the job.
“Use the connection I know from work and offsite to seek possible business opportunities for the future”
I aim to use the connection I know from work and offsite to seek possible business opportunities for the future. Hopefully, I can seize a full time back in Tokyo after graduation.
“My goals coming to Japan are to practice professional skills, observing Japanese style of living and maybe improve my Japanese language”
My goals coming to Japan were to improve my professional skills, observing Japanese style of living and maybe improve my Japanese language. I am more content with the first two goals. However, since the company I interned with didn’t require any Japanese skills, my Japanese is left out with more space to catch up.
“My rating for this whole experience”