Career Development & Job-Hunting

1. Job-hunting in Japan

With the rapid progress in globalization among businesses in Japan, businesses are actively hiring more and more international students. At the same time, more international students are willing to work in Japan after graduation. To land on a job you want, it is crucial that you understand the processes and be well prepared before starting your job-hunt. Refer to the followings for a brief job-hunting flow, supports available on-campus, and useful links.

↓ Discover your strengths, interests, and values
Industry / Corporate Exploration
↓ Understand what kind of industries and jobs are out there
Resume / Cover Letter Preparation
↓ Sell your potentials and competences
Written Exam
↓ Measure your potentials and competences
↓ Present yourself to companies
Accepting an Offer

Job-hunting in Japan usually starts about one year before graduation, or half a year for students graduating in the fall (plan accordingly). International students often struggle due to the language barrier or overlap between the thesis writing period and job-hunting period. Before you step into the world of Japanese job-hunting, please ask yourself: "What is the reason I want to work in Japan?"

2. Career Services in Nagoya University

Nagoya University provides a various career development services. Join events, workshops, and information sessions proactively.

(1) Career Support Center
There are various programs and services organized by the Career Support Center throughout the year. Check out career-related books and articles; browse job-openings and internship information.

Address: Student Support Bldg. 1F
Open:Mon-Fri (except holidays) 8:30-17:15

Aigi Career Development Consortium for International Student
This consortium, organized through the cooperation of universities, local governments, economic organizations, and corporate support groups in Aichi and Gifu Prefectures, assists international students seeking employment and career opportunities at companies in Japan.

(2) Doctoral Student Career Development
Doctoral Student Career Development supports postdoctoral fellows (postdocs) and students in the latter stages of their doctorates in building their career paths.

3. Internship

Joining an internship will be a great opportunity for international students to have a glimpse of what it is like to work for a Japanese company.

(1) Internship program for international students
Nagoya University encourages international students to participate in “Internship Program for International Students” hosted by the Aichi Prefectural Government and Nagoya Employment Service Center for Foreigners, which takes place during Spring and Summer breaks. Please visit "Aichi Prefectural Government International Affairs" and "Nagoya Employment Service Center for Foreigners" websites introduced in 5. Links to the useful information resources.

(2) Internship program for Nagoya University students
The Career Support Center holds prep sessions, individual counseling, and follow-up sessions every year to ensure students to take full advantage of their internship experiences. For details, please refer to NU portal “Career Information” tab.

(3) Other internship opportunities
You may also obtain internship information through company websites and job information websites. Keep yourself updated with the latest information available to you.

4. Obtaining a status of residence for work

(1) International students are required to change their resident status in order to work in Japan after graduation.

(2) If you are unable to find a job by the time of graduation and wish to continue job hunting, you must change your status of residence to "Designated Activities".
Immigration Services Agency of Japan

5. Links to useful information

Next are links to websites that may help international students on job-hunting and information gathering, etc.
Check their websites on a regular basis as they update information about career-related events and guidance sessions.