Why you should consider SMEs as a career option in Japan

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

Author: Claire Liu

Published date: December 9th, 2019

JAL, Mitsubishi, Toyota...big name companies like these are a constant hum amongst the background chatter as we hit job hunting season. There’s a reason why these huge companies are at the top of their respective industries and thus it’s common sense to aim for a career there.

Before we recklessly follow the herd and throw in our applications for the big name companies, it may be a good idea to step back first and consider why are we aiming for them in the first place?

Putting the question in another way: what about the companies that are not one of these big name companies?

Big name companies you often hear about. (Source: logodix)

Most people choose big name companies for their name and stability, but with the benefits comes a heavy burden. This is why if you're lost with your career path, it's important to consider SMEs too.

Wait... what is an SME again?

SME stands for ‘small to medium enterprises’ and refers to a small-scale company that can range from a 5 people home office to a medium sized business of 250~500 employees.

Large corporations tend to dominate the realm of job hunting, but the reality is that SMEs make up the majority of our economy, and they definitely deserve more attention than they currently have. In fact, 90% of the companies in Japan are SMEs and are vital to the economy. The Japanese government has also been putting effort into introducing the SMEs of Japan to the global market. This can be seen through organizations like JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) and SMRJ (SME Support Japan)