Hello, I'm Samin Mostahid
Bachelors in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
English, Japanese, Bengali, Arabic, Hindi
Hi my name is Samin from Bangladesh.
I am a graduate of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University majoring in Business Administrations (Accounting and Finance). In my last year of college I was blessed to get 6 permanent job offers and 1 short contract job offer from big companies, like Microsoft and Dassault Systèmes.
Why did I decide to come to Japan? Ownership, time management, Ikigai - meaning “a reason for being” in Japanese -, and responsibility are some of the many unique soft skills that I aimed to acquire when I first chose Japan as my destination to continue my studies. I was also convinced that Asia is the new future and a very booming place to be at, and for these reasons I chose to focus on studying the business of the Asia Pacific.
What Did You Do During College?
Best Thing I Did During College (Sample)
Man during college I was very active in this English teaching organization called “Eigo Ready” which is an organization that helps teaching kids English. I was the leader for the organization during my 3rd year and we had 20+ members that time. I was grateful for that organization because not only I was able to help Japanese kid improve their skills but also I honed my project management skills and intrapersonal skills because I had to coordinate with the members who were from different countries.
What I wish I did If I could go back (Sample)
One thing that I really wish I did was to do less baito. I know it sounds stupid but when I was 4th year I realized my part time job was something that held me back. I used to work at this really fancy restaurant which paid 2x the average wage of other shops. I was hooked with getting so much which made me blindsided by the fact that I needed REAL experience for my future. I only did 2 internships during college and I could have done 4 If I did not focus so much on getting money for my pockets during summer. It’s really hard to tell students to stop doing baito because they need money to live. But just as an advice, working as an intern for less pay would be more fruitful later in the future.
What Career Advice Would You Recommend Job -Hunters?
Get yourself out there. FAST!
I started job-hunting in my late 3rd year and I did not just go to career forums. Instead I tried out lots of other career events. In October 2018 I participated in an “OB-OG” event (Meet senpais from companies) that hosted 30 big domestic and international companies like Accenture,P&G, Microsoft and more, just to get to know what kind of people that they are looking for. I was so surprised with the fact that there were probably hundreds of people at that event but I did not see any other foreigners aside from myself. I would encourage my friends and kouhais to not feel discouraged with the competition because if you don’t get yourself out there, you wouldn’t know the opportunities that are available for you and improve yourself from experience.
People also often get discouraged with the fact that the competition comes from big name schools but the truth is your skills and experience outweighs the school name. These people from Tokyo University, Waseda, etc would have loads of internship or volunteer activities written in their resume but we often see them as just a graduate of a top institution. If you put yourself in that same level of proactivity then the university you come from wouldn't really matter as much.
Gain Experience, Experience, and Experience!
Speaking of internships, throughout my university years I did internships at Fujitsu, Daimler Mitsubishi Fuso, Sony, Foster electric and more. These internship experiences helped me enriched my resume and my knowledge. You should actively look for internships from your first year, and focus on 1-2 industries that you have a keen interest in to build a strong experience.
I always had interest in IT or Tech but that does not mean you have to do an internship as an engineer or a technician. I did business related positions during my internships and it is a mix of long term and short term programs. What I am trying to say is don’t limit yourself to opportunities! Being only a first year or second year is not a reason not to look for chances. As far as I know, doing internships during your 3rd year in Japan would be considered late because that time you should already be preparing for your interviews. Start early on piling up experiences to get yourself prepared. Don’t come to job fairs in hopes to find something that fits you. If you are doing this you are basically trying your luck to get a job. And maybe you will find one but that job might not be the one thing that you wanted to do.
Build a Support System
I think it is a good idea for job-seekers to find a mentor, be it from your university’s career office or a person you know from the industry or even a friend. Likewise, find a support system – like friends who are also job hunting and will mutually share important information.
Even if you are Japanese, having a mentor would be very important to help guide you and most importantly have someone to be there for you. Because Job-hunting can be stressful and having someone that supports you will keep you on track not just emotionally but also keeping you up to date with interviews of companies or career related events. Some people cannot take rejection well which most of the time leads to stress. I mean who doesn’t we’re talking about your future here. I personally felt grateful for the people that were around me, especially knowing that they were as happy as I was when they heard the news of my offer.
What are the Benificial Skills Needed To Work in Japan?
Japanese Skills of Course but What's More Important is . . .
Of course when you live in Japan you would need Japanese to survive. Especially at work. It is a necessary skill to have that and I would advise students to get at least N2 when they are in their 3rd year of university.
The thing is I know a LOT of talented people that I look up to but I just feel sad that they end up leaving even though they wanted to find a job. I just feel like some students don’t have the confidence to continue learning Japanese and go for interviews because of the possibility of failure. On the other hand, some also decide to go forward with mediocre bilingual positions whereas in terms of skills, they are very talented and have the potential to make an impact. We’re not Japanese, don’t expect yourself to a level you can read, write and speak like one in just 4 years. It’s the willingness to grow that really matters and your skill sets as well as knowledge is as important to keep improving.
The Art of Research
I strongly suggest honing your researching skills. You need to stand out and researching will help you to be highlighted. When you are an applicant don’t see yourself as a product but see yourself as a “value”. From doing thorough research of the company and the industry you want to work in, this can help you understand what the company's position is and where it wants to go so you can reflect how you can bring value to that company’s vision. What you can do when you do your research is to focus on these 3 points.
The content of the company’s business
2. Does the work apply to your skills?
3. Tailor the skill sets you write in your resume according to the business content and skills they want based on the position.
Why do I mention Tailor? Let’s say if you apply for a finance position and the company that you are applying for really values teamwork, you should write your resume based on these aspects that they are looking for in you. This is where research comes in handy. I see lots of people just cramping their CV with experiences that are unrelated to the position or industry just to show what they had done which is no problem at all as it shows how active you are as an individual. But I like to think of it in this analogy.
“ If someone is only looking to buy a fish, would offering that person a cake be a good idea? ”
That is why I said it is really important to get lots of experience and focus on a certain industry because when it comes to this moment in the process, there are lots of things you would be able to talk about that is related to the company that you are applying for.