With the rise of globalization, the number of companies looking to recruit foreign students increase every year, and about 60% of graduating foreign students want to work in Japan. However, in reality, only 28.2 % of foreign graduates were able to fulfill their dreams of finding full-time employment in Japan in 2010. Many universities in Japan incorporate career support for foreign students into programs tailored to Japanese students. It is time for them to offer career support specialized to the needs of foreign students.
Temple University, Japan Campus, founded in 1982, is the oldest and largest American university in Japan. They have been offering not only professional career support by the Career Development Office, but also a special course for foreign students who want to find employment in Japan after graduation. In this seminar, first, Kentaro Sawa (Manager of the TUJ Career Development Office)explained how Japanese “shuukatsu” (job-hunting) is carried out, and next, Asako Yamaguchi (Assistant Professor of Japanese) discussed how language teachers can help foreign students finding jobs in the framework of a language course. For the past 3 years, Temple University, Japan Campus has been offering the “Advanced Oral Japanese Course,” in which they support students acquiring basic business Japanese language by preparing them for resume writing as well as job interviews, and having them experience business communication through SWOT analyses and presentations. What they believe is important is that the career staff and the language teacher work together to help students get ready for job-hunting both academically and psychologically. In this presentation, they talked about the above issues and how they had been cooperating to accomplish our goals.