Saturday, November 19, 2016

Job Hunting in Japan

Seriously can time fly any faster?
While I'm both happy and relieved that a week of midterms have already finished, leaving me with only one more week, I am struggling to keep up with the pace of time.
I have so much to do and so little time.
Can someone please invent some time portal-esque creation to increase the day to maybe 36 hours without having to worry about aging?
First semester of senior year is already half gone and I am furiously doing anything I can to end up working in the industry that I want to be in.
I am also in denial that I actually need to buy a "Shukatsu" suit, aka a f***ing expensive ensemble that the Japanese society quietly forces future graduates to buy as a way of proving assimilation to the social standards so that we can land a job.
Everyone around me has already bought one but I've actually been getting interviews without one, and making good impressions (I think I do, at least) - I'm questioning why it is really necessary to "spend" so much money when we are actually trying to find a job to "make money." I'm seeing so many contradictions in this annual social norm that make me question what "professionalism" and "being qualified" is according to those elites who have the honor of either giving us a thumbs up or the "you're not assimilated enough to social norms so we don't want you."
I've heard of some pretty horrific stories of extremely qualified people being rejected because they are "too qualified" or even on TV when the senpais rank universities according to "who they don't want working under them" reasoned partly with the statements like "they're stuck up (author's note: yes, that's understandable) because they're more qualified (ok hold up, maybe this means that the more qualified should be in charge of you?)."
Compared to Western norms, it is the age, not experience, that is rather stressed as being important and I feel like the there is an existing belief that companies would prefer hiring those that can cater towards their beliefs rather than provide new ideas.
Of course, I cannot think a greater time for desperate graduates in which companies willingly accept tens of new employees to their company at the same time.
It's just that some things I just don't agree with.

中間テスト一週目が終わり、残すはもう一週間です。
試験はほとんど終わったのですが、レポートが。。。(泣)
周りの友達が皆ボストンキャリアフォーラムに参加するために授業を一週間ほど休んでいます。
わたしは一人で日本に残っているいるのですが、就活を必死に頑張っている日本人を見て本当に疑問に思うことがたくさん出てきます。
まず日本人はなぜ仕事をもらうために高い就活スーツを買ったり、日本の会社に就職するために海外で行われるキャリアフォーラムに参加したり、何十万も交通費を使うのでしょうか。就職をしてお金を稼ぐためになぜこんなにお金を使うのですか?
また、なぜ皆同じ格好でないといけないのですか?個性というよりかは企業内を一色に染めようとしている風にしか見えません。
「これが普通だよ。」や「日本のやり方だから。」という答えを聞くのですが、ちゃんとした論理的(?)な理由をいまだに聞くことができていません。
もちろん企業にこのように一気に新入社員を迎えてもらえるというのは学生からしてはとても安心できるイベントでもあるのですが、色々とわたしが育ってきた中持っていた考えとは正反対のことが起きている気がしてあまりついていけてません。
わたしは周りとは違う、自分が納得している方法で興味のある企業の方と連絡を取ったり、面接をさせていただいたりしているので、自分なりに頑張りたいと思います。

Film I watched this week:


1 comment:

  1. 色々とストレスが溜まりますね。これが日本だと思って辛抱してください。
    あと1週間風邪ひかないようテスト頑張ってーー。

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