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Info for Prospective Students

Please follow this link for services offered to Companies and Organizations interested in recruiting IUJ Students.

Services IUJ offer's IUJ Students in the Job and Internship hunt, and career development

IUJ supports students with internship and job hunting before they even get to campus. With a Facebook support group, email advice, resume critiques, a full career workshops, Career Development classes, and 1-on-1 career coaching with the career counselor, IUJ provides proactive assistance.

Prospective student wishing to learn more, after reading the information below, please contact the Career Counselor

What are this year's results?

Quick Summary of 2014 results as of July 2014

IUJ Career Placement Rates solid for The Class of 2014

More companies came to IUJ to give presentations and meet IUJ students than ever before. As a result, 71% of GSIR and 75% of MBA students who were active job hunters had at least 1 offer before graduation, including a long-term internship. One-third of the MBA candidates had multiple offers! Of the remaining candidates, 1 student was nearing 2 different offers at the time of writing, and the prospect for others was good for placement within 3 months of graduation. For our Ebiz candidates, who graduate in late August, 60% have an offer (including 1 special internship) and the remaining candidates are on track for offers before graduation (which is 6 weeks away). Difficulties in making employment matches came as a result of over experience for what some of the companies were expecting, or a lack of Japanese language skills in the candidate to fulfill the role available at the company.

IUJ is very proud of our internship program, with a placement rate over 130% this year. This means that several students had 2 internships, and a few even had 3 different experiences during the 3-month summer break. Diversity remains high with students participating in positions within the UN system and research institutes, in banking and insurance companies like Mizuho Corporate Bank and AIG, in various consulting firms such as Skylight and CoachA, and in Japanese industry leaders like Hitachi, Mitsubishi and Nippon Express. The outlook remains as positive with more and more of IUJ's Global Partners coming on board with exciting projects. The challenge IUJ students face is time management to ensure they can study hard and have time for their internship and job hunt as well. FULL REPORT For a full report, including lists of where IUJers were employed and interned, please see the Placement Report at http://www.iuj.ac.jp/career/ The future is bright for IUJ job hunters!

ALUMNI Career Paths

Where do IUJ graduates work after IUJ?

Here is a list of examples of where privately-sponsored IUJers from 2010-2014 found employment, including charts of industries popular among recent graduates.

What kind of career paths have IUJ students taken?

What jobs do IUJ graduates aim for?

The IUJ Career Coach encourages each IUJ student to find their own professional goals, and plan to reach them by customizing their time at IUJ.  Students need not limit themselves based on what other IUJ students have done. That said, each of our programs is focused on preparing a different kind of professional.  Choosing your base program is important for your future.  Please use this guide to find your match.

In short, the following career areas are popular among our private (those not coming with prior employment sponsorship) students:

Finance fields, investment banking, general banking, consulting (IT, Management) marketing, general business, trade relations, etc. etc.

IT Consulting, general management, B2B business divisions, internet/webpage development firms, mobile industry, etc. etc.

International Development/Economics
Development consulting or organizations, Micro financing, research, investment banks, government positions for sustainable development, etc.

Public Management
Governments and international organizations in leadership, management and project cycle management roles, UN various offices, Project evaluation and development planning project creation roles.

International Relations/Peace Studies
PhDs, academics, research, university level teaching, journalism, diplomatic circles, politics, international organizations, UN various offices and volunteering programs, banking, general business, peace keeping missions, relief missions, election monitoring, etc. etc.

Alumni Showcases

What kinds of careers do successful alumni achieve?

IUJ Career Counseling and Services assist IUJ full-time* students in their job & internship search in the following ways:

  • Provides guidance and career readiness skills before arriving on campus.
  • Provide Information on Bulletin Boards, IUJ LAN and email messages, in the Career Library, and online on the Web Page
  • Distribute student resumes to key contacts in a Resume Book each October, and online year round (always updateable), and at the request of student or company.
  • Offer workshops and one-on-one counseling for Career Exploration, Resume and Rirekisho Writing, Cover letters, Interview Techniques, Job Search Techniques, Application Writing, etc.
  • 1-on-1 counseling focuses on the development of a job hunt plan that both the student and career counselor commit to.
  • Offer Briefing Sessions to inform students of resources on campus they can utilize, remind them of job/internship hunting strategies, and more.
  • Assist in Networking through such programs as A-CAN (Alumni Career Advisory Network), Mentor Networks and using IUJ staff and faculty connections, Alumni and Industry panels and more.  Introduce effective use of LinkedIn communities.
  • Nurture existing relationships with corporate/organization relationships and create new opportunities for internships and careers based on student interests
  • Track each students interests and activities to be sure they are making progress. Keep in close contact with each student on an individual basis to be sure they are receiving the assistance they need.
  • Provide go-between assistance in working with Japanese companies and companies in Japan.
  • Interest headhunters (executive search firms) around the world in IUJ students to help students look in the region of their choice or outside of the CC&S programs in Tokyo and SE Asia.

* Exchange and Special students may participate in everything except being in the IUJ Resume Books and on-campus interviewing if there are regular IUJ students available for the position. Exchange and Special students must take all necessary steps to obtain a proper work visa or a visa that allows internships after they are no longer an IUJ student. See information on After the Search for Exchange and Special Students or ask CC&S for information.

Why Go-Between Assistance is Necessary

The Japanese corporate culture is changing fast. However, many still have rigid recruiting policies and do not respond well to direct contact from MA and MBA holders. They prefer for the institution (IUJ) to introduce and recommend candidates.  Most will insist on completing "Entry Forms" online along with their regular employment recruiting cycles.  IUJ staff and faculty can help ease some of these practices to make them more open for IUJ students to penetrate.

We ask our students NOT to contact Japanese companies in Japan directly, unless it is posted otherwise. When you do, the following can occur.

  • The company calls the CC&S to ask why you have contacted them directly (please be sure we know you are contacting them so we can support you when this call comes - ASK us first)
  • The company calls to complain to the CC&S that IUJ students are calling them, and to ask us to stop them
  • You get completely ignored
  • You might be interrupting negotiations between IUJ and the company that we are not at liberty to announce

The CS&S works hard behind the scenes. We are not always able to tell students everything that is going on because the company requests confidentiality. As soon as we are allowed to make information public, we do so. Please ask us about Japanese companies and what we recommend for each one.

IUJ's Annual Resume Book

Every year, IUJ publishes a Resume Book in October for those seeking an internship or career opportunity. Being in the Resume Book is one way CC&S assists students with the job or internship hunt. Deadlines for submissions are in early October. Workshops and information are provided before the deadlines.

CC&S distributes the bi-lingual (English and Japanese) Resume Book to companies, organizations, special Executive Search Firms and specific alumni mainly in Japan, but to some extent overseas as well. Resumes must be in IUJ's Skills Based Resume format for this book. Students are listed in alphabetical order. Cross reference sections allows for other exposure. Students may also be listed on the ONLINE Resume/Job Book.

Companies wishing to receive a resume book, please ask to be put on our mailing list. Send your name and email address to: ccs@iuj.ac.jp -- it is free of charge for those recruiting through IUJ services.. See our updated online version of the Resume Book.

To learn more, please see an Overview of Services for Companies and contact us for details.
Going on Exchange?

Students planning to be away during the Fall Term on Exchange Programs are encouraged to submit updated resumes  before they depart for the Summer Vacation if they want to be included in the Resume Book the year they graduate. If you are not in the Resume Book our ability to help you is greatly hampered.

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