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Persons studying abroad during the period of their enrollment may especially experience some overlap between the study abroad period and the job hunting season. In addition, company recruitment schedules are fluid, and will differ by year, industry, and other factors. You are therefore advised to take steps to remain abreast of the latest situation and to collect relevant information.
While we are aware that job hunting is an important priority for all Keio students, it is also important to ensure that you make the most of your study abroad. Confirm the below points and endeavor to maintain a healthy balance between studying abroad and job hunting.
Job hunting is not limited to attendance at briefing sessions or being selected for interviews. Self-analysis and research on industries and companies can be done at any time and from any location. It is advisable that you have a mental image of your own future at an early stage, both to make the most of your study abroad and to ensure that you have plenty of time for job hunting.
While it is possible to get lots of information on industries and companies from the internet and books, if you wish to get a detailed picture of what is actually involved with particular jobs, you might consider a Senior Alumni Visit or Internship.
There will not be many opportunities for you to visit senior alumni during the study abroad period. Those who are interested in availing of this service are recommended to consider the timing before they leave for overseas.
Job hunting events aimed mainly at Japanese nationals studying abroad sometimes take place at the study abroad destination or neighboring countries during the study abroad period. Recruitment screenings may also take place depending on the timing and content. As such, it is suggested that you check if there are any such events taking place in the destination country for study abroad or in neighboring countries, and whether any industries or companies you are interested in will be taking part.
In recent years, job hunting activities are increasingly internet-based. The internet allows you to both register information (pre-entry) on recruitment sites to coincide with recruitment calls, and to complete actual applications for recruitment screenings (document submission) from anywhere in the world.
It may be advisable to leave a note on your status as currently studying abroad and the schedule for return to your home country when completing online applications (document submission), as well as indicating that you would like this to be taken into consideration when written exams and interview schedules are being decided.
A variety of job hunting fairs and events aimed at persons with study abroad experience are held throughout the year.
Hiring frameworks specifically targeted at people returning from study abroad may also be in place, and you are encouraged to actively stay abreast of such information.
A large variety of information is received at the university from the summer each year, so please get in touch with a careers adviser if you have any concerns or points about which you would like to receive advice, regardless of whether or not you will study abroad.