Ms. 劉雪格 (China, 24, IT)

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Name Ms. 劉雪格(24)
Nationality China
Company 株式会社バク宙Click to view JIKOPY job openings
Type of Industry IT
Occupation Type Media and Communication
Residence Tokyo
Japanese Skills Before Employment:JLPT N1
Current level:JLPT N1
Experience living abroad (In Japan) Chuo University
Last level of Education (Before Japan) Harbin Normal University High School
Work Experience in Japan None

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Why do you want to work in Japan?

Tell us about your interests and motives of coming to Japan.
When I was in high school, Japanese dramas and anime became very popular in China, and I started to watch alot of Japanese related shows. Eventually, I started to take notice and gain interest in Japanese culture from dramas, sceneries, food and news regarding Japan.

When did you start work in Japan?
At 22 years old, because I decided that I want to live in Japan.

Why do you want work in Japan?
At 23 years old.

Why do you want work in Japan?

  1. To make use of my Japanese language skills and my native language at the same time.

Tell us about your job search for work in Japan.

What was your method of job searching?

  1. Recommendation from someone I know.

What was your criterion when choosing a company?

  1. Interest in the company.
  2. A company that provides adequate training or education after hiring.
  3. A company where I can learn and further my career in the future.

When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?
Japanese written tests, SPI, and aptitude tests are too difficult for foreigners.

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Tell us about your current employment.

Tell us about your main work role/responsibility. 
My main role is website translation. However, I am also responsible for data registration, JIKOPY users’ registration and administration as well. I find it very interesting, and I usually learn new skills on the job.

What do you think was the reason you were hired?
Japanese companies in this generation is constantly evolving and emerging into international markets. Such as international trade, globalisation and other duties that may require traveling to other countries, being able to speak a foreign language is sometimes necessary. Therefore, multilingual foreigners can be useful to many companies in Japan. Also, acquiring opinions from foreigners can be invaluable in order to learn and adapt to the foreign market, which is most likely the reason why I was recruited.

Tell us about what you consider important and concerns you (in your workplace) other than your job. 
In both work and everyday life, do not just focus on one’s self, but also others around you. Like helping a fellow workmate, and always be aware and observant in your own surroundings. I find this quite important.

What is the appealing factor/attractive feature of your current employment?
To this day, the internet (for research, etc.) is widely used in the company I’m working in. I have always interest in working in a company related to IT. The easily accessible internet is rich with knowledge, which I think is very wonderful. This is what I find appealing in this company.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.
Working culture in Japanese companies is very different in many aspects compared to companies in China. I feel that I am able to work on my personal growth and development if I work in a Japanese company. When I was a first year University student, I learnt about the three employment types in Japan. In the three types of employment, the lifetime employment system seemed to be the most suitable for me due to its stability (I don’t have to worry about unemployment after recruitment). This was when I decided I want to work in Japan.

Are there any other struggles you are facing at work in Japan? How did you manage to deal with it?
The hardest struggle is of course, words. An expat is always an expat – and even if you are fluent in Japanese, there is always a time where there are situations you find difficult to explain. Depending on how you use your words, meanings are interchangeable – and some might take it the wrong way. That is why, to get out of that awkward and uncomfortable situation, studying Japanese diligently is inevitable, in my opinion. That is the only way to solve this problem.

Tell us about your job aspirations (career developments) in the future.
Besides improving every aspect of my work role, I want to build a good connection with my colleagues. In the future, I would like to enter the fashion industry. My mother is a fashion designer, and when I was younger, I have always wanted to follow my mother’s footsteps.

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Tell us about what you do in your everyday life in Japan.

What type of accommodation do you have in Japan?
I am currently living independently in a rented apartment in Tokyo.

How did you find an accommodation when you first came to Japan?
When I first came to Japan, I stayed in a language school dormitory. After passing my University entrance exam, I found an apartment to rent through a Japanese real estate website.

How do you spend the holidays here?
I often go shopping or go out with my friends during the holidays. I usually go to Shinjuku, Harajuku, Omotesando, Aoyama, Azabujuban, etc. for meals and shopping.  If I don’t have any plans with my friends, I like to relax at home. I have the ability to sleep for the entire day when I have a day off! Sometimes when I feel like going to the library, I would stay in the library for the whole day too.

Are there any struggles that you are experience while living in Japan? How are you dealing with this issue?
When you apply for a Japanese credit card, rent an accomodation, apply for family visa (for my family), you need a Japanese person or a person earning a stable income in Japan as a guarantor. I don’t have any close Japanese friends, and it was very troublesome and problematic. To this day, I still find it extremely bothersome.

Other than living in Japan, tell us about your dreams and goals you are aiming for. 
If I had the chance, time and money, I definitely want to travel around the world for a year! A year of me-time would be a good. I want to make more friends, and I want to earn my own money. I want to be a better person. I have too many goals and dreams, but for now, my priority is to do a Master’s degree in Japan.

Those who want to live abroad or work in Japan, what would you like to say to them?
Working in Japan is not easy, and everything is fast paced. However, extracting that experience from your job is invaluable. If you put the mind and effort into it, you can do anything! I believe this, and I am working hard for it. Whatever it is, go for it!!