Ms. Silvia Paro (Italy, 28, HR Service)

From Italy, Ms. Silvia Paro is currently working at Asia Marketing Co.,Ltd, a consulting company in Japan that supports management consulting, market consulting, international student support, interpretation and translation, etc. She is working as a HR coordinator based in Fukuoka.(JIKOPY)

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Name Silvia Paro (28)
Nationality Italy
Company Asia Marketing Co., Ltd.
Industry Recruitment agency for foreigners
Career Sales and Marketing
Residence Fukuoka
Japanese Skills Before Japan:JLPT-N2
Experience studying abroad (Japan) Yes
Last Level of Education (Before Japan) University Graduate
Work Experience before Japan Over 3 years

Why do you want to work in Japan?

Tell us about your interests and motives of coming to Japan.
I started to have an interest in Japan since I was a child. Watching Japanese anime gave me a first idea of the “Japanese world” and when I grew up I started to be keen on Japanese literature (e.g. Banana Yoshimoto) and any book regarding Japanese culture. Since then my passion for Japan has constantly increased and that’s why I decided to start learning Japanese.

When did you decide that you want to work in Japan?
Around 28 years old

When did you start work in Japan?
At 28 years old

Why do you want to work in Japan?

  • 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?

  • Career fairs and job-related events in Japan.


What was your criterion when choosing a company?

  1. A company that will allow me to do various jobs.
  2. A company that provides adequate training / education after hiring.
  3. A company where I can learn and further my career for the future.


When attempting to get a job in Japan, what was your biggest challenge?

  • Inadequate amount of companies offering positions which make use of the skills and abilities of foreigners.


Tell us about your current employment.

Tell us about your main work role/responsibility.
I am responsible for the good matching of foreign candidates who wish to work in Japan with the needs of Japanese companies who want/need international staff in their team.

Tell us about what you consider important and concerns you (in your workplace) other than your job.
Dealing with people and their job aspirations, and companies’ needs is not as easy as I thought. All the candidates registered in our company come from different countries and it is not surprising that dealing with every single different mentality and culture, as well as mutual understanding in every situation is neither easy nor always possible. This frustrates me sometimes and that’s why I consider face to face meeting extremely important (instead of phone calls) and I usually spend much “quality” time during interviews.

What is the appealing factor/attractive feature of your current employment?
Having the chance to know Japanese companies better and what their concerns are when considering to hire international staff is a good start and study point for me. From what I learn every day I can always find new ways for helping job seekers in Japan and at the same time improve the way the recruitment process is usually carried out.

Tell us about working in Japan.

Tell us why working in Japan appeals to you.
Working in Japan surprisingly gives a lot of careers opportunities that cannot be found anywhere. And being a foreigner able to speak Japanese may connect you to a wide range of business chances that you can (with a little effort) handle with the right support of good Japanese colleagues.

Are there any other struggles you are facing at work in Japan?
Could sound trivial but Japanese language was and is still the biggest struggle I face every day since I came here. I love the way Japanese people help me (doesn’t happen anywhere in the world) but I think that it will take some more years to gain more confidence.

Tell us about your job aspirations (career developments) in the future.
I would like to build a career in a multicultural environment and use Japanese English (and Italian and German) as a bridge for connecting the rest of the world to Japan. I hope to find here what I am looking for.

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

What type of accommodation do you have in Japan?
I am currently renting an accommodation.

How did you find an accommodation when you first came to Japan?
Student dormitory of Japanese school.

How do you spend the holidays here?
I usually stay home during the weekend and go out and party both with my japanese and international friends. During official holidays I like to make short trips here around the Kyushu area and try any local food.

Any words for those who wish to work in Japan?
If you really love Japanese culture it is worth to spend at least a part of your life here.