APU attracts students from around the globe, and after they graduate they head back out into the world, including all corners of Japan, to find work or attend graduate school. For this reason, we offer a wide variety of career development programs that coincide with each stage of learning during your four years of university, including comprehensive career development support from the first year. For first and second-year students, we offer ample support in the form of career-oriented regular subjects and internships with the aim of cultivating a career mindset in students and encouraging them to grow by taking initiative on their own accord. Internships can be done at companies or government organizations in Japan or overseas. In AY2015, we launched a new internship program called, Global Internships with Alumni (GAIA), in which students can learn from APU alumni while participating on internships at the companies and organizations to which those alumni belong. For third and fourth-year students, we offer a range of events, from small-group workshops to large guidance sessions. We aim to provide these students with the ability to think about their future careers, not via one-way communication, but through the development of positive feedback loops.
The following is a partial list of the career development programs we offered in AY2015.
- On Campus Recruiting Program（Recruitment Seminars & Screening）
One of the advantages APU students have during the job hunting process is the comprehensive on-campus recruiting system we have put in place. A great benefit of this system, for APU students and recruiting companies alike, is that the entire recruitment process including corporate presentations, examinations and interviews, can be carried out on-campus. Many companies and organization HR representatives take advantage of this system every year helping to secure jobs for our students.
A list of major companies and organizations that have recruited at APU
(as of March 31, 2015)
NB: Available in PDF format
- “GAISHIKEI LEADERS” Lecture Series
“Gaishikei Leaders” is a non-profit community project that was established by the globally active employees of foreign-affiliated firms. It aims to provide its members with opportunities to hone and utilize their skills in accordance with the Meiji Era credo of wakon yosai (“Japanese spirit and Western learning”) in an effort to realize a more open, more vibrant Japan that exists in harmony with the world. (Source: http://gaishikei-leaders.com/)
Haier Asia Co., Ltd ITO Yoshiaki , President & Chief Executive Officer → APU HP News
Title: Getting Ready to Build Your Career as a "Global Leader"
L'Occitane Japon NISHIGUCHI Kazuki, the president → APU HP News
Title: “Personal Growth and Your Career”
Twentieth century Fox Home Entertainment Japan Mr. Tomohiro DOAI, Co-Managing Director
→ APU HP News
Title: “Difficulty nurtures you to grow; What I learnt from Ayataka and Star Wars”
Kellogg Japan IKEGAWA Chie, the Chief Financial Officer Kellogg Japan → APU HP News
Title: “Enhancing the Value of Your Company and Yourself—The Work of a CFO in a Foreign-affiliated Company”
- Industry-specific Guidance Sessions
|Banks||Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation|
|General trading companies||Mitsubishi Corporation; Sumitomo Corporation|
|Specialized trading companies||Inabata & Co., Ltd.; Iwata Sangyo Co., Ltd.; Toyoshima & Co., Ltd.; Hanwa Co., Ltd.|
|Airlines||All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.|
|Hotels||Imperial Hotel, Ltd.|
|Distribution and retail sales||Aeon Retail Co., Ltd; Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd.|
|IT / System||NTT Communications|
|Marine transport||Mitsui O.S.K. Lines|
- Guidance Sessions for Students Seeking Jobs Overseas
■Career guidance sessions
|Guidance sessions for students seeking jobs in Indonesia||Guidance sessions for students seeking jobs in Vietnam|
|Guidance sessions for students seeking jobs in Singapore||Guidance sessions for students seeking jobs in Thailand|
■On-campus recruiting by foreign subsidiaries of Japanese companies
|Toray: Indonesia||JTB PTE Ltd.: Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia|
|INTAGE HOLDINGS Inc.:
Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia
|The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd .: China, Indonesia|
|Panasonic Corporation: Vietnam||Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation: Indonesia|
- Career Planning Week
Many students think that job hunting is merely the process of securing a job offer, but really, it is an opportunity to think about what you can do right now, as well as after graduation, to pave the way for your future as an independent contributing member of society.
The topic for Career Planning Week 2015 was “Motivation through Career Diversity: Ambition, Action and Possibilities,” and it afforded students opportunities to:
(1) Think about their future by learning about various careers and ways of working;
(2) Build expectations and a sense of excitement about entering the real world by providing more opportunities to meet inspiring working people, including alumni, who enjoy what they do.
(3) Reaffirm the importance of studying at APU and their goal to further enrich the remainder of their student lives.
Link to APU news: Career Planning Week 2015
March Internship Partner Companies and Organizations (as of March 31, 2015)
* This link will open as a PDF.
- Career-oriented Regular Lectures
Click here for more information.
- Career-oriented Group Work and Guidance Sessions
|Self-analysis seminars||Group discussion workshops (Basic)|
|Interview tips and tricks seminars (Basic)||Group discussion workshops (Applied)|
|Interview tips and tricks seminars (Applied)||Application writing workshops|
|English resume writing workshops||Discussion meetings with alumni (Career Advisers)|
|Career College *SCA-run events||Job Study|
|Using EOL(comprehensive corporate information database) to Analyze Companies||Using Nikkei Shimbun to Analyze Companies|
- Social Outreach Seminar
Bank of Japan SHIRAKAWA Masaaki, Former Governor → APU HP News
Title: “Monetary Control in an Era of Financial Globalization"
Rakuten, Inc.NODA Koichi, Head of Global Human Resources → APU HP News
Title: “English Skills for a Global Workforce"
Let us introduce two student organizations, Junior Assistant Advisers for Career(JAC) and Student Career Advisers(SCA).
- JAC（Junior Assistant Advisers for Career）
Junior Assistant Advisers for Careers (JACs) are students who primarily offer career development support to first and second-year students. These students plan and implement career guidance sessions and other events for first-year students with the aim of providing an environment where students can think independently about their future and learn to identify clues and possibilities for living life on their own terms.
- SCA（Student Career Advisers）
Student Career Advisers (SCAs) are fourth-year students who have completed their job search and have secured job offers. Drawing from their different values and their wealth of experience, they support underclassmen preparing for the job search by providing them not only with practical job hunting techniques and success stories, but also with insights into their approach to job hunting and ideas about how to find the job that is right for you. They plan and implement the Career Advising Event (CAE) and provide individual assistance, such as tips on how to fill in application forms and handle job interviews.
We offer Career Design subjects to help you define clear goals for your future, and organize internships with companies, organizations, and government agencies. We also invite senior executives from global companies and other top leaders to give lectures on campus. Every year, we implement over 100 events in cooperation with partner companies, alumni, current students, faculty, and staff.
By taking advantage of APU’s career support, students can learn how to think outside the box to decisively select a career path from among the myriad options in the world and go about realizing that career.