Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Round Table Discussion with Staff of the World Bank

Nov 2, 2007

On Tuesday 23rd October, a round table discussion was held with Mr. OMORI Koichi, Communications Officer at the Tokyo Office of the World Bank, and 20 students interested in finding employment at the World Bank and other international organisations.

This informal discussion was made possible as a result of Mr. Omori's attendance at APU as one of the lecturers of the International Organisation Relay Lectures, which are taking place this fall semester.

At the discussion, Mr. Omori gave a brief overview of the World Bank's activities, explained the recruitment pattern to the students, and then gave a general outline of the recruitment process, highlighting three main points about the type of individuals sought by the World Bank.

The first type is the specialized individual, who delves deep into their own area of expertise and seeks to become a professional in that field. Together with expertise in a particular area, individuals who also possess a wide range of skills and knowledge are sought after. At this point, Mr. Omori urged the students to think carefully about what they want to specialize in when they obtain their degree and go on to graduate studies.

The second type, as explained by Mr. Omori, is the individual with proficiency in English. In the head office of the World Bank and even in the Tokyo office, all affairs are carried out in English, therefore the ability to assemble reports and hold discussions in English is essential.

Finally, the World Bank highly values work experience related to developing countries. Mr. Omori expressed that the main duty of the World Bank is to assist developing countries by way of financial loans and if the applicant has neither lived in a developing country nor worked in a job related to a developing country, then they will not be suitable for this occupation. He then advised the students to write up a clear 10-year career plan after graduating from university, in order to pave their way to a job at the World Bank.

"I want to work for an international organisation, but at the moment I am unable to undertake sufficient study in a specialised field, so how should I best spend my student life?" was a question from one student, and after responding with his own experiences of student and work life, Mr. Omori gave this final message "You may want to avoid organising the club secretariat because of all the troublesome work it involves, but there is in fact a similar activity at the World Bank in the shape of the Project Management Circle... There are so many things you can do and learn on this campus, just stretch up your antenna and lead as fulfilling a student life as possible."

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