Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



Interview with Mr. Alan Schroeder, APU Graduate and Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Japan


Aug 10, 2010

On Friday, July 30, 2010, APU graduate, Alan Schroeder (MBA, spring'08, Canada), made a visit to the APU campus and spoke at a career seminar with a group of current students. Currently working as the Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Japan, Mr. Alan Schroeder spoke about working in the field of international diplomacy. He also reflected on his time here at APU and offered a message of support to current students.

Describing his current role and responsibilities at the Canadian embassy, Mr. Schroeder said, "My role as a trade commissioner is to help promote trade between Canada and Japan, promote Japanese investment in Canada, encourage and strengthen partnerships in the field of science and technology, and help to maintain a good relationship between these two countries".

After gaining a few years of valuable work experience at a Japanese company, Mr. Schroeder chose to pursue his higher studies at the APU Graduate School in 2006. Mr. Schroeder spoke of how he learnt to balance his time between extracurricular and academic endeavors while excelling at both. Looking back on his two years at APU, Mr. Schroeder said, "The international atmosphere, courses and seminars, combined with the numerous opportunities to hear directly from many government officials and ambassadors, has helped me to realize my dream of someday working in an international work environment. In particular, working as a Teaching Assistant (TA) helped me to develop better leadership skills while the MBA course compelled me to make a lot of presentations and write, quite literally, volumes of essays and reports. These writing and presentation skills have proven to be vital in my current career".

At the end of his talk, Mr. Schroeder urged current students to enjoy the various opportunities APU can provide and offered the students a message of encouragement, "always have a goal and keep thinking about the ways to reach it. Be patient; you might not be able to reach your goal right away. But never give up. Just keep your eyes fixed on your goal and you will surely fulfill your destiny".

This was a wonderful opportunity for current APU students to hear from a graduate active in the field of international diplomacy. Let's look forward to more students following in Mr. Schroeder's footsteps.

Reporter, Student Press Assistant (SPA): Joshi Ratala Dinesh Prasad (APS3, Nepal)

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