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Eagerness, Aptitude, and Human Relations. All Are Tested in Job Hunting Activities.

Naoki Yuasa
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
General Personnel Affairs Center
Recruitment Group Representative Manager

This is a corner to consider what is necessary for students in making choices for their futures.
We asked Mr. Yuasa of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company about job hunting activities, the latest information, and what thinking goes on in recruiting activities.

Contact with businesses is starting earlier, with the majority of decisions made in April.

I am in charge of job hunting activities, but I feel that these activities have changed a great deal in recent years. First of all, the lengthening of the job hunting period is noticeable. Recently, it isn't unusual to see second year students participating in business internships. The period in which students make contact with businesses is becoming earlier when compared with the past. Our company also offers short internships and a business game contest where one can experience managing a pharmaceutical company for a day. This is also a good opportunity for a student to find out if they are suited to that company or type of work. There, for example, even if they aren't accepted by that company, they can feel the hardships of screening and work before starting actual job hunting activities, and because you can find out your own problems, I think it is better to participate.

Another big change in recent job hunting activities, is the concentration on a certain period in decision making by the recruiters. Most major companies will make their decisions between April 1 and the long break in May. This is probably because the type of student each company wants are the same, and they move with the thinking that they want to secure the student at an early stage. When recruiting, our company places focus on "high basic knowledge", "leadership", and "the power to change a situation", but students with these abilities are also popular with other companies.

One should be aware of "the right person in the right place".

When choosing a job, one should go in with the idea of "the right person in the right place". That is, don't just make a judgment from a general reputation, it is necessary to think about whether that job really suits you or not. This should especially be focused on in job type decisions. At the moment, many students base their job hunting activities on "such and such an industry", but by saying "I want to work overseas", or "I want to help customers", is another way of choosing a company through job type.

Also, something I have felt at interviews is the number of students who go straight home after class is on the rise. For me personally, talking about my future career dreams with friends I made in my student days was a great influence. So I think it is a great waste not to make the most of the opportunity to broaden your horizons through circle and seminar activities. Whether you are surrounded by a good circle of friends or not, shows naturally in an interview. I recommend actively building human relations at university.

At life's crossroads, give advice as a senior

Lately, I think parents don't say much about their child's employment. I feel this is because, when asking students at interviews, the reply I got most was, "They say they think I should go for what I want". This is probably because they think "Things are different from my time", and hold back on making comment. But to their children, employment is a big crossroad in their lives. As a model of someone who works and is close to the student, I really want parents to think about talking to their child about their own job. Parents and children should have a good talk about what work is good and what kind of company should be chosen. "Do as you like", are words that should be spoken after that.

There are also some people who think, "Even though I want to give advice, I don't know the standard for choosing a good company". I think a valid indicator for deciding on a company's position toward personnel is the "substantiality of its training programs". This company also puts are lot of effort into personnel training, with new graduates entering the company in April being trained in our Osaka facilities until autumn. When deciding upon a company, there are many factors such as salary and work conditions, but I would be pleased if this is used as a reference when unsure on making a decision.

From the Career Center
It is important to think while taking action

With the start of job hunting activities becoming earlier, many students worry over choosing their preferred industry or job type. An answer won't come if you think over it alone. This is because, even if you analyze your strong and weak points, you can't visualize actual work. Self analysis is important, but by using the opportunity of internships, actively seeking meetings with alumna, and meeting as many people in the workforce as possible, a student's aspiration will firm naturally. It is important to take affirmative action, not just in front of a computer looking at information over the net.

Naoki Yuasa
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
General Personnel Affairs Center
Recruitment Group Representative Manager

Graduated from Waseda University's School of Political Science and Economics in 1995. Entered an international correspondence company on graduation. After time in the sales section was transferred to the personnel section. Since 2000 has spent time in retail and electronic industry recruitment in the educational section before starting his current position.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Founded in 1781. Boasts top sales in the Japanese pharmaceutical industry. Ranked 17th in global sales. Based on "high logical views" and "a strong sense of mission", deals with manufacturing and sales along with new drug development.