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Spring Verdure Issue (May. 2013)

NEWS REPORT

2-month delay in lifting of ban on corporate PR activities

2012 employment conditions

There was a major change in job-searching activities in 2012. According to the "Charter of Ethical Corporate Hiring" enacted by the Keidanren, the lifting of the ban on corporate PR activities was delayed by 2 months until December 1st. As a result, the lifting of the ban on employment information sites was also delayed by 2 months.

Waseda University should welcome these changes because they allow students to concentrate on their classes. In order to further encourage students to concentrate on their studies, the Career Center made video recordings of employment-related lectures and seminars as much as possible. These videos were distributed on our university's on-demand lesson system Course N@vi so that they can be viewed at any time.

Originally, despite the delay in corporate information sessions, there was no change in the date for submitting resumes to corporations. This created concern that the period of corporate research would be shortened. However, there was actually very little impact and there was no significant change in the acquirement of job offers by students.

*Percentage of students reporting on career path
*Employers of at least 20 students
*Numbers in the chart are based on a survey by the Career Center (as of April 12th, 2013)

Career path of graduates

A total of 9,388 undergraduate students reported on their career path. Of that total, 6,258 (66.6%) entered employment, 2,081 (22.2%) elected to pursue further studies or study abroad, 188 (2.0%) took certification examinations, and 861 (9.2%) had other plans or had yet to decide their career path. Trends for recent years show that 60% to 70% of undergraduate students enter employment and approximately 20% pursue further studies. When comparing 2012 to the previous academic year, students entering employment increased by 0.22%, students pursuing further studies increased by 0.1%, students taking examinations decreased by 0.6%, and students with other plans decreased by 17%.

In the case of graduate students (Master's Program), 2,937 students reported on their career path. Of that number, 2,075 (70.7%) entered employment, 303 (10.3%) chose to pursue further studies or study abroad, 157 (5.3%) took certification examinations, and 402 (13.7%) had other plans or had yet to decide their career path. Compared to the previous academic year, students entering employment increased by 5.0%, students pursuing further studies increased by 2.4%, students taking examinations decreased by 2.8%, and students with other plans decreased by 0.1%. At both undergraduate and graduate schools the number of students with other plans decreased and employment conditions are improving. Another notable trend of 2012 is that the number of students taking examinations decreased at both undergraduate and graduate schools.

The chart on the right shows employment status by corporation (20 or more students hired). Overall, financial institutions and the manufacturing industry compose a large ratio and trends are in line with normal years.

Career and employment support from the Career Center

The Waseda University Career Center provides students with support in two major categories. The first category is career support for 1st- and 2nd-year students. Our policy for career support is to cultivate students who construct a rich future by thinking independently and taking the initiative to gather knowledge and experience. Numerous places for such growth have been established within our university. The Career Center serves as a guide for such growth by issuing "Future Design Handbooks," holding "events to help students design their future", and providing guidance related to public servants and certification. Our center also provides internship programs for acquiring work experience at corporations.

The second category of support for employment activities is the holding of industry research seminars, on-campus corporate information sessions, interview training and group discussion training. Furthermore, the career center publishes job-search guidebooks, provides employment information, and distributes information via an e-mail magazine. Additionally, as support which is common to both categories, individual consultation is provided by university staff, specialized counselors, and students who have received a job offer (Student Career Advisors).

All career support programs are connected and go much deeper than superficial employment support. The programs are composed based on the policy of cultivating students who can live and perform in a demanding society.

*Numbers in the chart are based on a survey by the Career Center (as of April 12th, 2013)