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Spring Verdure Issue (May. 2014)


With a focus on major corporations, no change in annual trends

94.7% employment rate for students graduating in 2013 academic year

The path taken by Waseda University students after graduation is as follows: 70% start working, 20% pursue school of high grade, and 10% take a different path. Approximately 8,600 graduates started working. Although approximately half of these graduates were concentrated in 300 major corporations, a total of about 3,100 corporations and groups were chosen by graduates as employers. This reflects the broadening perspective of graduates regarding their path after university and is a trend that continued in the 2013 academic year.

Path of graduates

A total of 9,470 undergraduate students reported on their career path. Of that total, 6,503 (68.7%) entered employment, 2,027 (21.4%) elected to pursue further studies or study abroad, 274 (2.9%) took certification examinations, and 666 (7.0%) had other plans or had yet to decide their career path. When comparing 2013 to the previous academic year, students entering employment increased by 1.8% and students pursuing further studies decreased by 0.6%.

In the case of graduate students (Master's Program), 2,937 students reported on their career path. Of that number, 2,162 (71.9%) entered employment, 281 (9.3%) chose to pursue further studies or study abroad, 211 (7.0%) took certification examinations, and 355 (11.8%) had other plans or had yet to decide their career path. Compared to the previous academic year, students entering employment increased by 1.1% and students pursuing further studies increased by 1.0%.

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

For the total of 1,021 undergraduate students and graduate students (Master's Program) who had other plans or had yet to decide their career path, 124 started part-time work, 48 returned to their native country, 34 will be credited auditors, 72 have other plans, 257 are undecided, and 486 are searching for employment. Within the 72 graduates who have other plans, there are many graduates who are actively pursuing their dreams in theater, music, writing or entrepreneur.

The breakdown by profession for male graduates is 87.6% in private general works or specialized work, 2.7% in regular services, 9.2% as public servants or teachers, and 0.5% as company executives, etc. The breakdown by profession for female graduates is 81.6% in private general works or specialized work, 8.3% in regular services, 10.0% as public servants or teachers, and 0.1% as company executives, etc. Female graduates have entered private general works or specialized work similar to male students.

Regarding the employment rate, inconsistencies in the definition and calculation methods caused the MEXT to issue a notice to universities in December 2013. The notice instructs universities to define “employment rate” as the ratio of employed graduates to graduates seeking employment. According to this method, the employment rate for Waseda University graduates is 94.7% (as of April 15th; “graduates seeking employment” was the total of “employed graduates” and “graduate currently seeking employment”). The vast majority of students who sought employment were able to obtain job offers before graduating.

Career and Employment Support offered by the Career Center

The Career Center provides “Future Design Support” for all students and “Job Search Support” for students currently searching for employment. Furthermore, individual consultation is offered to both categories of students. All support programs are linked together to provide support which goes beyond superficial employment assistance. Support is formulated based on the policy of cultivating students who can survive in a demanding society and accomplish great things.

Starting from the hiring of new students who will enter companies in April 2016, the start date of corporate PR activities will be pushed back from December 1st of the year in which students graduate or obtain degrees to March 1st. Similarly, the start date for hiring selection activities will be pushed back from April 1st of the year in which students graduate or obtain degrees to August 1st. In conjunction with this new schedule, the Career Center has established a longer period during which students can concentrate on their class work and extracurricular activities without being preoccupied by employment activities. In this way, we provide support which enables students to search for employment after acquiring the academic ability, fundamental social skills and comprehensive human ability which is the inherent goal of education.

Path taken by students (2013 academic year)
  Number of students reporting Employment School of high grade Certification examinations Other
Undergraduate 9,470
Graduate (Master’s Program) 3,009 2,162 281 211 355

*Percentage of students reporting on path: Undergraduate 96.7%, Graduate 90.7%

2013 Employment Status by Corporation/Group (Undergraduate & Graduate)
Name of Corporation Total Male Female
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. 111 57 54
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. 100 57 43
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 90 40 50
Tokyo Metropolitan Government official Category 1 86 46 40
Fujitsu Ltd. 59 38 21
National Public Servants in Administrative Service 57 39 18
Officials of Special Wards (23 wards in Tokyo) 53 29 24
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. 53 24 29
Tokyo Metropolitan Educators 48 33 15
NTT Data Corporation 48 30 18
Hitachi, Ltd. 47 42 5
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East) 47 33 14
SoftBank Mobile Corp., SoftBank BB Corp., SoftBank Telecom Corp. 46 30 16
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited 46 24 22
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation 44 38 6
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) 44 35 9
Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd. 43 26 17
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited 43 22 21
Rakuten, Inc. 42 21 21
NEC Corporation 40 31 9
Mitsubishi Corporation 40 22 18
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. 38 16 22
Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd. 36 19 17
Canon Inc. 34 31 3
East Japan Railway Company (JR-East) 34 22 12
Nippon Life Insurance Company 31 10 21
SMBC Nikko Securities Inc 29 25 4
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation 29 22 7
Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. 28 26 2
Toyota Motor Corporation 28 26 2
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. 28 25 3
Marubeni Corporation 28 17 11
Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. 28 17 11
National Public Servants in the Regular Service 27 23 4
Sumitomo Corporation 27 21 6
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. 27 20 7
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd. 27 15 12
NTT Communications Corporation 25 20 5
Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. 25 17 8
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. 24 18 6
Toshiba Corporation 24 18 6
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. 24 9 15
Accenture public limited company 23 15 8
ITOCHU Corporation 23 15 8
Nitori Co., Ltd. 23 12 11
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. 23 12 11
Works Applications Co., Ltd. 22 15 7
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited 22 10 12
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company 22 10 12
IBM Japan, Ltd. 22 10 12
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. 21 6 15
Sony Corporation 20 19 1
KDDI Corporation 20 13 7
Saitama Prefecture Educators 20 12 8
Dentsu Inc 20 12 8

*Employers of at least 20 students
*Numbers in the chart are based on a survey by the Career Center (as of April 15th, 2014)