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Spring Verdure Issue (May. 2015)

NEWS REPORT

With a focus on major corporations, trends remain the same

2014 employment conditions

The career path for Waseda University graduates was employment (70%), further study (20%), and other (10%). Approximately 9,200 students entered employment, about half of which entered the 300 major corporations. Overall, graduates entered approximately 3,000 corporations and groups, showing that Waseda students strive to perform in a variety of fields. These trends remained the same as in past years.

Career path of graduates

A total of 9,641 undergraduate students reported on their career path. Of that total, 6,915 (71.7%) entered employment, 1,885 (19.6%) elected to pursue further studies or study abroad, 283 (2.9%) took certification examinations or prepared for the examinations, and 558 (5.8%) had other plans or had yet to decide their career path. When comparing 2014 to the previous academic year, students entering employment increased by 3.0% and students pursuing further study fell by 1.8%. In the case of graduate students (Master's Program), 3,145 students reported on their career path. Of that number, 2,224 (70.7%) entered employment, 265 (8.4%) chose to pursue further studies or study abroad, 288 (9.2%) took certification examinations or prepared for the examinations, and 368 (11.7%) had other plans or had yet to decide their career path. Compared to the previous academic year, students entering employment decreased by 1.2%, students pursuing further studies decreased by 0.9%, and students taking examinations increased by 2.2%.

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

Among the total of 926 undergraduate students and graduate students (Master's Program) in the "Other" category, 117 students will work part-time, 32 students registered as non-degree students, 96 students have other plans, 285 students are undecided, and 396 students are currently searching for employment. Among the 96 students with other plans, the majority of graduates are actively pursuing their dreams, including returning to their native country, entering a theater company, pursuing a career in music, writing screenplays, or preparing to launch a business.

The breakdown of occupation for male graduates is regular/specialized positions at private corporations (89.1%), administrative positions at private corporations (1.9%), public servants and teachers (8.5%), and company executives, etc. (0.5%). The breakdown of occupation for female graduates is regular/specialized positions at private corporations (83.0%), administrative positions at private corporations (6.6%), public servants and teachers (10.1%), and company executives, etc. (0.3%). Male and female graduates entered regular and specialized positions at the almost same rate.

The employment rate* in 2014 was 95.9%, an increase of 1.2% when compared to 94.7% in the previous year. The vast majority of students seeking employment found a job prior to graduation.

*Rate of employed students among students seeking employment. Calculated as the total of employed students and students conducting job-search activities who are regarded as graduates seeking employment.

"Design Your Future" support and employment support from the Career Center

The Career Center provides all students with "Design Your Future" support for contemplating the right career path, and provides job-search activity support to students in the job-search period. Furthermore, support through individual consultation is offered to all students. This support is realized by linking all programs and exceeds superficial employment support. Our support is designed based on the policy of cultivating students who can survive harsh social conditions and achieve great things in the future.

From new graduates entering employment in April 2016, the start date for corporate PR activities will be pushed back to March 1 of the year prior to graduation, and the start date for employment screening activities will be pushed back to August 1 of the year prior to graduation. In response to these changes, the Career Center conducted employment activity guidance in December. Industry research sessions and interview practice were held from February, and joint corporate information sessions were held from March. By using the spring vacation period to hold activities related to job-searchers, students are given the chance to focus on their classes and extracurricular activities. These changes support students to acquire academic skills, basic skills as a working professional, and other qualities which should be acquired at university.

2014 Career Paths
  Students reporting Career path Employment Further study Certification examinations Other
Undergraduate 9,641 6,915 1,885 283 558
Graduate (Master's Program) 3,145 2,224 265 288 368

*Rate of students reporting on career path: Undergraduate 97.6%, Graduate 95.9%

2014 Employment Status by Corporation/Group (Undergraduate/Graduate)
Name of Corporation Total Male Female
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. 126 64 62
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. 103 63 40
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Official, Category 1 97 52 45
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 97 50 47
SoftBank Mobile Corporation 77 51 26
Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. 77 20 57
Fujitsu Limited 72 56 16
National Public Servants in Administrative Service 64 38 26
IBM Japan 64 27 37
NTT DATA Corporation 59 36 23
Hitachi, Ltd. 55 40 15
Daiwa Securities Co., Ltd. 55 36 19
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. 55 14 41
Resona Group 54 31 23
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) 53 39 14
Officials of Special Wards (23 wards in Tokyo) 53 32 21
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. 52 25 27
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation 50 42 8
Rakuten, Inc. 49 19 30
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited 48 25 23
Toshiba Corporation 44 35 9
SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. 42 31 11
KDDI Corporation 42 28 14
National Public Servants in Regular Service 42 26 16
Teacher in Tokyo Metropolitan Government 39 22 17
Toyota Motor Corporation 37 29 8
Canon Inc. 36 30 6
Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. 35 29 6
Panasonic Corporation 35 27 8
Japan Airlines 35 11 24
Nippon Life Insurance Company 34 18 16
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company 34 14 20
NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. 31 24 7
NEC Corporation 31 19 12
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE EAST CORPORATION 30 19 11
Mitsubishi Corporation 29 19 10
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation 29 19 10
Japan Post Bank Co., Ltd. 28 14 14
Officials in Saitama Prefecture 27 20 7
Accenture Japan Ltd 27 18 9
NTT Communications Corporation 27 16 11
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC 26 20 6
East Japan Railway Company 26 18 8
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. 25 21 4
Nitori Co., Ltd. 25 15 10
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. 25 14 11
All Nippon Airways 25 12 13
Sumitomo Corporation 24 16 8
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. 24 15 9
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. 24 12 12
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 23 16 7
Works Applications Co., Ltd. 23 16 7
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation 23 16 7
LIXIL Co, Ltd. 23 15 8
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited 23 13 10
Officials in Yokohama City 23 9 14
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 22 19 3
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. 22 15 7
Marubeni Corporation 22 15 7
Dentsu Inc. 21 17 4
Japan Post Co., Ltd. 21 11 10
ITOCHU Corporation 20 14 6
KPMG AZSA LLC 20 14 6
Recruit Career Co., Ltd. 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, 2015)