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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)

SPECIAL REPORT

Waseda University provides guidance for career formation

A career is more than just an employment history, a professional background and refined skills which all start from selecting an occupation. Instead, a career is the formation of one's life by accumulating a variety of experiences through interaction with society.
With a focus on our Career Center, Waseda University provides students with a variety of opportunities to consider their own career.
This report introduces current actions being taken by our university in order to redefine the concept of a career to allow students to consider their own career.

Part.3 Messages from Students and Graduates

Career concepts which can be found on campus

In addition to courses, students reflect upon their careers through a variety of actual experiences during their time at university.
In this section, Waseda students and graduates share the impetus for their career consideration, as well as changes in consciousness and behavior which accompanied that consideration.

Foreign Study

My career formation was influenced by encounters with vibrant individuals while studying abroad

Masayuki Fukazawa (March 2009 Graduate from the School of International Liberal Studies)
Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
Tohoku Electric Material Sales Department, Sendai Office

I studied abroad at Beijing University for approximately one year beginning from September 2006. My career formation was greatly influence by encounters with many individuals during my foreign study.

Before studying abroad, I had only a rough image of my future. I wanted to enter a corporation and work overseas. However, while studying in China, I met other Japanese students who had dreams and objectives for their future. Also, through classes and Waseda alumni meetings, I met people who were forming unique careers. This led me to seriously consider what I wanted to do in the future. After returning to Japan, the acquaintances that I made in China introduced me to individuals active in fields which interested me. In that respect, my time studying overseas was very meaningful.

Currently, I am employed at Panasonic Electric Works. At the present time, I still lack the ability to perform the kind of work which I want to. However, I am striving to improve my career so that I can work in areas which interest me. I would like to work overseas like the people that I met in China. The inspiration for my goals is the vibrant people whom I encountered while studying abroad.

Practical Experience

I was stimulated by the action of friends and learned the value of onsite experience

Manami Sasaki (March 2010 Graduate from the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences I)
Yamagata Television Corporation

I currently work as an announcer at a television station in Yamagata Prefecture. My motto is an "onsite doctrine" in which I actually visit locations to see, hear and experience things firsthand. The impetus for my career was the friends that I made while in university. I was stimulated by my active friends and decided to do something important myself.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the mass media was reporting heavily on the riots in Tibet. However, I felt uncertain that all of the facts were being reported. I learned that the Olympic torch would be coming to Nagano Prefecture, so I decided to visit the location. Upon seeing the actually site of the Olympic torch, I learned the deep meaning of the ceremony. Since then, when I felt uncertainty or curiosity regarding something, I go for a firsthand look, regardless if the location is domestic or overseas. Thinking back, I could have done the same thing during my free time in university. The footwork and thinking acquired while in university are very important assets.

When I was confused about my career path, I consulted with a student career advisor at the Career Center. The consultation led me to consider why I wanted to become an announcer and helped me have a realization. After receiving an official job offer, I became a student advisor myself. During consultation with students, I always tried to consider the reasons behind career choices.

Internship

Experiencing great responsibility through onsite journalism

Naoto Yamashita
4th year student at the School of Culture, Media and Society
(scheduled to graduate in March 2012 )

I first began to seriously consider my career from my third year in university. I had a strong interest in journalism, and I believe that actual experience led to my future career. Fortunately, Waseda University offers a wide range of internships related to journalism. I applied to the newspaper company internship program with the intention of refining my future career activities and my personal values.

During my internship, I had close discussions with reporters regarding their daily work, their feelings regarding work, and the reason why they chose to become reporters. Also, my own writing was published in the newspaper, an experience which made me feel the great responsibility of journalism. The two-week internship period was extremely stimulating and will be an asset for the rest of my life. Following the internship, I felt an even stronger desire to engage in work related to the mass media. During my job search activities, I made mass media my first choice and was able to fulfill my dream of entering the publishing industry. Every day, I continue to work to fulfill my dreams. I never forget my original resolution and I always consider what is best for society as I strive to create value for society.

Volunteer Activities

I want to contribute to community revitalization through news reporting while encountering interpersonal relationships and passion

Koki Obayashi (March 2005 Graduate from the School of Social Sciences; completed the Okuma School of Public Management in March 2007)
Nikkei Inc.
Editing Office, Tokyo Headquarters

Okuma Garden contains a small rice field named Waseden. During my third year at university, I founded the Student NPO "Nohgaku Juku" (Agriculture School) with friends that I had met in the Farming Village Program at the Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC). Through the NPO, we cultivated the rice field Waseden. This provided me with the valuable experience of creating a project from scratch. Furthermore, I studied the current conditions of farming villages, experienced the passion of individuals seeking to solve problems in farming regions, and learned the importance of professional cultivation.

I had an interest in stimulating communities and citizens, and I strongly felt that a hint for such activities could be found onsite. I entered graduate school and experienced internships in corporations and municipal governments involved in community stimulation. Furthermore, I also formed an interest in reporting once the NPO "Nohgaku Juku" was featured in the news. I believed that journalism could contribute to community stimulation by discovering and conveying themes and problems hidden onsite, by increasing the interest of society, and by encouraging action through the connection of people's feelings.

Currently, I work as a reporter covering Tokyo metropolitan policies for urban regeneration and urban agriculture. Every day, I visit many different locations and persistently search for themes which must be conveyed to society. I believe that I acquired this attitude while studying at university.

In the future, I hope to decipher the essence of stimulating communities and citizens. To achieve this goal, I will work with passion while maintain a calm perspective. I hope to gain more experience participating in urban planning and to contribute to community stimulation.