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94.7% of new Waseda graduates find employment
2013 Career Center data

Waseda University Career Center found that 94.7% of 2013 graduating students searching for employment were successful in finding jobs by the time of graduation.

In regards to “employment rate”, there is no unified definition, as calculation methods differ from university to university and by media such as newspapers and magazines. In December 2013, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology issued a notice defining the “employment rate” as the percentage of students who have found employment among those wishing to be employed. By this method, Waseda’s employment rate was 94.7% (as of April 15, with “students wishing to be employed” defined as the sum of “students who have found employment” and “students looking for employment.” From this figure, it is clear that the vast majority of 2013 graduates seeking employment had their future workplaces confirmed at the time of their graduation.

Career paths

The next steps for Waseda graduates stand at 70% finding employment, 20% continuing their studies and 10% doing something else. The number of students finding employment was about 8,600. Of those, while roughly half joined one of 300 major corporations, overall, graduates found employment at about 3,100 organizations, representing a wide variety of career choices. This is the recent trend and 2013 was no exception.

Among 9,470 undergraduate students reporting their occupation, 6,503 (69%) found employment, 2,027 (21%) continued their studies, 274 (3%) prepared for qualification or licensing examinations and 666 (7%) other pursuits. Compared with the previous year, the number of students who found employment rose by 1.8 points with a decrease of 0.6 points for those continuing their education.

Also, among 3,009 Master’s degree graduates reporting their occupation, 2,162 (72%) found employment, 281 (9%) continued their studies, 211 (7%) prepared for qualification or licensing examinations and 355 (12%) other pursuits. Compared with the previous year, the number who found employment rose by 1.1 points with an increase of 1 point for those continuing their education.

Data for 2013 graduates

Career Center data, as of April 15, 2014

*Reporting rate: Bachelor’s graduates: 97%, Master’s graduates: 91%
  Respondents* Finding employment Continuing studies Preparing for  examinations Other
Bachelor’s Graduates 9,470 6,503 2,027 274 666
Master’s Graduates 3,009 2,162 281 211 355

A breakdown of the 1,021 “other” respondents shows that 124 do part-time work, 48 returned to their home country, 34 continue part-time study, 257 have no specific plans, 486 are looking for employment and 72 in other pursuits. The 72 who replied “other” include many graduates who are positively pursuing their goals, such as joining a theater group, music activities, playwrights and preparing to start up their own business.

The employment situation by type of business is almost the same as an average year with financial institutions, civil service, communications and manufacturing occupying the top positions. When classified by occupation, 88% of males took managerial positions/professional positions at private companies, 3% took general positions at private companies, 9% were civil servants or teachers and 0.5% were company officials etc. On the other hand, 82% of females took managerial positions/professional positions at private companies, 8% took general positions at private companies, 10% were civil servants or teachers and 0.1% company officials etc. Females are employed in managerial and professional positions in the same way as males.

Career and employment support at the Career Center

The Career Center provides future planning support for all students and job-hunting support for students seeking employment. It also gives individual counseling for both groups. In this support, programs are interconnected, not stopping at superficial employment guidance, but compiled based on a policy to nurture students who can survive in a harsh atmosphere and be even more successful.

Starting from new graduates in Spring 2016, the starting date for company recruitment activities will be pushed back from December 1 to March 1 of the academic year before graduation, with selection activities moving from April 1 to August 1 of their final year. The Career Center, in accordance with these changes to the schedule, will provide a longer period of support so that students can concentrate on their regular studies and extra-curricular activities without being so distracted by job-hunting activities. This shift is sure to help students develop comprehensive human character and prepare for job-hunting activities, and also help them acquire the necessary academic skills and ability to work in society.


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