Case of Mr. K,
fourth-year student in the Faculty of CM

I attend Professor Yuko Yamashita's marketing seminar in the Faculty of CM. During my third year at Hitotsubashi, I took part in a corporate project involving an onsite survey of the Singapore vegetable market. I also belong to a basic skiing Circle for extracurricular activities. This gives me a chance to get out on the slopes over New Years and Spring Break, and work on my down-hill technique while engaging in friendly rivalry with my buddies.

Job Hunting

To be honest, I didn't give much thought to job hunting until the summer of my junior year. I didn't pay any attention to the job-hunting seminars or internships that were offered, and just focused on doing the things you do in college: enjoying extracurricular Circle activities, taking trips with my friends, attending seminars, getting to my part-time job on time, things like that.

I was really discouraged when I first started my job search, but it turned out my apprehension was unwarranted. I was ill-prepared and didn't have any information, but once I got started, the school came through with all kinds of support and resources: industry-targeted research seminars, very thorough counseling and advice, and other forms of assistance. Friends and classmates from seminar and Circle were also helpful with advice and reassurances about the job search. The most important thing is to figure out what kind of job you want and what kind of person you want to become. Of course, you have to figure this out by yourself based on your own college and life experiences? coursework, seminars, Circle activities, part-time job, and everything else. Then it's just a matter of building up your self-confidence and heading downtown for the job interview.

I am happy to report that I got a job offer from the company that was my first choice! But this certainly wasn't based on my own strengths alone. I would attribute my success to seminar?a hallmark of Hitotsubashi education?where I took part in a major project dealing with companies and overseas exports of agricultural products. Circle activities also contributed to my success. I met some really great people with whom I shared good times and bad times, and developed some new life-long interests. I would encourage you to take full advantage of the many opportunities available at Hitotsubashi, experience the many things that are available, and just have a fun and rewarding college life in pursuit of your future calling.


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October 2016