This year many times I came across the comment in the media that not enough Japanese are studying or working abroad. So let’s say you are one of the few Japanese Nationals, who went abroad after gaining your basic education in Japan. You were the one, who did one more step: You wanted to broaden your mind. Now after having gained some foreign exposure and graduated abroad, how does reality really look like after coming back to Japan? What are the Japanese companies looking for when they want to hire Japanese returnees? Last month the Nikkei Shimbun had presented the top 10 preferred personal traits that hiring managers are looking for in Japanese graduates.
1. Communication skills
3. Covered basic education
4. Cooperation skills
5. Teamwork skills
6. Cheerful personality
9. Common sense
10. Tolerant to stress
Honestly while most of the ten points make very much sense for me and are very much needed in the Japanese employees pool, I am shocked about number 3. From my perspective, either someone has so unique professional qualities that their educational background becomes second or then for anyone else growing up in Japan, I believe basic education is a given. I am sincerely wondering why this topic even came up with HR managers as a criteria for hiring Japanese graduates. On the other hand, from my perspective I am very happy to see that a cheerful personality and passion has become more important. I guess this type of “new blood” is what many traditional Japanese companies are looking for.
For sure I wish all returnees good luck in the job hunt! Having a reversed culture shock to adjust to “one’s own culture” is challenging enough.
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