Career Panel at the CIEE Tokyo Study Center
Here at the Tokyo Study Center, not only are we dedicated to helping students develop personally and academically. We also strive to help students develop professionally, as we understand that many of our students are thinking about the ‘next step’ after college.
On Wednesday evening June 4, 2014, the Tokyo Study Center held its second annual Career Panel. Five working professionals came to speak to our students in a relaxed, friendly environment. The speakers talked about their own professional journeys, and provided career advice based on their own unique experiences.
The speakers represented a range of fields, organizations, and nationalities. Branwen currently works as an Instructor Recruiter at a company that provides conversational and business English language instruction in Japan. William currently specializes in talent management and leadership development at a major sportswear company. Eric is experienced in professional recruitment and consulting, and is the owner of his own consulting company. Anh, a CIEE Tokyo Arts and Sciences alumnus, is currently a Product Manager at a Japanese e-commerce company. Matt, also a CIEE Tokyo Arts and Sciences alumnus, is currently working in the telecommunications industry as a Software Engineer.
During the first part of the Career Panel, each speaker had approximately 10 minutes to talk. This was followed by a Q&A session. Students asked thoughtful questions that generated great discussions about topics including networking, how to use social media in the job-market, language and education requirements for certain fields, and more. After the Q&A, flyers about the CIEE Alumni Global Network were distributed, and students were encouraged to join. At the end, students had the opportunity to talk with the speakers one-on-one.
The purpose for holding this Career Panel was threefold: (1) to inform CIEE students of potential career opportunities in and related to Japan; (2) to give students tips on networking and other job-hunting strategies; and (3) to encourage and empower students to actively seek professional opportunities.