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The reasons why Vietnamese students fail to apply for jobs in Japan after graduation

Providing unconvincing answers during the interview; having no clear direction for the future; or only looking for jobs in companies that recruit foreigners is the three main reasons leading to the unemployment of Vietnamese students in Japan

Thanh Huyền

Thanh Huyền

Published on 12 Oct 2021, 12:00

My niece graduated from Nagoya University of Commerce and Business. This school is near my house, so she often asks her friends (also Vietnamese international students) to come and visit our family with her during her free time. As a result, I have the chance to listen to many stories about the difficulties they have to face when applying for a job in Japan.

After talking with many young people like that, I have summarized and come up with 3 main reasons for this "failure"...

1. Providing an unconvincing answer when the employer asks "What is the reason you want to work at our company?"

Four out of five of my niece's friends answered: "I want to work at your company because I love Japan and enjoy learning about Japanese culture."

Wrong, totally wrong.

What is the reason you want to work at our company?
What is the reason you want to work at our company?

Think about it, how a Japanese applicant would reply to this question, what is the rational answer that could help you be recruited easily.

It is undeniable that many young people start learning Japanese because they like watching anime or listening to Koda Kumi's or Amuro Namie's music, but it has nothing to do with us wanting to apply for a job at a company.

Talking with them reminds me of when I just came to Japan and applied to be a Japanese language teacher for children at a center established by Vietnamese people. When asked the above question, I replied definitively: "I love the Japanese language and love children."

After that, the manager replied fiercely that teaching children a new language required in-depth knowledge and pedagogical skills, and I could not come there and say that my love for children and the Japanese language was enough. Then, the interview ended with my very first answer.

Applicants are like pilots, if you come to the wrong destination or the wrong aircraft parking lot, you fail
Applicants are like pilots, if you come to the wrong destination or the wrong aircraft parking lot, you fail

How to answer the right way: Thoroughly research the company a few days before the interview, then relate that information to the skills and experience you have obtained at school to convince employers that you are a perfect fit for that position.

2. Having no clear direction after graduation, still wondering between two options: Go back home or continue working in Japan

Besides talking with my niece's friends, I had also worked in the field of education for some time, so I am confident that I understand the mindset of young people quite well.

The way I see it, Vietnamese students coming to Japan can be divided into primary 2 groups:

  • Group 1 are those who have tried hard in their study to get a scholarship to study in the country of cherry blossoms.
  • Group 2 are those from wealthy families who study abroad in Japan because of their parents' wishes instead of pursuing their passion.

People from group 1 can usually find a job quickly after graduation without any difficulties. Still, I want to talk more about group 2. Since the starting point does not come from their passion, these people do not have a clear orientation, and my niece is a typical example.

Each individual needs a clear direction, just like a flight - you must know where is the destination and how the journey of your life would go on
Each individual needs a clear direction, just like a flight - you must know where is the destination and how the journey of your life would go on

She studied in an economic school, but during the years at college, she just liked to join singing clubs, and loved fashion and shopping. After graduation, her parents want her to find a job in the right major, but she does not have any practical experience for the company to recruit her.

She wants to apply for a fashion company, but those companies require relevant qualifications and demand that applicants graduate from schools such as Bunka Fashion School or Yokohama Design College.

Advice: Determine the right direction for your future (5-10 years) to be able to develop the best study plan and gain experiences from when you are still a student.

3. Only looking for jobs at companies that recruit foreigners

I know many young people who speak Japanese quite well but still always afraid of working in an all-Japanese environment. Therefore, they always look for companies that recruit foreigners because they think when working at these companies, the pressure coming from language barriers will be reduced.

The reasons why Vietnamese students fail to apply for jobs in Japan after graduation

From my point of view, those people have "failed" even from the view of life. The most precious possession is their youth, and when you are young, do not be afraid of difficulties and stumbling.

Give yourself the opportunity to work in large companies with mostly Japanese to be able to communicate and effectively learn about both your expertise and Japanese culture.

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