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Japan: Career Prospects - Must read

Finding a graduate career in Japan

Are you interested in working in Japan after graduation? Here’s what you need to know about finding a job as an international student...

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What’s the job market like in Japan?

If you have an understanding of Japanese language and culture, Japan is a great place to apply for a job. In the past few years, Japan has had more jobs than there are applicants, and the push for international students has made it easier for foreign graduates to compete in the job market – especially if you have studied at a Japanese university. Strong industries in Japan include business, IT, and education.


Can I work in Japan after graduation?

Japan is usually very welcoming to international students. To work after graduation, you will have to get a work or long-term stay visa if you plan to stay in Japan and look for a job. Contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for more information on obtaining a long-term visa.


Tips to find a job in Japan:

  • In order to excel in Japan, you’ll need to be familiar with Japanese language and culture. Many programmes for international students offer language classes, so check with your university to see if you can take a few!
  • Apply early. While there are more jobs than people who want them, jobs for graduates can still be quite competitive. If you want to begin a career in Japan, begin networking as soon as you get there.
  • Be prepared. See these guides on writing a CV and references.
  • Make friends! It never hurts to know people, especially people that have lived in Japan for a while and understand the culture. The more you immerse yourself, the more you will learn about Japan and the job market.


Helpful resources

Finding a job in Japan can be difficult for international students because there are few systems to help foreigners with job placement outside of your university. Be sure to ask your university for guidance in your job search. They will be able to tell you more about how to find a job and what you will need to perform well in your search.


Many universities have special access to websites that feature job postings and other resources. Don’t feel shy about asking for help from the international office or your tutors, as they may be able to point you in the right direction.


With that said, here are some popular websites for job postings:

GaijinPot - http://gaijinpot.com/

O-Hayo Sensei - http://www.ohayosensei.com/

JREC-IN Portal - https://jrecin.jst.go.jp/seek/SeekJorSearch?fn=4&ln=1&prefecture_9=00040