Bridging Cultures: A Myanmar Graduate’s Transition to the Japanese Workforce


She studied civil engineering at the Thanlyin Technological University. For her graduation project, she worked on improving the water supply system in her hometown, was in charge of drawing up the layout of water pipes, and completed the design of a water supply system of upper cast iron pipes that takes into account the durability of distribution pipes and reservoirs. She has internship experience in construction project progress management and has good problem-solving and communication skills. Currently, she continues to study Japanese daily while working part-time as an English teacher.

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Thanlyin Technological University
Japanese company providing human resource services such as temporary staffing and outsourced contracting to manufacturing plants, mainly for major companies.

Why I got interested in working in Japan

I have always loved Japanese culture, including anime, and often watched popular anime such as “Kimetsu no Yaiba” (Demon Slayer). There were two main reasons why my interest in Japan led me to find a job in Japan. First, I attended a Japanese company information session held at my university. Second, a friend of mine was working in Japan. I have friends in Tokyo and Osaka who have worked in Japan, and I had heard stories about working in Japan before, which also had a strong influence on me.


My Japanese Learning Journey

I started learning Japanese because I was interested in working in Japan. After graduating from university, I enrolled in a Japanese language school in Myanmar and began studying Japanese. Currently, I am taking Japanese classes at FAST OFFER, and I continue to make efforts to improve my Japanese language skills. It has been about two years since I started learning Japanese, but I am still struggling with Kanji and conversation. However, I am getting better and can have conversations in Japanese gradually. I still have about six months remaining before I officially join the company. Therefore, I am determined to continue my studies to enhance my proficiency in Japanese.


Job Hunting for Japanese Companies and FAST OFFER International

I learned FAST OFFER International through a teacher at the Japanese language school where I was studying in Myanmar. The person responsible for ASIA to JAPAN was incredibly kind and provided assistance in numerous situations.

The actual interview took place online. I practiced many times beforehand with a FAST OFFER mentor. I received a lot of advice and improved a lot. I was very nervous during the actual interview, but I managed to get through it.


Life in Japan

To be honest, I am very anxious about living in Japan. I have never been to Japan before, and Japanese culture is very different from my home country. The climate is also completely different, so I am worried about whether I will be able to adapt to the cold winter in Japan. I also worry a lot about if I will be able to build good relationships with people around me and whether I will be able to communicate well.

On the other hand, there are many things I am looking forward to. The thing I am looking forward to the most is going to Tokyo Disneyland. I am also looking forward to traveling to various places such as Osaka and Kyoto.



Thanks to the support of FAST OFFER International, I was able to achieve my goal of working in Japan. They taught me a lot of things that I did not know. I understand that there are many things that may cause you anxiety, but please do your best together with your mentors and others who support you.

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