2024-06-19

Immersed in Japanese Culture: My Path from Myanmar to a Career in Japan

Summary

From hearing stories about Japanese culture and innovation from her parents, she developed a deep desire to work in Japan. With a passion for programming, she aimed to contribute to Japan’s cutting-edge technology sector. Studying Japanese during her final university year, she found learning the language both challenging and enjoyable, with anime playing a significant role in their learning journey. The discovery of FAST OFFER International, provided an invaluable interview guidance, leading her to secure a job in Japan. Her journey exemplifies dedication and the pursuit of personal and professional growth through cultural immersion.

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Profile

Countries & Regions
Myanmar
University
Brunel University London
Major
Computer Science
Education
Bachelor
Company
A comprehensive machinery manufacturer with global operations in construction and mining machinery, utilities, forestry machinery, industrial machinery, and more.

Embracing Japanese Innovation and Culture Through Programming

My parents have worked in Japan for over 10 years. I heard many stories from them about Japanese culture, history, economy, technology, etc. As a result of this, I began to have a strong desire to work in Japan.

Japan is known around the world as the land of innovation. With a strong passion for programming and software development, I am excited about the opportunity to work on the cutting edge of Japan’s technology industry.

I am also fascinated by Japanese culture such as work ethics, attention to detail, and outstanding quality. We believe that by working in Japan, you will be able to immerse yourself deeply in the culture and learn more. I am confident that this will not only facilitate my personal growth, but also allow me to have a broader perspective and make more contributions in the global technology industry.

 

Studying Japanese: Challenges and Joys of Learning a New Language

My parents can speak Japanese, but I never really studied it, so I couldn’t speak it at all. I started studying Japanese a year ago when I was in my fourth year at university and had completed most of my classes. I took an online Japanese class and learned basic vocabulary, grammar, kanji, etc. Additionally, I often practice conversation with online teachers. Improving pronunciation and intonation through shadowing. 

While studying Japanese, I find it difficult to have conversations and read kanji. Kanji has many readings, and it is difficult to know which one to use. 

Also, I love anime and always learn while watching anime.  I love anime such as “One Piece,” “Naruto,” “Jujutsu Kaisen,” and “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.”. I especially like the opening number of “Jujutsu Kaisen”. 

 

Landing a Dream Job in Japan with FAST OFFER International 

While searching for a Japanese job site through Google, I came across a service called FAST OFFER International. If you are a science student, you can get a chance to work in Japan if you have a level of N3 or above, so it is suitable for me who studied N4. Additionally, FAST OFFER International provides free interview guidance, which I found very useful.

However, it was not so easy for me to have an interview in Japan. I was so nervous that I often forgot what I wanted to say. When I registered for FAST OFFER, I was still in my fourth year at Brunel University, preparing for graduation, working two part-time jobs, and attending Japanese classes while looking for a job. Every day was very difficult, but thanks to overcoming that difficulty, my dream of working in Japan finally came true..

We received valuable interview guidance and mock interviews from mentors from ASIA to JAPAN. Additionally, some companies allowed me to provide explanations in English, which enabled me to proceed with the interview successfully..

I will be working in Japan from now on. To be honest, I’m still not confident in my Japanese ability. Currently, I am trying to improve my conversation skills by taking online Japanese classes and practicing conversation with my teacher every day. 

 

Experiencing Japan: From Tourist to Future Tech Professional

I was staying in Tokyo from late January to April. This was my first time in Japan and I was always excited. I enjoyed traveling to famous tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

Especially during the Doll’s Festival on March 3rd, we were able to directly experience traditional Japanese culture through various events in town.

Tonkatsu, ramen, curry, and other sweet dishes are available in abundance in Tokyo, and as someone who loves sweets, eating here makes me the happiest.

I sometimes check Facebook and Instagram to kill time. I’m not interested in any influence, but seeing what my friends are up to and cooking is one of the small pleasures in my daily life.

Now I have finished my trip to Japan and returned to London. I still have a student visa for London, so I plan to continue working part-time until I join the company in October 2024.

 

Starting a New Chapter in Japan: Preparation and Excitement

I will come to Japan in September and join the world’s largest mining company. It’s a schedule. I am very much looking forward to working in the field of programming after joining the company.

I have a strong love for Japan, and it is out of that love that I came to Japan. From my experience, if you want to work in Japan, it is very important that you can truly empathize with Japanese culture and society. It is also very meaningful that I like learning new cultures and making friends through interaction with Japanese people.

 

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