Job offer received from: Seven-Eleven Japan
Name: Yan Jon Fun
Department/College: College of Economics, Department of Economics
Ever since my first year at university, I wanted to get a job in Japan. In first year I was surprised to hear how few overseas students were able to find work, but I was convinced that I would get an offer. When I actually started looking for work in third year, however, I found it much harder than I'd thought. There were so many obstacles-the written tests, the entrance sheet, the interviews, things that were really hard for a foreign student-that I started to get a bit worried. Although the entry requirements were the same for Japanese and non-Japanese students, I started going to company presentations that were specifically for non-Japanese students. I ended up going to quite a few, but things didn't go so well. Sometimes I'd get to the interview stage but I was so nervous I couldn't speak Japanese properly.
I studied interview techniques with the training video, and practiced alone on my speaking and communication skills by imagining the interview scenario. Eventually I was able to talk slowly and carefully in a real interview, and most importantly make a good impression to the interview panel.
I never knew anything about Seven Eleven Japan other than the name. Gradually however I've begun to find the work more interesting, to the point where I'm now really enthusiastic about my job. It just shows what you can achieve as a university student if you conquer your fears and try hard!