Category Archives: Career Building

Casual Career Advice Meet-Up

So you lived in Japan, huh? And what did you do?

We all have that experience in common. Now let’s work together as we look at the present and to the future while translating our time in Japan into marketable skills. Network, peer review resumes, contribute! In addition to the experience and expertise of those attending (yes, me and you!) we will also have two special guests- Catherine Rackley and Mariko Watanabe.

When: Wednesday, June 1st, 7pm
Where: Coffee at the Point,
710 E 26th Ave, Denver

Catherine began her Japan-related career 10 years ago on the JET Program in Chiba-ken and has followed a winding path through design school in Tokyo and the fashion industry in New York to her current position at DISCO International, organizer of the world’s largest Japanese-English Career Forums. She has a keen interest in strengthening awareness of the skills that the JET experience imparts and their career potential and has made this a focus of Career Forum outreach.

Mariko Watanabe, from the University of Tokyo, used to be in charge of the JET Programme at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco and currently recruits students to the university’s English language degree programs (East Asian Studies and Environmental Sciences for both undergraduate and masters degrees). She would love to speak to any JET alumni who may be interested in this opportunity.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

See you there! And don’t forget your resume and business cards!

2015-2016 RMJETAA Board Elections

It’s election time for our 2015-2016 JETAA Rocky Mountain Board! We’re looking for motivated members who would like to be part of the team that creates cultural events, supports returned and soon-to-be JETs, and continues to build that bridge between the US and Japan. You’ll have an opportunity to connect with not only the RMJETAA and other Japanese communities in the Rocky Mountain area, but also to be a part of the extensive national network. We have plenty of opportunities for you to join the team! In general to be a board member you must be a JET Program alum and you must be able to attend a majority of board meetings (held once a month in the Denver area, generally on the 1st Sunday) either in person or via video chat.

The board positions are:

President: Run monthly meetings. Coordinate the work of Board Members in planning and executing events and support activities. Attend National and Regional Conferences and manage communication at the national level. Network within the Japanese American community and collaborate with other organizations.

Vice-President: Fill-in for President and assist with all functions of the organization.

Secretary: Maintain meeting minutes. Manage communication to member-base. Maintain member database and organization inventory. Maintain attendance at meetings and events.

Treasurer: Coordinate with the RMJETAA board members and plan the annual budget, breakdown the budget for each individual event, maintain the bank account, reimburse members as needed, make necessary maintenance / supplies purchases for the organization.

Events Coordinator: Lead in planning annual events, connect with community resources, and manage communication and promotion of events.

Webmaster: Manage digital and web-based assets, distribute digital announcements for events, provide technical training for Board Members, administrate web-based platforms.

If you would like to run for one of these positions, please fill out this form. Our election meeting will be held 10am, Sunday, March 29th at Common Ground Coffee in Downtown Denver. You must attend to be considered for the board. If you are unable attend in person but can join us via video chat, please email webmaster@jetaarockymountain.org so you can get set up!

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2014 Boston Career Forum

Boston Career Forum 2014
November 7th (Fri.) – 9th (Sun.), 2014
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)
415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
www.careerforum.net

Entering its 28th year, the Boston Career Forum continues to be the world’s largest Japanese-English bilingual job fair and an essential part of the hiring process for international companies seeking highly-qualified Japanese-English bilingual candidates. With over 200 companies participating, attendees undoubtedly stand to broaden their knowledge of expanding industries and enterprises and increase future prospects.

As a rare and exceptional opportunity to connect directly with top industry players, students and working professionals alike attend the annual Boston Career Forum to discover exciting new fields and launch fulfilling careers through full-time and internship positions.

This career forum features participating
companies from all different industries, including 80 companies
requiring just business level Japanese and 12 companies looking for
only conversational Japanese speakers such as:

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD.
AMAZON JAPAN
DISNEY WORLDWIDE SERVICES, INC.
DON QUIJOTE CO., LTD.
EXPEDIA, INC.
FAST RETAILING CO., LTD.(UNIQLO)
GOLDMAN SACHS
HITACHI, LTD.
LINE CORPORATION
NTT DOCOMO, INC.
RAKUTEN
SOFTBANK GROUP
SONY CORPORATION
SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
YAMAHA MOTOR CO., LTD.
and many more

Registration and attendance is free!

IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16

From Tatsuaki Kobayashi, Chief Manager of the International Network Team at the The Nippon Foundation:

I would like to share this information about the IUC Nippon Foundation Fellowship Program 2015-16. The IUC (Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies) is one of the leading Japanese language institutes for high-level Japanese. Since 2013, the Nippon Foundation has offered fellowships to 10 promising graduate students in Japanese Studies doctorate courses in the US, who participated in a 10 month Japanese language training course in Yokohama.

The Nippon Foundation has decided to expand the number of grantees from 10 to 20, and also to extend the scope of the program from Japanese Studies to Professional Schools such as law, MBAs, governmental officials, journalists and so on. This is a new initiative that will start from 2016, and IUC has recently made the call for applications from potential candidates. I suppose that this program will be appealing to some of JETAA members who want to seek professional career paths related to Japan.

I believe that this program would be a strong basis for nurturing the next generation of leaders who will build the US-Japan relationship.

You may find more details about the program in the following website:

https://web.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/cgi-bin/programs/nippon-foundation.php

If you have any questions, please contact the IUC Secretariat; iucjapan@stanford.edu.

With best wishes,

T. Kobayashi

Take the JLPT in Colorado!

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or JLPT, is the go-to measure for assessing non-native Japanese language ability. The test is held in only a few cities in the United States, and this year Boulder, Colorado has been added as one of the testing sites!

The JLPT will be held on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Registration will be open until 7pm Mountain Time, October 3rd, 2014.

The JLPT is available in five different levels from N1 to N5, with N1 being the most difficult, all levels will be tested on December 7th. Registration fees are $60 for N1 and N2 level tests, $50 for N3, N4 and N5 levels tests.

Please visit this website for more information and to register online for the JLPT.

がんばって to any and all JLPT test takers!