Career Counseling and Services (CC&S)
Info for Prospective Students
Please follow this link for services offered to Companies and Organizations interested in recruiting IUJ Students.
Services IUJ offer’s IUJ Students in the Job and Internship hunt, and career development
IUJ supports students with internship and job hunting before they even get to campus. With a Facebook support group, email advice, resume critiques, a full career workshops, Career Development classes, and 1-on-1 career coaching with the career counselor, IUJ provides proactive assistance.
Prospective student wishing to learn more, after reading the information below, please contact the Career Counselor
IUJ Career Counseling and Services assist IUJ full-time* students in their job & internship search in the following ways:
- Provides guidance and career readiness skills before arriving on campus.
- Provide Information on Bulletin Boards, IUJ LAN and email messages, in the Career Library, and online on the Web Page
- Distribute student resumes to key contacts in a Resume Book each October, and online is also available from Nov. to June, and at the request of student or company.
- Offer workshops and one-on-one counseling for Career Exploration, Resume and Rirekisho Writing, Cover letters, Interview Techniques, Job Search Techniques, Application Writing, etc.
- 1-on-1 counseling focuses on the development of a job hunt plan that both the student and career counselor commit to.
- Offer Briefing Sessions to inform students of resources on campus they can utilize, remind them of job/internship hunting strategies, and more.
- Assist in Networking through such programs as A-CAN (Alumni Career Advisory Network), Mentor Networks and using IUJ staff and faculty connections, Alumni and Industry panels and more. Introduce effective use of LinkedIn communities.
- Nurture existing relationships with corporate/organization relationships and create new opportunities for internships and careers based on student interests
- Track each students interests and activities to be sure they are making progress. Keep in close contact with each student on an individual basis to be sure they are receiving the assistance they need.
- Provide go-between assistance in working with Japanese companies and companies in Japan.
- Interest headhunters (executive search firms) around the world in IUJ students to help students look in the region of their choice or outside of the CC&S programs in Tokyo and SE Asia.
* Exchange and Special students may participate in everything except being in the IUJ Resume Books and on-campus interviewing if there are regular IUJ students available for the position. Exchange and Special students must take all necessary steps to obtain a proper work visa or a visa that allows internships after they are no longer an IUJ student. See information on After the Search for Exchange and Special Students or ask CC&S for information.
Why Go-Between Assistance is Necessary
The Japanese corporate culture is changing fast. However, many still have rigid recruiting policies and do not respond well to direct contact from MA and MBA holders. They prefer for the institution (IUJ) to introduce and recommend candidates. Most will insist on completing “Entry Forms” online along with their regular employment recruiting cycles. IUJ staff and faculty can help ease some of these practices to make them more open for IUJ students to penetrate.
We ask our students NOT to contact Japanese companies in Japan directly, unless it is posted otherwise. When you do, the following can occur.
- The company calls the CC&S to ask why you have contacted them directly (please be sure we know you are contacting them so we can support you when this call comes – ASK us first)
- The company calls to complain to the CC&S that IUJ students are calling them, and to ask us to stop them
- You get completely ignored
- You might be interrupting negotiations between IUJ and the company that we are not at liberty to announce
The CS&S works hard behind the scenes. We are not always able to tell students everything that is going on because the company requests confidentiality. As soon as we are allowed to make information public, we do so. Please ask us about Japanese companies and what we recommend for each one.