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On 9th February, I visited Tokyo Institute of Technology which I graduated for Bachelor of Engineering. The reason of visiting was to join the free-talk event which is planned and organized by students to have a place for asking questions and discuss working life with the alumni. There were students from different faculties and in various semesters of their studies.
I talked about my past studies and the current position at Continental as an HR trainee and answered questions. The 2 hour time slot went by very quickly.
Although our company was not so familiar to the students, by the end the session it seemed that some of them had big interest in Continental. One of the questions was about our hiring-preference: master or bachelor? My answer: At Continental Japan we encourage both degree holders to apply to our company. We have a training program called DRIVE for new graduates where they can learn practical and advanced engineering skills and knowledge within the company which is designed for both degree holders.
My impression of this session was that the university students still do not have very clear image about their occupations or career path after finishing university. It was not even clear yet whether they become an engineer or pursue a career as a public officer.
As I could remember how I felt myself at the same age, also I was not sure how things learned in university can be leveraged in the real society or in companies. It was not easy for me to decide what I would do for work. However, meeting the alumni and asking questions how it could be like working in the company can be a help for their career in the near future. I decided for Continental, because I had the feeling that Continental trust employees to take action and responsibility from the first year and it was true. I really like being able to get my hands in a global project and be a part of driver to make things possible.
Through this activity (we call it ambassador program), we will not only recruit new graduates but also help students to make own decisions on their career path and what to become, which I think is very meaningful. I would like to thank all my colleagues who support such activities!
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