Having lived my first 12 years in Japan and spending a study abroad year at university in Tokyo, this motivated me to come and work in Japan.
I moved to the UK just after finishing my primary school and joined the local secondary school in Bournemouth. My environment changed completely, and it broadened my horizons at a very young age. Despite learning all my subjects in English and settling down to the UK lifestyle, I have always considered my home as Japan. This is because of the strong family bonds that I have had since birth with my Japanese relatives. To keep up my Japanese level I chose to study a joint hour degree at university which was Business Studies and Japanese. Through this programme, I had the chance to experience Japanese university student life in Tokyo for a year. This was the year that gave me the confidence to work in Japan. As well as student life, I had the chance to work as an intern in a Japanese jewellery shop, represent Meiji university exchange students and I also worked with Meidai support Co. Ltd as an international navigator organising events. This gave me a great insight of work in Japan, not only using my bilingual skills, but also using the business knowledge from my degree in a real-life working environment. By the time I returned home to the UK, I had a clearer vision of my career choice.
I am glad I chose World Avenue to work at. With the welcoming and warm atmosphere, and all the staff being able to understand and speak English, I did not find it difficult to communicate. So, there was no stress of not being able to communicate. Tokyo is starting to feel like my new home, because of World Avenue and the people who I work with, and I feel that I am starting to settle in. With the friendly yet professional environment, I am sure you will be able to fit in very well.
Having experienced working in a language school for three consecutive summers, I developed an interest in the English education sector.
I enjoyed working with people from all over the world and it gave me an insight of what it is like for foreign students when they go abroad to study English and the difficulties they have. I could relate to the students as I was once in their shoes. Through working at the language school, I developed a clear insight of what field of work I would like to go into. I wanted to become a bridge between Japan and English-speaking countries. In my final year at university, I started to research the possibility of working at a study abroad agency.
During my HR course at university, I was taught that the interviewer has great importance on attracting applicants. I didn’t really take this into consideration until I experienced several interviews with other companies. The interview with World Avenue was the first, and possibly the only company, in which I felt excited about my future and with what I would like to achieve. I felt that I could build my career at this company. There was a point where I thought of staying in the UK after graduation, as that would be an easier option. However, the interview with World Avenue gave me a clear vision and I am glad that I chose to move and work at World Avenue.
In the future, I would like to take advantage of my language skills to visit various schools/ university overseas, participate in events to create connections and be involved in the marketing side of the job. I will explain in more detail below, but two months in I am carrying out responsible tasks and it is rewarding. I would like to increase my workload and would like to find my own way to carry out tasks.
I believe that work is a place where you build and enhance your skills. World Avenue is the place where you can achieve your full potential.
In my second month here, I was asked to co-run the official twitter page, where I tweet in English and in Japanese daily. Trying to increase the twitter engagement is a goal for me, and I enjoy coming up with new ideas and trying to figure out what is the best way to make it enjoyable yet educational at the same time. In addition, at World Avenue we carry out koryu-kai twice a month where customers get to meet other customers before departure. This is to build friendships and change any worries to excitement. Also, at koryu-kai I give an English class to build their up their confidence before departure.
These are examples of the tasks I am responsible for in the short period of time I have been working at World Avenue. As I said before, you can achieve your full potential here and I have remained highly motivated since starting my job here. I am sure you will feel the same and I look forward to working with you.