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Youth Empowerment Programme: Australia and New Zealand Careers in Japan

13 Feb 2019 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On 7 February, the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) held its fifth Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) event with guest representative speakers Tanya Orr (Air New Zealand), Yuichi Hirose (ANZ), Emma Ley (ANZ), Chika Narukawa (ANZ), Yasuo Suzuki (Fonterra), Elizabeth Cox (Macquarie), Kohei Tamura (Rio Tinto) and Andrew Chapman (systemsGo). Over 50 attendees came to hear and talk with Australian and New Zealand companies operating in Japan.

YEP Chair, Eve Bentley made welcoming remarks to all at the event and introduced the representative speakers for the evening. After the guest speakers briefly introduced themselves, the attendees broke off into their respective allocated groups and had the opportunity to ask questions with the company representatives. The evening concluded with a networking session, in which attendees and speakers engaged to talk about career opportunities and prospects within Australian and New Zealand companies in Japan.

Two most frequently asked questions during the event were in relation to language skill competency and working culture/environment within the representative’s companies. Many participants were concerned with the companies’ language requirement. To address this one of the speakers mentioned that although it is preferable to be fluent in both English and Japanese, companies are more likely to focus on skills, experience and specific degrees and technical capabilities required for the job. On working culture, the Australian and New Zealand companies were able to find a balance between the office culture back home with the one in Japan, including dealing with overtime, maternity leave and work pressure, although this was something managers needed to keep on top of to encourage a healthy work environment.

The attendees and speakers enjoyed making connections with a variety of people who participated in the event. The Youth Empowerment Program’s mission is to continue to empower young professionals in Tokyo by helping them to connect with one another and be exposed to the career opportunities in Japan.

2月7日(木)、第五回Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)が開催された。ニュージーランド航空、オーストラリア・ニュージーランド銀行、フォンテラ、マッコーリー証券会社、リオティント、そしてシステムズゴーと、日本で展開するオーストラリア・ニュージーランド企業計6社が参加した。オーストラリアやニュージーランドと関わるようなキャリア構築を目指す学生・社会人50人ほどが集まり、会場は大いににぎわった。





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