The exchange program changed the outlook on life. Awarded as “Leader of Tomorrow” at an international conference.
Every day of communication and negotiation as a human resources consultant
I am currently working as a senior consultant at Robert Walters, a specialist recruitment agency. I decided to join this company and follow this career path because I liked the fact that I could use Japanese and English, and also it involved a lot of communication with people from different backgrounds. It was also very appealing for me that you could get promoted within the organization if you meet certain targets, and the career path was clear.
My job is supporting people who are trying to change jobs or looking for jobs, and also the companies looking for certain workers. It requires a lot of communication in supporting the interview process and in negotiating contracts with the employer, sometimes with executives of very well known global companies. I never imagined that I would be able to talk to them in my 20s!
4 years of learning the basics of negotiations and various perspectives
My daily work of negotiating with people from diverse backgrounds and talking about different topics is based on the experience I gained in my four years at the university.
During the internship at a supply chain related company in Mexico, where I studied as an exchange student, I have learned the basics of negotiations. I was an account manager hence I had to negotiate fees with Mexican clients and be in touch with suppliers in China. This experience is very useful in my current work.
Also knowing some of the issues “dalits” face in Nepal was an experience that opened my eyes to the world. This experience taught me not to assume things, since not everyone has the same background as I do.
My four years in Global Studies have provided me with more opportunities than I had imagined. In particular, the exchange program with overseas is a highlight of my college days.
Since I was able to get a scholarship, I could focus on the studies in Mexico, and it made my life more enjoyable. There, I was also able to make not only Mexican friends, but also the friends from all over the world.
Attending the summit in Egypt was another life changing experience. It was surprising when I was told during my stay in Egypt that I was selected to give the speech in the ending ceremony. This experience of sharing my experience and inspiring 3,500 audiences gave me lots of confidence.
I couldn’t get those unforgettable experiences without the support of the professors and the administrative staffs of Ritsumeikan University. I think it's really wonderful to have such many opportunities to gain various perspectives with the exchange programs.
I value them a lot, and I would like to keep doing social projects and attend conferences while working.