Writer: Juri.A Editor: Karen W. Translator: Ezekiel K.
Do you work? Japan is regarded as one of the hardest-working countries in the world. Money is essential for enhancing and adding value to our lives. As a student starting a new life, you always want to have a source of income to keep your lifeline connected. However, beginning something new might be frightening. Even if you have the guts to apply for a part-time job, you could experience anxiety: “What if it’s hard? I don’t want to get into trouble.” These feelings are difficult to get rid of. But after you give things a try, you’ll grow accustomed to them and the barriers will go away. I have had more than ten different part time jobs and I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each kind of business through the experiences of myself and some friends. Please use this as a guide, make the first move, and give it a shot.
※ Keep in mind that the specifics may vary by location and store from what is represented here, so please just use this as a guide.
Simple part-time job, convenience store
Don’t you picture yourself working as a cashier at a convenience store when you consider part-time jobs? Unfortunately, the author has never worked in sales, therefore I will share my friend’s perspective with you.
You may be able to directly find a full-time position at the convenience store’s company when you graduate! (This largely depends on the area or region, but in most cases convenience stores have few number of staff)
You can remember the brand of cigarettes (what’s the benefit?)
I received food for disposal when I worked the extended night shift (depending on the store, of course).
There are stores all over the country, so once you learn a job, you can apply it anywhere.
Most stores have self-checkouts, so it is much easier.
Easily accept international students
There are many stores so you can choose to work at a location near you.
You can easily be employed
Low hourly wage
A lot to remember
(Depends on the store.) Shifts are set, with no flexibility.
Difficult when crowded.
Difficult to remember the names of cigarettes.
Difficult to deal with bills and other payments
Afraid of robbers(?)
It is advantageous to approach the convenience store company where you work when job hunting, because I once had a major convenience store company ask me in their screening process whether I had worked at a convenience store. Obviously, no; however, HR will be able to inform you if this will benefit you; this should not be a disadvantage.
Restaurant halls are among the most popular part-time jobs available. I’m sure there are family restaurants and upscale restaurants, but here are some general thoughts!
Good hourly wage (depending on the store)
There are tips
You can meet new people
Get to be friends with customers
You can learn polite japanese expressions and dining etiquette at high-end restaurants
You can easily be employed
You can have some free time
(Depends on the store) You can get cute uniforms.
You can learn how to make menus
An easy challenge for international students
Not worth the hourly rate.
Uses physical strength
A lot of things to memorize
It requires teamwork, you can’t fit in if you don’t learn to cooperate
You get to handle complaints from customers
(Depends on the store.) Some people can be absent on their shifts.
Personal view is that the customer base at fine dining establishments is of a higher caliber and more generous and kind! Additionally, many of the employees are polite and educated… However, low-cost eateries like izakayas are the best venues to meet new people.
The author worked in a manufacturing company, which is frequently viewed as a one-day, short-term part-time job. The following are the advantages and disadvantages based on both one-day and long-term work!
There are some places where hourly wages are very high.
The work is easy
Almost no communication is needed.
You can be absorbed in your thoughts
Monotonous and tiring work.
Requires to work more than one shifts
Single shift has fixed working hours.
May be required to work under deplorable conditions
All of the above make this a perfect spot for someone who dislikes interacting with others and just wants to earn a little extra money!
Receptionists and information desk staff would fall under the service industry category. Numerous individuals may seek jobs in this industry in the near future. It might be a good idea to try it as a part-time job once.
You can learn polite japanese expressions and manners
Fun for people who like to talk to others.
A lot of opportunity to use a second language
(Depending on the nature of the job) It doesn’t require a lot of physical strength.
Difficult to get hired
Should exercise caution while using language
A lot of things to memorize
It’s difficult if you don’t have proper telephone manners
Students studying English will find the service industry to be an ideal atmosphere. Because there are so many foreign tourists in the city center, you will need to know English if you work there. Working in the service industry in the city center is definitely a good way to earn money and improve your English.
There are many more job types besides the five mentioned above. Trying out a part-time job and determining if it’s a good fit will lead to full-time employment. Be courageous and apply for part-time jobs you are interested in!
Writer: Juri A. Editor: Aika M. Translator:Ezekiel K.
Because of its name “international”, many students enter TIU with the expectation that there will be many international students and that they will speak English with people from other countries on a daily basis.
Did you make friends with E-track students at TIU? I guess not many students can say “Yes, I have made many international friends” because it is harder than you expected. However, I also see some J-Track students who enjoy talking with E-Track students on campus. What are the differences between people who have many E-Track friends and those who don’t? In this article, I would like to introduce some tips for making friends with E-track students.
1 Join a student internship or club
SLI (Student Leadership Interns) is a university-sponsored internship program on the TIU campus 1. The internships are a mix of E-track and J-track students (with a few exceptions), where students use English and learn skills that will be useful in their job hunting in the future. In addition to these benefits, you will also have the opportunity to interact with E-track students.
Club activities and clubs are also open to E-track students, giving them a chance to interact with each other. Clubs with vast numbers of international students are E.S.S. and TEDxTIU. There are also international students in other club activities, so participating actively in a club is a good idea.
2 Taking courses that are offered for both J-Track and E-Track students, or taking E-track courses.
Although not widely known, J-track students can also take classes with E-track students. If you feel overwhelmed and find it challenging to take E-track classes due to your language ability, we recommend that you first take a class for both E-track and J-track students, such as Cross-Cultural Communication, Contemporary Global Issues and Japan, and Business Negotiation. Mixed classes are rare, but you will have the opportunity to work on assignments and have discussions with E-track students in a teamwork environment, so you will inevitably have conversations with them. The teachers also take care of the students, so anxious students can comfortably participate in the classes. Both classes require a TOEIC score of 700 or higher.
3 Actively participate in exchange events
Are you familiar with cross-cultural exchange events? The cross-cultural exchange events are sometimes hosted by a GTI teacher and sometimes by an SLI internship. Although it depends on what kind of event you join, participating in these events is the first step to making friends with international students. Campus Globalization, to which the author of this article belongs, also holds regular workshops for E-track and J-track students to interact with each other. Even J-track students who are not good at English can comfortably speak up and challenge themselves in this program, so try a CG-sponsored workshop!
How was this article? I believe there are more opportunities to make friends with international students. The only person who can color your campus life is you! Try any one of these and start a great new semester!
あまり知られていませんが、J-track生もE-trackの授業を履修することができます。E-track生の中で一人だけで履修するのは語学力的に難しいという人は、まずはE-track生とJ-Track生の混合クラスを履修することを推奨します。混合クラスはそもそも数少ないですが、E-track生とチームワークで課題に取り組んだり、ディスカッションをする機会があるので、必然的に会話をすることになります。また、先生もある程度配慮してくれるため、不安な生徒も安心して授業に参加することができます。どちらの授業もTOEIC700点以上が必要となります。(例: Cross-Cultural Communication, Contemporary Global Issues and Japan, Business Negotiationなど）
We are well into the spring break, and after that is graduation time for many fourth-year students. In 2020 classes were offered online for the whole year, and in 2021 the class structure changed into a combination of online/ in-person and on-demand. Compared to previous years, the opportunities to interact with other people, which is one of the best parts of college life, were reduced greatly. Many may wonder, how the students who were enjoying lunchtime with their friends, greeted fellow students when passing by on campus, or approached in every class they took made friends at TIU? Yours truly, who is very reserved and only has a few friends in school, had short interviews with some students who are considered “masters in socializing” and have a lot of friends. To overcome the distance between humans resulting from the pandemic and to have a more fulfilling campus life, let’s take a look at how these students spend their time on TIU campus. Let’s take their strategies as hints to a better college experience!
The first person I would like to introduce to you is Tamaki Hiraide, a third-year student in the Department of International Media Studies, International Relations major. When she walks around campus, she has such a wide network of friends that she often stops by to greet them. She says, “I’ve been able to build friendships since the new semester started. I am open to new opportunities, which allows me to actively challenge myself at any given time.”
When she was a freshman, she joined a cultural club on campus with the hopes of gaining a sense of belonging at TIU. During the club activities, she actively talked to people around her, regardless of whether they were her seniors or juniors, and asked questions about club activities, classes, or private matters as well. TIU has many clubs, such as sports clubs and culture clubs, which allow for students to meet one another and have joyful moments together.
In her second year, Tamaki was not able to participate in club activities as much as she wanted to due to COVID-19. However, in her third year, she participated in the COC Project, a tourism project aiming at reviving the city by planning events and implementing proposed plans. In the past, she knew a lot of senior students, but as the school years passed by and younger students turned into juniors, her acquaintances broadened and she was able to make connections with students of all years.
The second person I would like to introduce is Koki Yanagisawa, a third-year student in the Department of English Communication, Language and Communication major. He is currently a member of TEDxTIU, a club where TIU students gather and organize TEDx events. Koki used to be an intern of the English Plaza team as well.
He says, “I joined a community that interests me and provokes my desire to try different things, rather than just trying to make friends.” Back in the day when he usually drop by the Oregon Café inside the English Plaza, which is now temporarily closed due to COVID, he would ask international students, “What are you drinking? What did you do in class today?” In the beginning, he had a lot of small talk, but with the motivation of “challenging myself to have difficult conversations with international students,” he made great efforts to speak in high-level English at the Oregon Café with English-speaking students. This was an important part of his English learning process. As he engaged in more and more conversation with his peers, he found the people that he likes talking to and became friends with them.
The third and final person we’d like to introduce is Chiemi Magallanesu, a first-year student in the Department of English Communication, Language and Communication major, and a member of ESS. She has a lot of friends, with her attractive qualities such as friendliness, humor, and energy.
In order to learn English, Magallanesu often joins the group of international students at the Student Plaza on TIU campus, even when she has never talked to them before, and has conversations with them. Magayanesu says, “that’s how I expanded my network.” And according to her experience, “Her Instagram QR code is very useful in making new friends!”
Chiemi Magallanesu started using Instagram after entering university, and now she has more than 1,000 followers. She says that she has made many friends through Instagram connections and that she has been able to hang out with many TIU students in person. Whenever she has questions about any of her class, she usually asks anyone in the same class with her or her friends, and uses it as a chance to socialize.
[Conclusion] How to make friends at TIU:
The three students who were interviewed for this article had the following three points in common:
Joined a club or a community
Actively talked to others in their classes, clubs, or groups on campus
Acted on their own initiatives
From this, it is clear that people who have many friends do not just stand still and wait for others to come to them, but rather initiate the interactions and go to places where they can meet people. If you are in a place where there is little interaction or limited socializing opportunities, there will be fewer chances to make friends. There may be several people who can become good friends and have many things in common with you, but you just haven’t met them yet. It might be a good idea to step out of your comfort zone and to reach out to those future friends that you haven’t talked to yet!
Let’s all keep in mind how the aforementioned students have been spending their time at school, take the shot to make friends, and make the most out of your college life.