An increasingly demanding economic and business climate has made the provision of career placement services to students a critical task for universities. Kanagawa University places importance on career development and job placement support from the early stages of our students' education, based on a clear understanding of the demands of employers and the era in which we live.

Career Development through the Regular Curriculum from First Year

We operate a university-wide career development system, incorporating careers education within the framework of regular course programs. An integrated curriculum spanning the first two years of study aims to develop the personal qualities required to contribute to the maintenance of our social systems, equipping students with the beliefs, norms, responsibility, and spirit of coexistence and contribution through which they can pursue self-realization and a vision for the future as mature adults.

Extensive Career Development Programs

Kanagawa University has developed a unique program called “My Value” to help our students prepare for the job market. This program offers a wide range of courses for practical job-seeking skills, including self-evaluation, self-promotion, researching potential employers, and strategies for employment interviews.
The university also operates an annual careers fair at which students can meet with recruiters from nearly 1,000 companies. Our fine-tuned support system also includes one-on-one job placement consultation sessions and practice interviews.

A Rich Archive of Corporate Information

Students are provided with all the information they need in their search for employment, including company profiles, job listings, and records of past students’ job-hunting activities, as well as a searchable electronic database of around 23,000 companies. These information sources can also be used for purposes such as researching prospective employers and preparing for civil service examinations.

Supporting “U-Turn” and “I-Turn” Employment

Students come from all over Japan to enroll in our university, and many hope to return to their hometowns to work after graduation. The Career Office operates guidance sessions to assist these “U-turn” and “I-turn” job seekers, and a section in the Career Information Office is devoted to job listings filed by prefecture and recruitment magazines. Advice is also provided on techniques for approaching the U-turn and I-turn support centers operated by prefectural governments. In addition, career forums are held in regions that are highly represented in the student body.

*“U-turn” and “I-turn” are terms used to describe a worker migration phenomenon in Japan. The former, “U-turn” refers to people who leave their regional area and move to the cities, then return, while the latter, “I-turn” refers to people who leave their regional area, live in the city for a period of time, then move to a regional area other than the one they originated from.

A Diverse Range of Preparatory Courses for Certification

A variety of courses leading to national qualifications and other official certifications are offered on campus. These courses are taught in collaboration with well-respected vocational schools and offered at a reasonable cost not only to current students but also to their parents, alumni, and, in certain cases, local residents.

Courses offered in the 2017 academic year include:

Administrative Scrivener, Certified Social Insurance Labor Consultant, Secretary Skill Test (2nd and Pre-1st Grades), Financial Planning Proficiency Test 2nd Grade, Official Business Skill Test in Bookkeeping (3rd and 2nd Grades), Registered Real-Estate Transaction Consultant, Certified Travel Service Supervisor, Registered Customs Specialist, etc.

Internships

Kanagawa University provides internship opportunities to current students to experience work in private enterprises, governmental organizations and other workplaces. This practical experience in preferred careers helps students to identify outlooks on career, and also leads to higher retention rates of job after graduation. An impressive track record has been built through pre-internship training programs, support structures, and other systems involving careful attention to detail at the execution stage. An internship is offered as part of the regular curriculum to undergraduates from all the faculties and departments, as well as Overseas Internship Program. In the 2016 academic year, 364 students of Kanagawa University experienced internships in Japan and 29 students experienced internships overseas.

Career Support for International Students

Job Search Assistance Program for International Students

Lectures are given on topics such as the job-hunting process in Japan, taking part in internships, and important points regarding the procedure for changing your visa status.

  • Guidance on Starting a Job Search (May)
  • Seminar on Preparing for an Internship (May)
  • Seminar on Internship Business Etiquette (July)
  • Seminar on Self-Assessment and Dealing with Application Documents (October)
  • Seminar on Researching Industries/Companies (November)
  • Seminar on Dealing with Interviews (January)
  • Seminar on the Immigration Control Act and Visa Status Modification Procedure (February)

*The content and timing of events are subject to change.

Internship Support

Each year, many international students benefit from internship experiences through the international student internship program, whose sponsors include the Kanagawa-ken Employers’ Association and Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners.