Overseas students in Japan have taken turned to online job information fairs, events that also allow companies in rural areas access to a more diverse range of candidates, to look for work amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, May 22, a virtual fair was held, joined by nine companies, and attended by over 1,100 students from 24 countries and territories such as Indonesia and Thailand. The event also included seminars on job hunting in Japan and a personal consultation corner.
Questions from the job seekers included wanting to know what the companies expect from foreign students to the level of Japanese ability required and how much overtime there would be per month.
A labor ministry official also said online job fairs and interviews have helped new graduates.
“There was a period last year when all job-hunting activities halted, but the rates of those who found jobs have gradually improved, partly due to the spread of online interviews,” the official said.
The job-search season for students who will graduate next March got off to a solid start, said Recruit Co., which operates Rikunabi, a major job-hunting website.
According to the company, the percentage of those who found work as of May 1 stood at 51.3 percent of graduating students, up 5.6 points from a year earlier, and about the same level as in pre-pandemic 2019.
The ministries intend to continue their support for students by, for example, retaining the same number of career counselors as last year–around 1,400 – an increase of 20% from the pre-pandemic period.