The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) hosts JET Programme Career Fairs to respond to both the interests of JET Programme participants seeking employment in Japan and Japanese companies/organisations seeking multilingual, global personnel. These career fairs function as a platform for the two groups to meet within Japan.
Here, we introduce the results of a satisfaction survey carried out among companies which took part in the career fairs held last year. Please take a look at the results below.
JET Programme Career Fair in Osaka
Date: Saturday, 28 January 2017
Recruitment Seminar: 11:30-12:50; Career Far: 14:00-17:00
Location: Herbis Hall, 2-5-25 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Number of participants: approx. 150 JET participants
Number of exhibitors: 30 companies
JET Programme Career Fair (Greater Tokyo)
Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2016, 14:00-17:00
Location: PACIFICO Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Number of participants: approx. 400 JET participants
Number of exhibitors: 74 companies
Number of Booth Visitors
At the Greater Tokyo career fair, most booths welcomed 41 or more visitors, with the average figure for the Osaka career fair being 26-30 visitors. This indicates a high overall average number of JET participants visiting each booth.
95% of companies attending the Greater Tokyo career fair replied that they were either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’, with 100% of companies at the Osaka career fair indicating satisfaction. This indicates a high level of satisfaction, in parallel with the number of booth visitors.
Of those participants with which companies had contact, 88% of companies attending the Greater Tokyo career fair responded that they would like to meet subsequently with at least one participant on an individual basis; this figure stood at 85% among companies attending the Osaka career fair. This indicates that there was a high match of suitability among candidates at both fairs.
Feedback from Participating Companies
・The level of Japanese language skill was extremely high, and we could envision employing almost everyone we met.
・Participants excelled at self expression and demonstrated a strong sense of professionalism.
・Many participants had experience in education, with many wanting to work in regional areas.
・Many participants had a strong understanding of Japanese culture and if employed could be expected to fit in and work well in our organisation
・Participants seemed to have done research in advance and were very well prepared. They were highly skilled and very talented.
・Everyone seemed to have a strong desire to gain employment with Japanese companies.
・Participants were very energetic and showed qualities not always present in Japanese people (e.g. positivity).
・The Japanese language skill level was high.
・There were some people who did not have clear employment objectives.
・Interviews and relationship building with people who had travelled long distances
Participant Country of Origin
Looking at the country of origin of the visitors to the JET Programme Career Fairs held last year, 60% were from America, followed by such Western countries as the UK and Canada, then by Australia and New Zealand. More than 80% of visitors were in their twenties, with more than 50% responding that they were considering finding employment in Japan.
Desired Job-type / Number of Booths Visited
It can be inferred that the preferred job-types selected by the participants reflect the participants’ desire to use their Japanese language skills as well as their work experience (which, for many, is Assistant Language Teacher). In terms of the number of booths visited, at the Greater Tokyo fair most participants visited between 6-10 companies, indicating participants were seeking to gain an understanding of a wide range of companies. At the Osaka fair, the average number of booths visited was between 1-5, although 40% of participants visited 6-10 company booths.
Feedback from Participants in the Greater Tokyo Career Fair
・There were really friendly and relaxed companies which provided loads of information and really tried to help, so overall it was really good!
・Those companies which I’d been sure I wouldn’t have any interest in and had no expectations about, actually turned out to be very interesting!
・The event was really well run, and there was a lot of information of benefit to JET participants and loads of information on what to do after the programme, so it really was worth it.
・I was able to meet with a lot of companies I hadn’t known about before, many of which I’d love to apply for!
・The representatives were all really friendly and explained clearly about the jobs I could apply for.
Feedback from Participants in the Osaka Career Fair
・I was able to learn a lot about the process of finding employment, and I hope to be able to use the techniques I learned to find somewhere to work after I complete the JET Programme.
・I was able to get detailed explanations and useful advice on what is expected of applicants and how best to prepare.
・It was a great fair, as I was able to discover career options other than language instruction for my post-JET Programme career.
・The morning keynote speech was wonderful, and the interviews and seminars were really worthwhile!
・I was pleased to see that the participating companies were looking for people with differing levels of Japanese ability.
・I was able to take part in a mock interview, through which I got some useful advice, which was great. I was also able to ask about the companies in great detail.
- Information for Companies Part 1:JET Programme Framework / Performance / Participating Countries
- Information for Companies Part 2:Residence Status
- Information for Companies Part 3:Career Fairs and Internship Q&A
- Information for Companies Part 4:Satisfaction among Companies taking part last year
- Information for Companies Part 5:JET Alumni Working in Japan