I attended an SGI meeting yesterday in San Francisco, and we had a discussion session during the meeting.
We talked about the importance of being ourselves and how it is hard to do so. We have a lot of pressure to be a certain way. I’m in the midst of job hunting right now, and it requires me to really think about about myself and what I want to accomplish in my career. At the same time, I get a lot of pressure from a lot of people like my parents. Everyone except me in my family lives in Tokyo, Japan. It is therefore natural for me to think of Japan as one of the places to work and get settled. At the same time, however, most Japanese companies have this strange and rather crazy recruiting system where they hire a lot of newly graduates from college once a year and just once a year. An interesting implication of this system is that if you miss that opportunity, your chance of getting hired becomes extremely small.
This kinda digresses from my main subject today but here are some more interesting facts about job hunting in Japan.