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How To Jumpstart Your Career In Japan Or Anywhere Else

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How To Jumpstart Your Career In Japan Or Anywhere Else. What you need to understand in terms of skills acquisition and mindset to jumpstart a career in Japan (or China). It is applicable everywhere.Special attention given to Future Proofing one's career.

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How To Jumpstart Your Career In Japan Or Anywhere Else

  1. 1. How To Start & Jump Start Your Career In Japan (or Anywhere Else) The Harvey School (Katonah, New York) June 19th, 2014 Presented by James Santagata Managing Director Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. www.CareerOverDrive.com
  2. 2. Today’s Objectives & Key Takeaways 1 1. Who I Am & What I Do. 2. Where I Live & Where I Work. 3. My Career Path & How I Crossed Paths with Japan (3 Times) 4. Japan’s Hard To Get Into; Too Easy To (Physically) Leave (vs China, Europe, etc.) 5. Why Japan’s Like “Dark City” & “Lost” Combined (Why You Can’t Leave) 6. Benefits of Working In Japan (Personal & Professional Growth) 7. Visiting & Traveling In Japan Is Not Living In Japan 8. Studying In Japan Is Not Working In Japan 9. How To Prepare For A Job In Japan 10.Types of Jobs In Japan (Internships, Part-time, Full-time) 11.Making Your First Foray Into Japan (or Anywhere) For Work 12.The JET Program (Turnkey) vs “DIY” 13. Domestic (国内) vs Gaishikei (外資系) | Inbound vs Outbound Opportunities 14.How Much Japanese Language Skills Are Enough (Written / Spoken)? 15.Understanding & Mastering The Job Search Lifecycle 16.Building & Productizing Monetizable Skill Sets 17.Monetizing Those Skills Sets By Plugging Into A System 18.Future Proofing Yourself Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  3. 3. Who I Am, What I do, Where I Live, Where I Work 2 • American from California to Japan. •Deep Japan, Asia-Pacific and US coaching, training and consulting experience. • Proven International Executive Coach & Career Coach. • 11 working in Silicon Valley on industry side; in Japan/APAC 8 years as Executive Coach & Career Coach, with 6 of those years working as a recruiter (Japan/APAC). • Co-Founder & Executive Director of both the Asia-Pacific Coaching Alliance and the High-Impact Coaching Alliance. • Publisher of FirstPointJapan.com (Where Japanese Business Begins™) • B.S. Marketing/Business Administration, San Diego State University (Magna Cum Laude & Distinction in Field) • Attended University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business (Entrepreneurship) Certifications • Certified Professional Coach • Certified Employment Interview Professional • Certified NLP Practitioner • Corporate Human Resources Management • How To Be A Successful Trainer • Principles of Persuasion Workshop Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  4. 4. 3 3. My Career Path & How I Crossed Paths with Japan (3 Times) - Wells Fargo (First Interstate) - Toshiba JET Toshiba - Applied Materials (Japan Market) - Startups & Consulting (Silicon Valley) - Recruiting (Back to Japan) - Training and Coaching (Worldwide) 4. Japan Hard To Get Into; Too Easy to (Physically) Leave (vs China, Thailand, etc.) Japan Hard To Get Into; Too Easy to (Physically) Leave (like Switchbacks on a mountain) China, Thailand Easy To Get Into; Very Hard to Stay Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  5. 5. 4 5. Why Japan is like “Dark City” & “Lost” Combined (Why You Can’t Leave) - All roads lead to “Shell Beach” - You’re Always Thinking About, Finding Yourself Back (indelible marking) 6. Benefits of Working In Japan (Personal and Professional Growth) Examples of cultural asymmetries: - American vs Japan (biggest gap from American perspective) - American vs Israeli (minor gap) - Israeli vs Japan (biggest gap from Israeli & Japanese perspective) Dealing Ambiguity / Understanding Nuances / Ma-Ba-Wa (間、場、和) Myths and Memes: Japanese as Robots - Find Diversity In Socks, Pencil Cases & Accents - After The Earthquake: Hazoumon-line (Brave, Crazy, Stupid or Poor?) - The Ginza Line vs Ikegami Line (If you’re on the Ikegami line, you’re lost) - Nuance or Glare?: Harajuku, Ginza, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Ebisu, Shibuya, etc. Kuuki wo Yomu (空気を読む) EQ: Emotional Intelligence Understanding The “Matrix” by seeing the “wires” Psychological Jujutsu™ As A Construct Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  6. 6. 5 7. Visiting & Traveling In Japan Is Not Living In Japan - Honeymoon Period / Cognitive Dissonance - Culture Shock / Mitigating & Reducing It 8. Studying In Japan Is Not Working In Japan - Why? - How To Make It Become “Work”… 9. How To Prepare For A Job In Japan - Language Skills: Written, Spoken, Situation-based - Cultural Fluency / Proficiency - Cultural & Linguistic Asymmetries (Informational Asymmetries) - Professional Skills: CNIP+AL, Meetings, Email, Presentations, Socializing, etc. - Technical: Eg., Stats using spreadsheets, formulas, macros, SQL/DB queries, etc. - Eg., Understanding fashion design process; Food prep process, etc. Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  7. 7. 6 10. Types of Jobs In Japan (Part-time, Full-time) - Translator - English Teacher (private contract) - English Teacher (JET / gov’t) - CIR - Waiter / Concierge / Tours / Hospitality Management - Scientist, Technical Specialist, Software Developer/Programmer - Project Manager - “Madoguchi” - Trainer - Sales ?? - Marketing ?? Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  8. 8. 7 11. Making Your First Foray Into Japan (for work) - Internship - First Job / Second Job 12. The JET Program (Turnkey) vs “DIY” - Visa, housing, payments, etc. taken care of - Prestige and Social Status - Cocooning - Alumni Network 13. Domestic (国内) vs Gaishikei (外資系) | Inbound vs Outbound Opportunities Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  9. 9. 8 14. How Much Japanese Language Skills Are Enough (Written / Spoken)? - Depends on what you do - SWAN - Case Study: A Swiss in IBM - Case Study: A Russian Entrepreneurial Housewife 15. Understanding & Mastering The Job Search Lifecycle 16. Building & Productizing Monetizable Skill Sets 17. Monetizing Those Skills Sets By Plugging Into A System 18. Future Proofing Yourself - AI, Expert Systems, Factory Automation, Machine Vision, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, 3D Printers, Machine Translation, etc. - Local No Longer Competitive Advantage or Relevant: Ford Plant, Dry Cleaner, Bar - Speak English! All Do. ROI-centric, Cost down, Rev up, Productivity up, Unique Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com
  10. 10. Thanks for your Time! http://www.CareerOverDrive.com http://www.FirstPointJapan.com 9Copyright 2012-2014 SiliconEdge™. All rights reserved. How To Jump-Start Your Career In Japan (Or Anywhere Else) www.CareerOverDrive.com

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