2016 Master's Career Design I

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Furuta Kenji  Nakajima Takeo 
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Course description and aims

As lectures are given in Japanese in this course, the ability to understand Japanese used in daily conversation is essential. This course aims to provide master's degree students with a base for thinking about their future career. It is important for both students advancing on to the doctoral degree program and students who will join industry to imagine their future career, position themselves within that process, and consider the next step. Towards that end, they must first get a full picture of both paths. They must also learn the meaning of advancing on to the doctoral degree program. Students will begin with considering the meaning of PhDs and masters in a global society of researchers and engineers. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about the approach to qualifications and competence required of researchers and engineers in academia and industry, as well as consider a future career suitable to themselves. Furthermore, the instructor will lecture on topics for which scarce information is available to students, such as the role of technology in industry, the full picture of what researchers and engineers do, HR management and the type of people sought in companies. On the other hand, the instructor will also touch on specifics of the job hunt as the lecture progresses.

Student learning outcomes

- Gain an understanding of the viewpoint and thought process for considering one's own career.
- Understand the meaning of advancing on to the doctoral program, or joining industry.
- Understand the meaning of PhDs in the global researcher and engineer world.
- Understand what kind of engineers and researchers are currently sought after, whether in academic or industry.
- Have an overall understanding of the role of technology in industry, the areas where engineering talent is active, and the true picture of HR management.


Academia, Industries, Innovator and Inventor, Career path, Research & Development, Technical capability, Doctor, Internship, Job finding

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

50 participants or fewer are intended for one class.
The instructor will use PowerPoint in each lecture, make use of tables and charts with many examples, and advance the lecture in an easy-to-understand way.
In addition, simple problems will be assigned in a few classes, to encourage students to deepen their understanding of key lecture points.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Summary of the career design, Diversified fields for the technical talents, Difference between job finding and work finding, Introduction of the career development support program of Tokyo Tech.
Class 2 Images of the technical human resources, Innovator and Inventor, Value creation process model, Various models of the technical capabilities required in industries Recognition about the importance and self-evaluation of the required capability & quality.
Class 3 Human resource management in the industries in terms of philosophy, management processes such as dual ladder system etc., required capability of a researcher and an engineer.
Class 4 Environment about doctor in the global business society, Meaning and the expectation to the doctor. Activities in the university and in the industry in Japan for taking advantage doctors' capability Present idea about your own future career
Class 5 Definition of business, Difference in the recognition about technology between in the university and in the corporation. The role and the strategic meaning of the technology as the strategic tool for the business Your own opinion about the favorite/non-favorite point against the R&D in the industry
Class 6 Meaning and the reality to work for the foreign affiliate in Japan; The current situation of foreign affiliates in Japan, The hiring process, human resource management, meaning to work for the foreign affiliate in Japan, pros and cons of working for a foreign affiliates in Japan Your idea about the reality of the working for the foreign affiliate
Class 7 Job finding activity, Action flow of the job finding activity in Japan, Key points of company selection, Understanding about the issues of current industry, Meaning of the internship as the career design process, Your impression about value creation activity in the corporation and technology related activities in the industry


No OTC textbook. The lecture materials will be prepared by the lecturer and printed for the student and will be uploaded on the OCW-i.

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

・Understanding of lectures (70%)
・Reports (30%)

Related courses

  • Pragmatic theory of technology management
  • Doctor career design

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Daily conversation level of the Japanese language

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