2018 Master's Career Design A1

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Career development courses
Furuta Kenji  Nakajima Takeo  Akiyama Tomonori  Akiba Shigeyuki 
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Wed7-8(大岡山(Ookayama), W531(レクチャーシアター))  
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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

Student learning outcomes

・Can understand the viewpoint and thought process for considering one's own career.
・Can understand the differnce about the technology and the R&D activitites between academia and industries.
- Can Understand the meaning of advancing on to the doctoral program, or joining industry.
- Can Understand the meaning of PhDs in the global researcher and engineer world.
- Can Understand what kind of engineers and researchers are currently sought after, whether in academic or industry.
- Can understand an overall understanding of the role of technology in industry, the areas where engineering talent is active, and the true picture of HR management.
・Can understand the right things to do for the job search activities.


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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

・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.
・Studenst are requested to submit feedback card evry class and the comments on the cards are used for evaluation.
・Clesses from 1st through 7th will be 90 minutes and 8th class will be 45minutes.

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. ・What do you think about your future carrier at this moment? ・What is your direct carrier just after the master course completed?
Class 2 Images of the researchers and engineers , 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 & nature.
Class 3 Way of understanding about technologies in the industries. Differnce between academia and Industry about the meaning of technologies. Dual ladder system of the resercher and the engineer. Disect your own technology into components technologies and evaluate those technologies.
Class 4 Jobs and positions of the technology related staff in th ecompany. Chenge happening in the industries. Meaning and importance of Dotoral degree and PhD. Compare yourself against doctoral the course student and think about the direction of your self-education.
Class 5 Exapanding th eview scope about carrier selection. The real experience for working in the global society. Requiers to work actively in the global world. Imagine youself ten years after from now.What do you thik about your future and what are you doing at that time?
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 Think about the barrier for the Japanese students to work at the foreign capital comapnies. ・What do you think about the attractiveness of Japan for the global companies.
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, ・Describe your current idea about your future carrer and the direct carrier just after the master course completed?
Class 8 Business environment surrounding Japanese companies and the general structure of the compensation system. ・Describe the event most imppressive to you occured last year.


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

・Comments on the feedback card submitted every class(70%)
・Assignment Reports (30%)

Related courses

  • Pragmatic theory of technology management
  • Doctor career design

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

Daily conversation level Japanese language is recommended.

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