2019 Strategies for Balancing Career, Personality and Lifestyle (Master Course) C

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Career development courses
Akagi Hirofumi  Ricinschi Dan  Gonzales Hazel Bantolino  Berrar Daniel 
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Intensive (すずかけ台, S8 , レクチャーホール)  
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Course description and aims

As career courses for Master's students, these lectures will cover career design strategies for future scientists and professionals working either in academia or industry.
The prospects of an international career will be discussed based on some particularities of the work and research environments in different countries, and suggestions will be given about practical ways of starting on this career path.

Student learning outcomes

The goal of this intensive lecture series is to provide the students an overview of new trends in science and technology and the related career perspectives, specifically in a global environment. Students will learn how to explore prospective career paths, how to develop professional networking skills, and how to cope with challenges in the workplace. With a focus on international career development, the lectures willprovide useful tips for students planning to pursue research at an overseas institute as well as at R&D departments of private companies and in academia.


Career Design strategy, Acquisition of international career, Communication and interpersonal skills, Environmental changes surrounding the doctoral degrees awarded, Paradigm changes in scientific research.

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This will be a 4-times class that will include a lecture, short class activity, and open discussion. The lecture will tackle several topics including techniques and skills development; enhancement of communication and interpersonal skills; and coping with challenges in the workplace.
The four classes will be given intensively within consecutive two weeks, at Suzukakedai campus, by four instructors with different specialized area.

・Students will be requested to prepare a report based on the information communicated at each class, and this will be the basis of their evaluation. (D. Ricinschi’s class)
・As a practice of career path exploration, a short class activity will be done. The latter part of the class will be devoted to some open discussions for personal assessment, career experiences, and career accomplishments. (HBGonzales’ class)

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 10:00‒12:15, Wed., October 9, Suzukake-dai S8 Lecture hall “Overview of carrier design for graduate stundents in Japan”(Hirofumi Akagi) -Understand an overview of carrier design for graduate stundents in Japan.
Class 2 13:20‒16:35, Wed., October 9, Suzukake-dai S8 Lecture hall “Data science: concepts, challenges and career perspectives” (Daniel Berrar) Learn the career development in computing science. -Submission of exercises is imposed.
Class 3 13:20‒16:35, Thu., October 17, Suzukake-dai S8Lecture hall “Career Design: Guide to Choosing a Career”(Hazel B. Gonzales) Learn the career development in chemical engineering and related fields. -Identify techniques and skills to be developed for career enhancement. -Explore career path and discuss priorities in career choices. -Submission of exercises is imposed.
Class 4 13:20‒16:35, Fri., October 18 Suzukake-dai S8 Lecture hall “Career advice for scientists: from postdoctoral researchers working in academia or industry” (Dan Ricinschi) ※There's a possibility that schedule may be modified. -Learn career development for scientists focused on Materials Science and related fields. -Submission of exercises is imposed.



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Assessment criteria and methods

Activities in class (70%) and Exercise problem submission (30%).

Related courses

  • Other career courses.

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