2019 Master's Career Design B2

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Career development courses
Akiba Shigeyuki  Nakajima Takeo  Akiyama Tomonori 
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Thr5-6(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. Especially the importance to consider the careers in the global scale is emphasized. Lectures on foreign-affiliated companies will also be given as examples of global career situations. 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. Students will begin with considering the meaning of PhDs and masters in a global society of researchers and engineers under real global business situations. 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, especially in the global scale.
・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 icluding foreign-affiliated companies.
・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, Global Player, Innovator and Inventor, Career path, Research & Development, Technical capability, Type of researecher & engineer, Doctor, Foreign-affiliated companies, 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, an assignment will begiven at the end of every class to encourage students to deepen their understanding of key lecture points.
・Studenst are requested to submit feedback card at the end of every class and the answers to the assignment and the comments on the lecture 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 Evolution to Global Player (No. 1), Globalization & Diversification. Presented in the lecture.
Class 2 Evolution to Global Player (No. 2), Dramatic change in Business environment & Risk, you are about to face.  Presented in the lecture.
Class 3 Evolution to Global Player (No. 3), Communication in the global age & Misfits.  Presented in the lecture.
Class 4 Career design: Thinking about career. Jobs and positions of the technology fields and quality required for careers in the society and companies. Changes happening in the industries. Difference of how to think of technology in industry and academia. Meaning and importance of Doctoral degree and PhD. Presented in the lecture
Class 5 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 Presented in the lecture.
Class 6 Actual situations in foreign-affiliated companies: Guest speakers from 2 foreign-affiliated companies are to be invited to present examples of actual situations. Presented in the lecture.
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, Presented in the lecture.
Class 8 Summarization and discussion. Presented in the lecture.


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

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

・Responses to the assignment and Comments on the lecture which are to be answered in the feedback card submitted at every class.

Related courses

  • Pragmatic theory of technology management

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

Daily conversation level of Japanese language is recommended.

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