2020 Master's Career Plan A2

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Akagi Hirofumi  Sanjo Yoshihiro  Minami Yuko 
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Course description and aims

Master students considering a career in industry (≈ private company) or academia, or becoming an entrepreneur, will cultivate the necessary career viewpoint in this course. First we will analyze the current situation for scientists and engineers building a career (mainly in Japan), and then introduce possible important career choices that could happen in the next 5 or 11 years. By gaining an understanding of the job search process, developing skills based on the schedule for career selection, and learning what information is important to know, students will learn practical skills for designing their future life.
The instructor will introduce several reference works to that end. Students submit exercise problems, either referring to the works or going on their own understanding. (The content and format of the problems will be indicated in lecture.) Students who have started a master's program, but don't know what they want to do in the future, are also targeted. Conversely, for those who began thinking about doing a doctoral course in the future, we will introduce what we should do and do for future reference. We will think about life planning that looks ahead to not just building a career as an engineer or researcher, but also later their life as a citizen, employee, and academic.

Student learning outcomes

What should students expect from a "Master's Career Plan Lecture"? The acquisition of academic wisdom? Literacy? Acquisition of know-how? There is an "expiration date" for each insight gained from these. In this course we talk about timespans stretching from 5 to 11 years into the future. We attempt to make a lecture that aims at a best mix of academics, literacy, and know-how in line with those insights, as mentioned above.
The course is structured such that after introducing present data analysis and career building for technical students, we will summarize life design as an engineer or researcher. In addition, students will hone the knowledge for determining job search scheduling and the time frame for the entry to the job market. This course is not simply a seminar for job search know-how, or a career psychology lecture, but rather is a practical course dedicated to career plan for Tokyo Tech master students and understanding and acquiring the basic skills for that.


Master's career plan,  Continual self-awareness,  Career of engineers and researchers,
Seniority⇒ Merit-base system +Achievement-base system,  PD problem,  Job hunting and career design、
Communication skills,  Presentation,  Research skills

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

There will be seven Zoom-based on-line classes.
Lecture handouts will be uploaded as soon as each lecture is finished.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 15:25-17:05,Wed., May 6 at Suzukake-dai B223 Career course guidance. Flow of this lecture and the explanation of evaluation method. Introduction of reference books.
Class 2 15:25-17:05,Wed., May 13 at Suzukake-dai B223 Job hunting and Career Plan  Detailed description of a report.
Class 3 15:25-17:05,Wed., May 20 at Suzukake-dai B223 Special lecture I by a guest speaker.
Class 4 15:25-17:05,Wed., May 27 at Suzukake-dai B223 Special lecture II by another guest speaker.
Class 5 15:25-17:05,Wed., June 3 at Suzukake-dai B223 Comparison in research and/or development between companies and universities.
Class 6 15:25-17:05,Wed., June 10 at Suzukake-dai B223 Career plan in academia.
Class 7 15:25-17:05,Wed., June 17 at Suzukake-dai B223 Summary. Career realization. Submission deadline of the report



Reference books, course materials, etc.

「理系のためのキャリアデザイン 戦略的就活術」 増沢隆太、丸善出版、2,000円
「就職迷子の若者たち」 小島貴子、集英社新書0359E、集英社、680円              
「自分の小さな「鳥カゴ」から飛び立ちなさい」 河合江里子、ダイヤモンド社、1,400円
「アメリカの大学・ニッポンの大学」 苅谷剛 彦、中公新書ラクレ429、中央公論新社、840円
「理系のための研究生活ガイド(第2版)」 坪田一男、ブルーバックスB-1671、講談 社、940円
「A PHD is not enough !」 Peter J. Feiberman 、Perseus Books Group

Assessment criteria and methods

Report submission. 

Related courses

  • Other career courses

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

This lecture is a modified subject of 'master's career design Ⅱ' until FY2017. It is impossible to take duplicate courses with the old subject.
Although you can do duplicate registration with other C0M compliant career subjects, you should note that one credit is required for the C0M compliant career subjects.

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