2020 Strategy for Balancing Career, Personality and Lifestyle B

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Career development courses
Ricinschi Dan  Maeda Masaaki  Ichihashi Yasuhisa  Akagi Hirofumi 
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Course description and aims

As a training course of the Academic Leaders Program (ALP) targeted at D1 and D2 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 doctral students an overview of new trends in science and technology and the related career perspectives, specifically in a global environment. The 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 individual instructors will provide useful tips and tricks to the 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 course includes 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.
Four instructors with different specialized areas will give the same lectures intensively at Ookayama campus in 2Q and Suzukakedai campus in 3Q.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 10:45‒12:25, Friday, June 26 at O-okayama S221 “Overview of career paths for international doctoral students”(Hirofumi Akagi)
Class 2 13:30‒17:05, Friday, June 26 at O-okayama S221 “Career path of a business engineer” (Masaaki Maeda)
Class 3 13:30‒17:05, Friday, July 3 at O-okayama S221 "Career path of a research and development engineer” (Yasuhisa Ichihashi)
Class 4 13:30‒17:05, Friday, July 17 at O-okayama S221 “Data‒intensive science: New challenges and career perspectives” (Dan Ricinschi) ※There's a possibility that schedule may be modified.



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Related courses

  • Other career courses.

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Office hours

Weekday 9:00‒17:00


Intensive: Four days

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