2021 Master's Career Design C

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Izumi Akira  Akagi Hirofumi  Seino Chiaki  Otsuka Hiroshi  Goto Takumi 
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Course description and aims

The purpose of this course is for master's program students to acquire basic knowledge and skills that will help them decide their own career paths after completing the course and build their careers in the future. This course covers all career paths, including admission to the doctoral program ,and employment in industry after completing the master's program.

After completing the master's program, in order to play an active role in society in the future, it is extremely important to acquire "how to live" in addition to what you learned in students' major course. This is the purpose of the career development education program at Tokyo Tech, and the purpose of this lecture is to comprehensively condense the basic items necessary for that purpose. Lectures will be given by a faculty member and lecturers who have abundant practical experience in central government offices, universities and private companies.

In this course, after taking a bird's-eye view of what kind of careers Tokyo Tech students are taking after completing the master's program, students learn about rules, ethics, flow of money in companies and universities, entrepreneurship, etc., which are an indispensable knowledge necessary for building a career for the future. They also think about how to build a career path in industry and academia with a global perspective. In addition, students learn the basic manners of working adults who are useful in job-hunting and a real world. The content of the lecture should be understood efficiently from outline, and it should be practically useful for future job-hunting and subsequent career development.

Three "Master's Career Design" courses are offered in 1Q (A1, A2, A3), two in 2Q (B1, B2), and one in 3Q (C). The contents are basically the same, and the "Master's Career Design" course does not necessarily have to be taken prior to other career development courses, so it is desirable to make a course plan by yourself so as not to concentrate on a specific lecture.

Since there is a possibility that students will concentrate on the lectures offered in 1Q and 2Q, the maximum number of students taking each lecture will be 250 from the viewpoint of ensuring the quality of the lectures. Therefore, depending on the number of applicants for the course, a lottery may be conducted by the method described in "Others" below to determine who can take the course. The method of determining students who can take the course depends on the lecture (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2). Therefore, be sure to read and understand how to determine the students who can take the course, by reading carefully each syllabus of the courses. In addition, regarding the status of who can take each course, this syllabus and the Innovator and Inventor Development Platform (IIDP) website (https://www.titech.ac.jp/english/enrolled/career/career_education/master-career.html) will be updated to provide related information. So keep track of the latest situation.

There is no limit on the number of students who can take a lecture offered in 3Q.

Distribution of lecture materials, submission of reports, and communication related to lectures will be done using the OCWi system.

Students who have taken "Master's Career Plan" and "Master's Career Design II" (LAC.M402), which were offered previously, cannot take this course.

Student learning outcomes

・ Understand that you have the opportunity to choose various career paths such as academia and industry as your future career.
・ Understand the rules of the world and the flow of money in companies and universities as indispensable knowledge necessary for job hunting and future career development.
・ Understand industry-academia collaboration and entrepreneurship.
・ Understand the outline of manners for job-hunting and as a member of society.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
Faculty members and lecturers with abundant practical experience in central government offices, universities, and companies give lectures based on their own experience.


Academia, Industries, Career development, Research & Development, Doctor, Internship, Job finding, Entrepreneurship

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The lecturers will use PowerPoint presentations in each lecture, make use of tables and charts with many examples, and advance the lecture in an easy-to-understand way.

The 3rd and 5th lectures will be held as a "Kuramae Seminar" jointly held by the Kanagawa Branch of the Tokyo Tech Alumni Association (Kuramae Kougyoukai), with lecturers from Tokyo Tech graduates who are active in business and society.
In these lectures, about 5 students will make short oral presentations on the given theme as "panelists" at each time, and receive comments from the lecturer. Panelists will be recruited from among the students in the 1st and 2nd lectures.

OTSUKA Hiroshi, Research Manager, Fujitsu
GOTO Takumi, CEO, Libry
AKAGI Hirofumi, Professor Emeritus, Specially Appointed Professor, Innovator and Inventor Development Platform, Tokyo Tech.
SEINO Chiaki, Specially Appointed Professor, Office of Research and Innovation, Tokyo Tech. (Official of Japan Patent Office)
IZUMI Akira, Specially Appointed Professor, Innovator and Inventor Development Platform, Tokyo Tech. (Official of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

Schedule and contents are subject to change due to lecturers' convenience.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, and career path after completion of master's program students, IZUMI Akira Assignments related to the content of the lecture will be given.
Class 2 Social / business rules such as laws and standards, ethics, and social responsibility, IZUMI Akira Assignments related to the content of the lecture will be given.
Class 3 "Kuramae Seminar": Research in private companies, and carrier development of researchers in private companies, OTSUKA Hiroshi Assignments related to the content of the lecture will be given.
Class 4 Basic knowledge of money flow in companies, universities and research institutes, IZUMI Akira Assignments related to the content of the lecture will be given.
Class 5 Industry-academia collaboration, and university-led startups, SEINO Chiaki Assignments related to the content of the lecture will be given.
Class 6 "Kuramae Seminar": "Starting a business" vs "job-hunting", GOTO Takumi Assignments related to the content of the lecture will be given.
Class 7 Career design for those who aim at academia, and Summary of the course, AKAGI Hirofumi Assignments related to the content of the lecture will be given.


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

Reference books, course materials, etc.

The reference books are written in Japanese, so please refer to the Japanese syllabus. There is no English reference book.

Assessment criteria and methods

In each lecture, students are required to submit a report on assignments. In that report, how deeply they understand and consider the assignments from the perspective of developing their future career will be evaluated. 

Related courses

  • LAC.M527 : Social and Business Rules and Ethics

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

Japanese language skill enough to understand contents of lectures is required.
Students can write reports in Japanese or English.


There is no limit on the number of students who can take this lecture offered in 3Q.

Students who served as panelists in the "Kuramae Seminar" will be evaluated based on the content of the presentations, so it is not necessary to submit a report on the assignment for the lecture that they made presentations.

Please refer to the URL below for a list of career development courses offered by the Innovator and Inventor Development Platform (IIDP), including this course, and lecturers' introductions.

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