2021 Master's Career Design B2

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Izumi Akira  Akagi Hirofumi  Sanjo Yoshihiro    Seino Chiaki 
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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

・Lectures will be conducted online by ZOOM. Students are required to participate in real time to ensure interactivity of the lectures.
・The instructor 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.
・In each lecture, an assignment will be imposed and request the preparation and submission of reports later. The report will be reflected in the evaluation and will be useful for the students to develop their own career in the future.

MINAMI Yuko, Visiting Professor, Gakushuin University, (former Specially Appointed Specialist, Career Advisor, Tokyo Tech.)
SANJO Yoshihiro, Representative, Nice work Design, (former President, Socionext Asia )
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)

※The order and contents of lectures may change due to the convenience of lecturers from outside organizations.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, and career path after completion of master's program students (IZUMI Akira) Presented in the lecture.
Class 2 Industry-academia collaboration, and university-led startups (SEINO Chiaki) Presented in the lecture.
Class 3 Social / business rules such as laws and standards, ethics, and social responsibility (IZUMI Akira) Presented in the lecture.
Class 4 Career development in private companies (SANJO Yoshihiro) Presented in the lecture
Class 5 Basic knowledge of money flow in companies, universities and research institutes (IZUMI Akira) Presented in the lecture.
Class 6 Job hunting (MINAMI Yuko) Presented in the lecture.
Class 7 Career design for those who aim at academia, and Summary of the course (AKAGI Hirofumi) Presented in the lecture.


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.


1.When the number of students who registered the course reaches 250, it will be announced on the IIDP site (https://www.titech.ac.jp/english/enrolled/career/career_education/master-career.html) and this syllabus. Please note that even if you register for the course after the number of people who can take the course exceeds 250, you will not be able to actually take the course.
2.Even if some of students who have registered the course withdraw their course registration afterwards, no replenishment will be done.

Please see the URL below for a list of career development courses offered at IIDP and lecturers' introduction.

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