4 Things I Learned From Students Who Landed A Job In Japan While Studying

posted on: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Kevin Maglinte
My Good Man, this heathen calls himself "Magz" as if his own name wasn't good enough. He claims to own these titles "Web Developer Baller" and a "Social Media Ho". It appears that this ruffian has also a talent in digital art.
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Usually at times like this, finding a job is really hard especially when you’re just freshly out from college.

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Weeks ago, I met Angelica and Myko, students from UVNS studying Digital Graphics Design. Formerly from USC (University of San Carlos), Angelica studied BA Adverstising and Myko studied Computer Science.

They were hired on the spot by a Japanese company and will train in Japan for 10 months after graduating last May, all expense paid by the company.

When my boss told me about them, I immediately realized that knowing how they did it will definitely help those who recently graduated.

So here are the things I learned from them:

1. Diploma is just a piece of paper. What you need is portfolio and output.


Angelica: “In times like this, outsourcing is the most common way of getting a job.”

2. If you’re planning  on a career in IT or Design, learn the basics of both because they synergize together.


I asked them why they were hired and what is their edge. They told me that when the company gave them an exam, one of the questions involves HTML and mathematics. Though  the company told them that those questions can be skipped, they answered it anyway.

3. Minor subjects slow down the progress of students.


When asked about why they switched to UVNS, they told me that UVNS focuses on things that matter and there are no minor subjects.

4. You need mentors that are actually working on the current industry because what else is the best way to learn?

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Myko: “Our mentors are professionals. They inspire us with stories about how they started and what they are now.”

How do you expect a mentor to be effective if his/her skills are outdated compared to the mentors who are actually in the industry? Obviously, a mentor who is in the industry has more knowledge and input.

Look, I’m not saying your school sucks but if you want a school that delivers and can deliver without draining your pocket and no BS minor subject, then maybe  you should reconsider your options.