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Over 15% of Japan firms plan to hire more university graduates in 2024

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Good move.

University Students are somewhat cheap - and generally motivated to study more in order to learn the job that they're being hired for. Compare to the opposite end of the Spectrum - older folk think they deserve to be paid for their "experience" regardless whether it's useful or not.

This is a difficult, thing to say - given that I am "old", but... I'm simply being realistic

As a Sci-Fi fan.. The 1989 Movie "Soldier" ... perhaps, makes you think a bit... there are many others too, that may open your mind - look at those about "Stephen Hawking" as an example.

Being Older than you - does not mean being less able than you. It really depends upon the Person, the Individual - some are more Humble than you, and you don't even see that as a Strength ! Boasting about your own achievements. regardless whatever they may be, can be very damaging towards those who may have great future potential... something to think about.

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I guess parental/family pressure herds most of them into the fondling embrace of the zaibatsus. Having funded you all those years in the hope that you would make it into a job with an annual salary increase and then a pension, imagine the guilt should you choose to do your own thing at the very last hurdle.

in my child’s case, doing final uni exams this month, I have no wish to see him disappear into corporate Japan to become part of the herd.

Further vocational (I feel) training is a must before being dominated by the company paradigm which prevents free thinking.

He can then have the skills to transfer to other companies and possess the power and freedom to breakout of any toxic situation that he finds himself in

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If you survived the misery and isolation of a lockdown uni education without becoming psychotic, self-harming, quitting, bankrupting yourself or getting arrested, then you are probably tough enough for the stress, pressure and bullying that exist in the Japanese corporate workplace. Time for most to make their parents happy, kiss their youth goodbye and become another brick in the wall.

I guess parental/family pressure herds most of them into the fondling embrace of the zaibatsus. Having funded you all those years in the hope that you would make it into a job with an annual salary increase and then a pension, imagine the guilt should you choose to do your own thing at the very last hurdle.

There are heaps of small/family businesses in Japan, but business is tough (especially now, in many sectors) and most would see a corporate career as offering security, even if it comes at a price. It's difficult to argue with the logic of this. I certainly work longer hours for much less money than I would get as a corporate wage slave, and the last few years have been especially brutal.

The JP employment market has only taken baby steps towards reforming workplace (im)mobility, despite endless polite requests from DMs, PMs etc. Wander off the yellow brick road and part time work promises low wages and insecurity, the black companies and love hotels being the default fallbacks should you trip.

Is the individual that breaks parental hearts and strikes out to build an empire with their Internet of Things thing, new spin on crypto or app, brave or foolish? Most in Japan would consider them to be foolish. And unfilial. And maybe crazy too.

Unfortunately, the mass hiring (a bit like a Moonie wedding), drains the wider employment market of talent. Many of these newbies will be spare cogs in the big wheels of Japan Inc., underutilised and unnecessary. Smaller companies would benefit much more from having them. Rather like all those Man City and Chelsea players that are bought and go straight out on loan, perhaps the corporates could lend their surplus staff out to other companies to gain experience. That might help them secure their supply chains.

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Sorry, but I have to agree with "Zizi" in someways... if you are Japanese, and aggressive towards a promotional Goal within the Ranks of your hiring Company, then maybe.. just maybe, you will do well...

If you are a Foreigner being hired here in Japan, you will rapidly head to the junk heap - since there is absolutely no interest here in promoting new Technologies - you're hired to perform just one task, that's it. So after a few years here, you may find yourself becoming "out-dated" by your own home County's standard's.... something to bear in mind.... and... nowadays, there is no pay benefit for being here in Japan.

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It also found that 71.7 percent of the respondents are not satisfied with their lives at universities due to pandemic safety measures that have made it difficult for them to answer the question, "What did you focus on during your university life?" -- something frequently asked during job interviews.

What extra help are the universities providing to their students that have been forced to stay at home and not allowed to attend classes.

I have heard that there are many students that are at a loss due to loss of networking and opportunities to socialise.

Also, the answer to that outmoded and regurgitated question can only be, "I did my best to stay sane!"

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Why young people in Japan would want to go straight into a Japanese company after graduation?? Utter madness and a big chance of a miserable life.

Because if they don't then there is no way they will be hired by any of the major companies as full-time employees for life with all the benefits that brings. They would come back and have to work for "temp" agencies on short-term nonrenewable contracts. Or they could rock the boat and start the modern equivalent of Sony or Honda I suppose.

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Why young people in Japan would want to go straight into a Japanese company after graduation?? Utter madness and a big chance of a miserable life.

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