Ms. Mariko Kawamura gave an online session to our 6 students who were from the 1st to the 4th year on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Ms. Kawamura graduated from our Department of Business Administration. She currently works for a Japanese leasing company in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. This session was planned as part of “enhancement of basic education to foster engineers with great international communication skills” in the global engineer training project.
The topic of the session was “how to achieve a goal for Kosen students who want to work overseas”. Ms. Kawamura committed to international exchange activities during she was at Kosen, and she went to Canada using the Working Holiday Programs after she moved to a university. After she got a job, she used a trainee program and took training in New York, then she started to work internationally.
The session was made by that Prof. Hatamura (head of the international exchange office) interviewed her. It was about her career from Kosen time to current, memories, her current job, and lifestyle.
Screenshot of Ms. Kawamura and our students
Introduction of Trainee system
Our students were encouraged by knowing that she was not good at English when she was a student, but she got over her weakness because she wanted to work overseas so much. A message she sent to our students during the session “it is better to regret something you did than to regret something you did not do” will apply to all of our students, not only for international exchange activities.
Pictures when she was in Canada using the Working Holiday Program
Her message to our students
Comment from Ms. KAWAMURA Mariko
Thank you for giving me such a valuable opportunity. Prof. Hatamura had such a friendly talk, so I relaxed and joined the session. I also got an impression that participated students were cheerful and powerful.
I am happy that if you learn there are many ways to work overseas such as the Working Holiday Program, Trainee, be assigned to overseas position through this session. If you challenge many things actively while you are a student, I believe these experiences will be beneficial for you. It was good for me to look back on my career as well.
TAKESHIGE Makoto(3-year of the Department of Business Administration)
The session was very exciting for me. Especially, I felt that I did not have an attitude to join many things by the spirit of “it is better to regret something you did than to regret something you did not do”.
Ms. Kawamura was not good at English first. I was about to give up learning English because I started to dislike it even though I was good at it before. But I found out by joining the session that nothing would change if I did not challenge anything because I was scared of failing.
Luckily, I have a good environment for international exchange activities as Ube Kosen has various of them. I would like to join many activities such as Ni-Halo, DMM English conversation that had I avoided because I felt shy. I should not miss the chances. I will take an action even though I may regret it, but I believe it will be my benefit.
YOSHII Kanae (1-year of the Department of Business Administration)
Ms. Kawamura gave us some advice based on her experiences such as the working holiday program in Canada, work in the U.S.A. in the session.
I wanted to work overseas in the future, but I was not sure what to do to make it happen. I learned in the session that some companies provided international training to their employees, how to work and live overseas.
Ms. Kawamura sent us a message ” IT IS BETTER to regret something you DID DO than to regret something you DIDN’T DO” during the session. I think the message means how important to challenge. I would like to join to study abroad, international exchange, contests, etc. actively during my time in Kosen.