Patrecia Widjaja - Indonesia
January 15, 2013 - interview
General Course（Oct. 2011 to Sep. 2012）
It was Japanese Anime boom in Indonesia in the '90s when Patrecia was in elementary school that the trigger she got interested in Japan. She has wanted to come to Japan someday since then and she started to learn Japanese when she was in junior high school. She majored in multimedia design at a university in Australia, and after she graduated, she decided to study in Japan. Unfortunately, it was soon after the 3.11 earthquake hit Japan, but she could manage to persuade her parents and come to Japan that fall. She started job-hunting in June, half a year after she arrived in Japan, in order to fulfill the promise to become independent financially from her father. She successfully got a job at a Japanese company this November.
Q. Congratulations on the official job offer. What kind of company are you going to work for?
It's a real estate related company. It develops and sells condominiums, etc. The head office is in Hiroshima and I'll work there.
Q. I see. Then you must be busy preparing for the move.
Yes. I want to go back to my country after my visa is changed. So I feel a little disconcerted.
Q. I see. By the way, what kind of work are you going to do there?
I'm going to be in charge of the advertising in the sales department. My company is going to expand the business to Indonesia and I'm going to create pamphlets and website for PR to Indonesian market.
Q. It must be a fun job since your major was design.
Indeed. I had some offers such as IT programs, but this company's PR work sounded more interesting to me. Another reason why I chose it was I felt more familiar since my dad is in the architectural design industry.
Q. When and how did you start job-hunting?
I started it this June. It was very difficult because my Japanese was poor. Even though I didn't expect anything, the rejection letters depressed me a lot. So I stopped looking for a job for about 2 months. I restarted it after a friend of mine introduced me an employment agent.
Q. Did you contact them by email?
Yes. I emailed something like "This is Patrecia and I was introduced by XX." Soon after, I received a mail and phone call. They asked me what kind of company I wanted to work at, what I could do, etc, and after that, I emailed my CV.
Q. Did you get a lot of job offerings?
Two or three offers a week. I hear the peak of the job offers is from April to September. I think I got less offers than the other people since I started after September.
Q. How many companies did you visit for the interviews?
About 10 companies. A friend of mine told me she went to about 80 companies. I think I'm lucky since I got a job after visiting only 10.
Q. What did they ask you in the interviews?
Mostly my strong points and weak points. And what kind of person I want to be in the future. It's hard to explain my weak points. I was afraid to tell my really bad points because if I do, I may not be able to get a job. I said, "I'm lack of clerical experience, so I'll try hard to learn it."
Q. That's a good way of saying. Is there anything else you feel hard at the employment exams?
SPI test. The time was short and everything was written in Japanese. It was very difficult... I couldn't really understand, so I did it by guess. All of the big companies had SPI.
Q. Was the job-hunting hard?
Yes. When I was rejected, I felt depressed. After I started it alone, I couldn't continue for a while because of that. In addition, my major was design, not international relations nor trading business, which most companies want, so this was another reason. And of course, Japanese. JLPT N2 is necessary at least. It's difficult if you can't speak Japanese.
Q. You did a very good job. Please give some advice to KAI students.
If you want to get a job, don't give up and keep trying until getting one. And it's also important to have as much information and many opportunities as possible such as attending Business Japanese class and going to seminars and briefing sessions. I recommend they improve their speaking capability by making as many opportunities to talk in Japanese as they can. The internship is also important. They can experience Japanese work there. For example, it's possible to understand the communications at the meetings and offices. I experienced the internship by attending an internship fair.
Q. How was studying Japanese? Was it useful?
Yes, everything! LOL
Especially, I could learn business keigo at Basic Business Japanese class 16, and it was very useful at the internship and interviews.
Thank you very much for the interview, Patrecia!
After the interview:
Patrecia is very serious and well-received by our staff and teachers. She looks unfussy and shy on first sight, but she impressed me by getting a job by herself and making her dream come true steadily. She's the third in her brothers and sisters. Her parents, who were worried about going to Japan, are now behind her. I believe she'll play an active role as a bridge between Japan and Asia. I really hope her success.