w２ソリューション株式会社 Nguyen Van Tuan（グェン・ヴァン・トァン）さん
1/ Why did you decide to work in Japan?
After graduating from University of Social and Natural Science, I worked for FPT and involved in a number projects from Japanese clients as well as other customers. However, I somehow had a liking for Japanese customers, notably for their professionalism. When working, Japanese people are highly detailed-oriented and disciplined. Also, they spend much time in guiding, training the newcomers and even with the partners until they reach a certain level of expertise. That’s the main reason why I wish to work and develop my future career in Japan.
2/ What is the most difficult thing when looking for a new job? What are your strengths?
In Vietnam, there are many sources of information such as forums, websites or referrals from acquaintances to seek for job opportunities. In Japan, my vocabulary at the very beginning was not good, and I did not know much of the sources, so I had to refer to HR companies to get the good job.
My strengths is coding with different language. Besides, website is also my advantage, and Japan market always lacks efficient IT workers, so it is easier for me to get job in Japan. Secondly, I have had experience in project management from my previous jobs. Lastly, when I have managed to command better Japanese, I definitely can get a job in Japan.
3/ What are the fundamental skills and useful information to get a job? And what are the driven factors for success?
In terms of information, it is somehow similar to Vietnam’s. You can utilize your personal relationships to get to know the company and job offers. If not, the best option is HR companies. These companies have enough knowledge, experiences to consult, guide and offer the most optimal jobs. Personally, if you wish to work in Japan, you should come to those companies.
About the skills, Japanese people favors those with hard working, delicate attitude, team working, and being sociable towards others rather than self- workers. If you lack the needed expertise, the company can train for you.
In order to succeed in Japan, you have to know yourself: your capability, future career and self-confidence. You have to believe that you can do it.
4/ What are the differences in job search between Vietnam and Japan?
The main difference lies in the information. In Vietnam, you can pro-actively look for suitable job. However, in Japan, there is little job information, and you have to through HR companies. Upon interview, you have to show that you are fit for the job.
5/ What are the main reasons for choosing your current company?
Frankly speaking, most of the companies suggested by HR company are highly professional, but my current company is more dynamic and flexible in terms of working environment. Besides, working tasks here are somehow relevant with my future career orientation, so my final call is to work for this company.
6/ Which part of the job do you feel most satisfied?
I am very pleased when I got the training from the company to enhance my expertise and skills. Also, I am very happy that I can implement my knowledge and experience into the real work.
7/ Could you please describe a bit about your job?
My task mainly focuses on E-commerce development, as well as online sales website. I am in charge of researching and proposing effective solutions to meet the client’s request. If there is any errors on the customers’ website, my team and I will provide prompt assistances.
8/ What are the interesting points and challenges in your work?
Language remains my biggest barrier as I sometimes find it hard to follow with some jokes from Japanese colleagues. Also, the job requires phone communication with the clients, so I have to self-prepare business vocabulary. This would be the biggest challenge, but through trials and errors and efforts, I can enhance my proficiency in Japanese and their culture.
9/ How do you feel about your working environment?
Despite being a Japanese company, people here are active and sociable, and willing to help each other. Compared to Vietnam, I think the working environments between these two are similar.
10/ What are the interesting points and challenges when living in Japan?
When I first came here, I did not know much about the paperwork, documents, tax… Now, things have been getting better, but I still have to learn a lot.
For the interesting things, there would be so much. The number of people living and working in Japan has increased recently, so after working hours or holidays, we can gather cooking, travel or play sports together on weekends. Life here in Japan is also good with lots of conveniences, and the local people are kind towards foreigners.
11/ Can you share your future career orientation? What is your 5-years or 10-years goal?
Currently, I am focusing on project management and through these projects. I want to accumulate experience so that I can handle bigger projects in the next 3 – 5 years. Also, the company is targeting to expand to other markets, so I wish I could have a chance to work in the new countries, besides Japan, in the future.
12/ What makes you choose EAA?
Upon searching for job, I got help from some of my friends, and also got some job offers from various companies. But, I love working with EAA most because apart from offering suitable jobs, EAA’s staffs also help me with interview tips and communication to impress the interviewers. The most part that I like is before searching for job, the staffs sit down with me and discuss to help me define the future career and decide which job suits me most.
13/ What is your message to those who want to get a job in Japan?
Actually, working anywhere has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the most important thing is oneself. If you try hard, you shall succeed.