Presently, as an HR associate, my main duty is the hiring of fresh university graduates. Since the work is handled by me and my manager, many tasks like attracting students to attend our company presentations, on-the-day operations, schedule liaising with students, continued progress follow-ups, visa procedures, and various other functions all have to be taken care of all at the same time. Before I was assigned to this role, I had no idea about HR responsibilities. I wondered what will I have to do. To understand more, I started gathering information, asking questions to my manager, and studying by myself. In this way, I think I was finally able to understand the work of HR associate in my own way.
The number-one experience that has distinctly remained in my memory was a chance to participate in a large-scale career event for Japanese-English bilinguals. Many large and famous companies participated, and a large number of Japanese and foreign students came in from abroad just to take part, so the experience was stressful from the outset. For the 2 days that it ran, I took turns every half an hour with my manager, giving company presentations. Because I wanted to present to and appeal the strengths of IBJ to as many students as possible, I was very happy when at the end of the event I was told by participants that although they had attended many such presentations, mine was the easiest to understand and made them take an interest in IBJ.
I came to Japan for a year on a language study program while I was a 3rd year undergraduate student in Kazakhstan. After graduating, I started working at the Japanese Embassy in Kazakhstan, when I got a scholarship and invitation to study at Niigata University Graduate School for 2 years. I intended to return back home after my graduation, but then I thought to myself, ‘Since I am already in Japan, I might as well find a job here. If it does not work out, I can always go back’ and started my job hunting from the autumn of my second academic year.
My goal for the future is to become a person who is able to contribute to the progress of Kazakhstan. Living in Japan, I have come to cherish and value my country ever more than before. It is the fact that I am so far away from home that lets me understand more about its positive sides, as well as things that my country still lacks. After having studied abroad, my sister, who is a doctor and researcher, has returned to Kazakhstan bringing with her the knowledge and technology she has learnt overseas. When I think about what is within my powers, I believe I could contribute to the development of Kazakhstan by using the IBJ business model to educate, cultivate, and promote a talented workforce with 21st Century skills. IT technology is essential for the future of Kazakhstan, thus more workplaces will continue being created for all of the skilled and talented people. For myself, I envision being at the centre of this sort of development.
In WebStaff, every person develops at a rapid pace. Some responsibilities that one can expect to be entrusted years after joining a large corporation can easily be attempted here within the first year. Something I especially would like non-Japanese readers to know is that WebStaff is a company where you are given a chance to succeed. Unlike big corporations that set limits and fill positions based on the candidates’ Japanese language proficiency, here you are not expected to be at all fluent when you enter. What we do take into consideration instead is your way of thinking and your attitude towards work, as well as your ability to overcome obstacles. We are also proud not to discriminate based on gender and age. What matters most to us is your ability to work hard in a team to create profit and fulfil the company mission.
I think of my colleagues as members of my family. Once I had gone back to Kazakhstan for a long holiday and while I was getting everything ready for my return to Japan, I received a video message. It was a message from my colleagues to my family, who were a little bit worried that I was all alone in Japan. When they saw what wonderful colleagues I have they were reassured. WebStaff treasures each and every employee. That is why I feel ever so strongly that I should continue learning more in order to contribute to the company’s progress.