Yesterday, I wrote that the Japanese try to live economically and are not very interested in earning money. It is encouraged to work hard and not to talk about money.
Some people say it is because we are not educated about money at school.
Japanese also have a very unique idea of a job.
Today, I want to talk a little bit about the job market.
Japanese don’t change a job or company often. It is called ‘lifetime employment’ and still highly respected.
These days, only 5% of people change a job on average, which may be much lower than that of the rest of the world.
This is what I think.
I changed my job several times. I don’t belong to the typical Japanese group, I guess..
I started my career at Canon. There were two people I worked with. One guy was one year older than I, and the other was one year younger than I in accounting. I recently found that both became the executives of Canon.
I wonder what would happen if I stayed with Canon. Sometimes..
Well, it means
working in Shinjuku HeadQuarters for long (this is Shinjuku now)
taking crowded trains every day…
And being relocated to oversea branches for five years as other accounting people are.
And I chose a different career. No right or wrong.
I respect life-time employment as well. It was just my personal preference to change a job when I like.
I also had a chance to work for foreign companies and learned a lot from them. This is a summary of my career if you are interested.
People have a perfect job in mind, but often it ends up in a so-so job. Any job has a good and bad aspects. Any work place has people easy to talk to and difficult to talk to.
But, how do you know it is good or bad if you know only one job?
I lived in the USA and stayed in Finland for several months.
With those experiences, I was able to develop my opinion on what is good about Japan and what is not. If I only lived in Japan, I would not get it.
The same applies to the job market. You can see many aspects of different jobs or companies when you change a job.
That is what I loved.
I will talk about Fude Japan work in my next blog.
Thank you for reading!