Careers after FLA

Our graduates often find employment in highly-regarded Japanese and foreign companies, or gain placement at top graduate programs around the world. Our curriculum trains students in not only English-speaking ability and multicultural skills through public speaking and classroom discussions but also analytical and creative thinking through liberal arts education in all of our classes.

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Career Services

Sophia and the FLA support students’ career development in a variety of ways. A number of job fair and information sessions are offered through the University’s Career Center. These provide employment and graduate school application advice, relevant for graduates seeking opportunities in both Japan and other countries. The close mentoring relationships between students and professors also lead to a variety of employment and advanced-education opportunities. FLA students are able to take advantage of both Japanese and International oppotunities. 


Notes on Job Hunting in Japan

In the Japanese job market, job seekers often need to follow rigid timelines and procedures, starting as early as the fall semester of their junior years. Knowing the recruitment process is essential for your success in job hunting. This document summarizes general guidelines for the timelines and procedures.

Employment/Internship Database for Foreign Citizens

The Career Center launched a new networking service to help foreign students find employment and internship opportunities in Japan. Job seekers may register their profiles in the database. Companies can view this information and, if interested in a job seeker’s credentials, will contact the Career Center. The Career Center will then pass on the relevant information to the job seeker.

Find more information and the registration form here.

Get Connected

Thanks to the strength of the FLA’s employment placement, our alumni networks reach around the world and touch a variety of fields. Alumni often provide internship offers and employment opportunities. The FLA hosts Sophia Network, an alumni/student network service, which puts current students in touch with alumni to discuss specific opportunities as well as general advice for career development.

Learn more about our alumni here.

Career Development Events

Our program also organizes other career-development events.

FLA Alumni Forum

A panel discussion on Job Hunting Tips and Career Success Strategies was held in January 2012, with our five notable alumni: Christopher R. Rasberry (Moderator), CEO, Futures in Finance K.K; Matthew E. McGuire, Japan COO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Shannon Hirai, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley; Hitoshi Ode, Africa Section, Automotive Dept, Marubeni Corporation; Michael Pelini, Application Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services.

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Bloomberg Special Workshop

Bloomberg, in partnership with the FLA, offered a special workshop in Japanese for bilingual students. Analysts from Bloomberg visited the Yotsuya campus to teach students the basics of financial investments in the four-day workshop series. Topics included portfolio management, fundamentals analysis, and credit analysis, and students also had the opportunity to conduct their own research, using Bloomberg applications. On the last day of the workshop, students presented the findings of their research into investment portfolios.