To international students who are thinking about finding a job in Japan,
1.If you wish to find a job in Japan, you should do job hunting and receive a job offer while you are at Ritsumeikan.
In Japan, students generally do job hunting during university years and decide on a career path by the time of graduation. International students, in particular, are restricted by the period of stay of their “Student” status of residence. Your “Student” status of residence expires upon graduation, and even if the period of your status of residence is still valid you will not be able to stay in Japan and continue job hunting.
Therefore, if you wish to find a job in Japan, you should start job hunting while you are in university and try to get a job offer before graduation.
Please visit the following website for information on international students thinking about finding a job in Japan.
The above page is available for currently enrolled students. (Japanese only)
Unfortunately, however, there are cases where you may not be able to find a job by the time of graduation. If you wish to continue job hunting in Japan after graduation, the following methods are generally available.
- If you wish to continue job hunting in Japan after graduation:
(You will need to change your status of residence to “Designated Activities”.)
In order to continue job hunting while residing in Japan after graduation, you need to change your status of residence from “Student” to “Designated Activities”.
An application for a change of status of residence must be made by the international student themselves at the Immigration Bureau with a letter of recommendation from Ritsumeikan.
The Immigration Bureau will decide whether or not to change your status of residence, so having a letter of recommendation from Ritsumeikan does not guarantee that you will be given a “Designated Activities” status of residence. If you are given "Designated Activities" status, you will be able to stay for six months with that status.
Those who are job hunting with a “Designated Activities” status of residence must register with the job-hunting support described in section 2 and receive job-hunting counseling that also includes confirmation of your current location.
(Procedure for Issuing a Letter of Recommendation From the University Necessary for Applying for a Change of Status of Residence)
During the semester immediately prior to graduation, the International Center will set up an “Letter of Recommendation Application Period” to rigorously examine applicants’ academic status and living conditions, past job-hunting activities, and future prospects. Letters of recommendation will be issued to those who are deemed suitable for recommendation. (The letter of recommendation will not be issued outside of this period or after graduation.) In principle, a letter of recommendation can only be issued once. If you receive an offer of employment, you must report it to Ritsumeikan University Career Center.
Details of the procedure will be announced on manaba+R and via the International Students mailing list (Spring Semester: scheduled for the end of July/ Fall Semester: scheduled for the end of January).
- If you wish to return to your home country to look for a job at a Japanese company:
In recent years, many of the recruitment activities of Japanese companies have been conducted online. Therefore, if the company you wish to work for is conducting online recruitment, you may be able to return to your home country after graduation and search for a job at a Japanese company (though whether or not you can participate in the recruitment process from outside Japan depends on the company, so you need to check with the company you are applying to.)
In some cases, the final interview will be held in person. When entering Japan for an interview or other screening process, you may need a temporary entry visa depending on your country or region. In this case, the company you are applying to will need to go through the procedures for inviting the applicant, so if you are applying from overseas we recommend you contact the company in advance for confirmation.
２.Support for Those Who Wish to Work in Japan After Graduation [Career Center]
The Career Center provides the following support to those who will continue to job hunt in Japan after graduation (all support will be conducted in Japanese). If you wish to use this support, please register on the Career Center website via the link provided at the end of this announcement.
- Online, Phone, and Face-To-Face Job-Hunting Consultations
(Entry Sheet consultations and interview practice are also available.)
(If you are job hunting in your home country, you can only use the online services.)
- Job Information for Ritsumeikan Graduates
(Since the number of jobs we can introduce is limited, we recommend that you search for jobs on your own using a job board, etc.)
Please note this support is available to graduates under 29 years old.
This support is also available to those who have returned to their home country and are seeking employment with Japanese companies. Please register if you wish to use this support.
Details will be posted alongside the graduation/completion announcement on the graduation/completion results confirmation website. In addition, information will also be posted on the Career Center website.
For inquiries about changing to a “Designated Activities” status of residence after graduation, please visit the following website.
If you have inquiries about the job-hunting support system after
graduation/completion, please visit the following website.
Career Center: website: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/career/alumnus/office/campusweb.html/