The first thing that most Japanese university students do upon entering university is getting a part-time job. There are many reasons why people might decide to work part-time. According to data from Benesse, about 65% of university students in Japan have part-time jobs, and they work part-time two to three days a week. As you can see, 35% choose not to get a part-time job, meaning that of course whether or not you get a part-time job is totally up to you, but in this article, I will introduce 4 reasons why you should have one.
How to look for a part-time job
Before moving on to our main topic here, I will discuss briefly how to seek out a part-time job. The easiest way to look for one is always online.
These are three websites that will help you find a part-time job. The second one allows you to choose your preferred language. Even if you are not so confident with your Japanese skills, searching through this site will not be a problem.
The following are 4 reasons why you might want to consider getting a part-time job in Japan.
1.Gain experience and step out of your comfort zone.
The first reason why I recommend you get a part-time job is that you can experience attain new experiences. Let me elaborate a bit. For example, let’s say you come to Japan as an exchange student. Say you tend to hang out primarily with your English-speaking friends, rather than students who only speak Japanese. Maybe you’re worried about moving out of your comfort zone? If you are inside your comfort zone, it might be comfortable for you not to take a risk. However, I believe breaking out of your comfort zone has the power to widen your world, and it gives you opportunities to meet new people who you would never meet at school. This is a personal story, but thanks to my part-time job, I was able to meet many people who have different backgrounds, ages, and hometowns. They often provide me with conversation and experiences which my friends cannot because my friends grew up in a similar environment as me. It’s not a long shot to assume the same might happen for you.
2. Line your pockets with spending money.
The second reason is that you’ll have more income to spend on yourself. One of the biggest reasons you came to Japan was that you are fascinated by Japanese culture, and you want to make Japanese friends, right? The more you make new friends, the more it costs to hang out with them by having dinner, and so on. That said, having a part-time job will give you a little more freedom to have some fun.
3. On-the-job experiences help you grow as a person.
Your part-time job may not relate to your ideal full-time job, but the work experience will certainly behoove you when you begin job-hunting. For example, if you are working at a shoe store, you have to meet each customer’s demand. One may be looking for specific running shoes, another may be looking for comfort throughout the work day, etc. In addition, you may sometimes have to sell a particular item during a sales campaign. I believe you can learn valuable lessons from this kind of experience, such as communication, customer service, and marketing skills.
4. You can experience all kinds of jobs.
A part-time job gives you the opportunity to experience something you’re interested in while you’re still a student. For example, if you are interested in the apparel industry, why don’t you try to work at UNIQLO? Experiencing the job firsthand is much better than just trying to know the industry by searching online. If you will forgive a slight digression, I have a friend who is working at a geisha place in Kyoto. She has made many geisha friends through her part-time job.
To sum up…
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, having a part-time job is your option, and nobody will force you to get one, but as I have also explained, working part-time has the power to really enhance your life and elevate your work experience. It might take time to look for a part-time job that can be flexible enough for your schedule, but I believe it will be worth your valuable time.
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