We assist individual students in choosing their career paths through a variety of programs
The core of career education at our university is through the development of students' ability to think about how they want to live their lives and face their thoughts through deep understanding of work and occupation. For this purpose, we offer various career education programs including career design, which is a compulsory module, as well as career counseling and internships. We also invite personnel recruiters and hold career workshops in cooperation with companies and organizations that support the University's school philosophy to give students opportunities to learn about leading companies in Japan.
The staff of the Career Development Center offers personalized support to each student in establishing clear goals and working towards finding a job. In addition, the Academic Career Support Center (ACSC) provides a wide range of support to those who wish to take graduate courses in Japan or abroad or are interested in high-level professional fields.
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Career path support
The Career Development Center provides personalized career path support focusing on private consultation (94% of students use the service). Based on the international perspective and communication skills students have developed during their studies at AIU and study abroad, our graduates work for companies and organizations that operate internationally or that strive to become more global.
Some of our graduates also go on to graduate school. It is our role as a liberal arts university to establish the process for our students to spend four years at Akita International University as the period to determine their interests and assist them in preparing them to study in graduate school to gain further expertise.
Students also give each other advice on employment and further education. The close-knit atmosphere created by a focused student body allow students to build strong relationships with each other, where senior students are also willing to look after their juniors.
Career education as an educational curriculum
Career designCCS 140 Career design (Required subjects)
The word career was originally used to refer to tracks left by a wheeled vehicle. You create something you can call your career as you try your hardest to make every day count.
Career design is a compulsory module at our university, and students start to think about their careers in their first year to develop their awareness of career opportunities. As soon as students begin their study at our university, we encourage them to think about how they can apply the knowledge and experience they gain in their courses and student life to the real world, as well as think about what kind of people they are and what makes them happy. We also encourage them to consider their career options from a broad perspective based on their self-understanding developed through knowledge and experience and help them choose their career paths.
Internships (Choice subjects)
Internship periods range from two weeks to three months, and students do internships in various places, such as their hometowns, within Akita prefecture, or at companies, government agencies, international organizations and NGOs, in countries where they spend their year abroad.
- Development of professional awareness and motivation
- Improvement of communication skills
- Improvement of adaptability to society
- Enhancement of self-awareness
- Improvement of motivation for participation in society
While working as interns, students observe carefully how organizations are managed, the way their workers think and behave, think about leadership, teamwork, and career based on their experience, and begin to brainstorm what career options they have.
Akita International University provides a wide range of support including career guidance (orientation sessions), private consultations, adjustment with organizations accepting interns, preparation of agreements, management of diaries and reports, and creation and delivery of letters of appreciation. Students first identify their interests by self-analysis, focus on a few industries, and further analyze individual companies to find internship opportunities. In principle, students are responsible for finding organizations that offer internship programs on their own, but our Career Development Center also provides information when companies and organization wish to hire our students as interns.
Recognition of credits
Internships may count as academic credits depending on journals and reports submitted by students as well as presentations of their experience.