University students start job hunt

JIJI, Kyodo

University juniors planning to graduate in spring 2015 started their job hunt Sunday, when companies began their recruiting activities.

In Tokyo, job information service companies hosted seminars for students to receive explanations on business activities from firms in which they are interested.

Companies will start interviews with students and other activities from April 1 in the process to hire new graduates. Many companies will give informal work contracts within the month.

An increasing number of companies are believed to be willing to expand new hirings amid the economic recovery reflecting the yen’s depreciation and higher stock prices.

At a Sunday seminar hosted by job information company Gakujo Co. in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, some 60 firms, including trading houses and financial institutions, explained their business operations to students.

More than 20,000 students attended the seminar, according to Gakujo.

A student from Kamakura Women’s University in Kanagawa Prefecture said that while she is most interested in jobs in the entertainment business, she wants to hear explanations from companies in many industries.

Akimichi Ogawa, 22, from the Tokyo suburb of Fuchu who attended the seminar, said he wants to join a trading firm. “I grew up watching my father run an apparel business in China. I’d like to be a businessman like him and be involved in businesses that will take me to many countries,” said Ogawa, who is fluent in both Chinese and English.

Companies for their part are aiming to hire capable employees. An official at Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. said the company will increase the number of seminars to recruit good students.