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Getting a developer job in Japan, straight out of a foreign university


#1

Hello, I am currently undertaking a joint honours BSc/BA (I get to choose) in Computer Science and Japanese at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and am on track for getting a 1st (the highest level of degree in UK). For various reasons, I am really interested in going to Japan after my 4th year to work as a programmer, preferably in a startup.

I have no professional experience, but have contributed a little to one opensource project (http://concoursedb.com/) and have done (and plan on doing) a few much smaller projects of my own volition. I am reasonably skilled in Java, php, html and css, at a fairly basic-intermediate level in python and VB.NET and know a little C++ and JavaScript. To add to this a few days ago I started learning ruby and plan on getting this up to the level of my Java skill (which is my strongest language). I have two projects that I have in mind and plan on deploying them as working websites.

While in Japan in my year abroad I plan on going to as many technology networking events as time allows me, I want to really get my foot in the door. Also to add, my Japanese skill is at a level where I can get by. After my year abroad I plan on taking N2 or if I think I can pass N1. N1 is actually the real goal.

With this level of experience, my current assets and the position I will be in I assume it will be hard for me to get a job in Japan without any professional experience. Even so I would like to gauge just exactly how hard it will be, anything I can do from now until my 4th year to improve my chances and also any general tips (although I have read most topics on the web on this, haha).

Thank you.


#2

You mention studying Japanese for a year. If you do that, and get involved in the local developer community, I think you have a pretty good chance at getting a job as a developer here, regardless of previous experience.

It also wasn’t clear to me when you’re planning on doing that year. Before or after you graduate?


#3

Thanks for your reply!

That’s really good to hear!

Actually at the time of writing this, I have been studying Japanese for four years. In two weeks I leave to study in abroad in Japan for a year, during that year I want to go to networking events to get my foot in the door. So that year will be before I graduate.

Once I have graduated I will have a degree in Computer Science and Japanese with one year studying abroad in Japan and will have been learning Japanese for six years.


#4

Ah awesome! If you’re going to be here for a year, it should give you enough time to build up a local network here.


#5

Hopefully!

I’ve been looking on Doorkeeper for some suitable meetups, but there are so many! Can you recommend a few decent ones for someone who wants to join a company as a developer, preferably in a startup or small company? If you know of any that is!

Thanks again.


#6



are my top picks. But I’d suggest just trying going to a bunch of different ones. I’d not focus too much on trying to get a job, but rather learning and enjoying yourself.


#7

OK, thanks for the advice, it’s much appreciated!

I’ll try to go to as many as I can and just enjoy it then. I’ve never been to these kind of events, so I’m looking forward to it!