Job hunting in Japan

  • Job hunting in Japan

    Posted by Jiahui on March 19, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I am a master’s student at the University of Tokyo. And now I am thinking of hunting job in Japan. I found that many companies have special job hunting systems for people with disability. And some international companies do not have this special system, and they consider all the candidates, regardless of whether they are disabled.

    I was wondering as a wheelchair user, is it possible for me to apply for common job positions? And will my job path be burdened if I work in a company in a special position for PwD?

    Thank you so much!

    Salieu replied 3 days, 9 hours ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Josh Grisdale

    Moderator
    March 21, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Hi,

    There is no problem for you to apply to either. And you can always quit or change jobs at any point. However, as a master’s student, the jobs aimed at people with disabilities may be very unfulfilling as they are often created just to meet government requirements and are potentially not very challenging.

    The bigger issue would be with a working visa. The company would apply for a visa from Immigration to enable you to work, and they must let Immigration know why they want to hire a foreign worker and not a local resident – ie what skills you have that are hard to find in Japan. This typically is something like language skills (English, Chinese, etc) or a specialist in a field that has few people in Japan. Since the jobs specifically for people with disabilities are intended to help people with disabilities gain employment, they are not likely to need a specialty like that. So, even if the company wants to hire you, the Immigration department may say that they will not give a visa.

    So, while you may apply for them, it is likely best to apply for something that uses your skills.

    Hope that helps!

  • Jiahui

    Member
    March 21, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you very much, Josh!

    It’s very helpful that the visa may also be a problem. I haven’t thought about that.

    So, it would be better for me to mainly focus on common job positions. Got it : )

    If anyone wants to find a job, please also contact me and we can support each other : )

  • Josh Grisdale

    Moderator
    March 22, 2022 at 11:37 am

    You can apply to any jobs, but you will likely have more luck with regular jobs since the “special jobs” are focused on helping unemployed Japanese people with disabilities find jobs.

    But, it never hurts to apply!

    It is also much easier to get a job if you are in Japan as a student already.

    • Salieu

      Member
      July 2, 2022 at 8:10 pm

      Hi

      Are their any free Education for person with disability? or are there any full scholarship?

      • Jiahui

        Member
        July 2, 2022 at 8:44 pm

        Up to now, I haven’t found any scholarship that can cover all the tuition for students.

        With that said, most of the universities will have a partial waiver policy for tuition for foreign students, especially state-owned universities. So applying for these kind of universities might be a good choice.

        • Salieu

          Member
          July 2, 2022 at 8:57 pm

          Thank you so much!

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