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Interview Junior Employee Overseas Training Program Participant Interview

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Junior Employee Overseas Training Program Participant Interview

Aisin Seiki runs a Junior Employee Overseas Training Program to develop global-ready personnel.
Let’s hear from four employees who participated in this program about their experiences abroad and what they learned.

Fostering excellent communication skills and a global worldview through living and working in different cultures overseas.

What is the Junior Employee Overseas Training Program?
The Junior Employee Overseas Training Program is one of Aisin Seiki’s programs to develop global-ready personnel. This program sends junior employees in their 20s and 30s abroad temporarily for a firsthand experience of international business and life in a different culture. This experience leads to excellent communication skills and early-stage development of global-ready personnel.

MEMBER

  • 石河 聡 石河 聡

    Satoshi Ishikawa

    Dates abroad:
    2016/4-2017/4
    Location:
    USA
    Age during program:
    35
    Duties during program:
    Technical (CAE)
  • 鈴木 真弥 鈴木 真弥

    Shinya Suzuki

    Dates abroad:
    2015/4-2016/4
    Location:
    India
    Age during program:
    24
    Duties during program:
    Production (Engineering)
  • 富田 麻友美 富田 麻友美

    Mayumi Tomida

    Dates abroad:
    2015/3-2016/3
    Location:
    USA
    Age during program:
    27
    Duties during program:
    Technical (Electronics)
  • 加藤 絵理子 加藤 絵理子

    Eriko Kato

    Dates abroad:
    2015/3-2016/3
    Location:
    Indonesia
    Age during program:
    29
    Duties during program:
    Production (Costing)

Why did you want to join Aisin?

Suzuki:

I lived in the area, so I had always known that Aisin made auto parts. Aisin makes a wide range of parts, and I was especially interested because it had international locations. Actually, I had a vague idea that I wanted to work abroad.
At a recruitment event, I was inspired by a senior employee who said that Aisin was a “company where you could take on challenges”. That’s why I applied: I wanted to work somewhere with a chance of working abroad and taking on new challenges.

Kato:

I was interested in manufacturing, and I hoped to work at a Japanese manufacturer with a global presence. I thought that Japan’s strength in today’s fierce global competition was in manufacturing. I was intrigued that Aisin was active in more than just its primary field of auto parts, but also used technology developed there to create living space and energy products. I felt that this company had room to grow in the future, and that I wanted to join in taking on these new projects.

Tomida:

Like Ms. Kato, I dreamed of working at a manufacturer, but unlike her, I was originally interested in automobiles, and I wanted to get involved in making cars in any way I could.
My big turning point was Aisin’s internship program. There, I found that the company mood was positive, and relationships with supervisors were frank and relaxed. The company seemed like a truly enjoyable place to work, so I decided to apply.

Ishikawa:

Aisin’s internship program also motivated me to join. I originally participated for the self-interested reason that the commuting expenses were paid (laughs). But the OJT leader in charge of me there was both intelligent and caring. I chose Aisin because it seemed like I could be myself and enjoy work with colleagues like these.

Why did you apply for the Junior Employee Overseas Training Program?

Tomida:

One of my duties is negotiating with North American manufacturers. At the time, I had to go through the Technical Centers at Aisin overseas locations, rather than negotiating directly. I had only done this kind of indirect communication, so I struggled when I needed to actually communicate with overseas manufacturers.
I had gotten advice on negotiating with overseas manufacturers from a senior employee who had been on international business trips, but it didn’t really make sense to me. Then I happened to learn about this program, and I decided to apply because I wanted first-hand experience and hoped to learn technical English.

Kato:

International communication was an aspect for me too. While in Japan, I had been working on cost planning with local staff in Indonesia, but we had no prospect of achieving our profit goal. I wondered why approaches that worked in Japan didn’t work in Indonesia. I had gone on 2-week overseas business trips, but that didn’t resolve the fundamental issues. So I decided to use this program to go on-site. I applied because I wanted to tackle the issues on location with my local colleagues, and achieve growth.

Suzuki:

My biggest reason was simply that I was interested in going abroad. Up until then, I had hoped to work overseas, but I thought my only chance was on a long-term international assignment. Then my supervisor told me about this program. He’s really understanding, and he encouraged me to apply by telling me that it’s important to have these experiences at an early age.

Ishikawa:

Unlike the others, my department mainly handles domestic work, so I thought that an overseas assignment was out of my reach. But I applied because I wanted to improve myself through this valuable experience, and because I wanted to test my ability. And I applied right at the age limit – 34 years old. I have three energetic children, and I hesitated to ask my wife to handle them all on her own, but finally I went ahead and applied because this was my last chance.

Overseas life Photo

  • Rafting with local employees on a day off(Kato: Indonesia)
    Rafting with local employees on a day off
    (Kato: Indonesia)
  • Trip with personal friends(Suzuki: India)
    Trip with personal friends
    (Suzuki: India)