Career Information

Career Information

Interview

Please enjoy this interview with Miku and Kenta who started working at IDEC in April 2018 and are currently assigned to the Strategic Human Resources Department.

Q: What led you to work at IDEC?

Miku: When I first started job hunting, I knew absolutely nothing about IDEC, partially because they are a business-to-business manufacturer. But when I attended a presentation on the company, I was naturally impressed by IDEC's corporate concepts such as "Protecting people’s lives" and "Life-work balance", but I was really impressed by the attitude of taking us students seriously throughout the entire employment process, making me honestly think, "I want to work here." You could say that I felt like I had discovered some hidden "three-star" company.

Kenta: Although I was looking for a job in sales, in my final interview with IDEC, I was asked, "Are you interested in working in human resources?", so being offered a job in human resources was quite a large factor in my decision. I was a bit perplexed at first, since I had never thought about it, but it really was a suggestion that spoke directly to my feelings of wanting a job that suited me and where I could use my Chinese language skills, and I was so charmed by this attitude that I decided to join the company.

Q: How was your student life?

Miku: In general, I want to be active globally, so I studied abroad for one year in Melbourne, Australia, participated in a model UN with students from around the world, did volunteer activities to support the construction of an elementary school in Nepal, and many other similar activities as I continuously challenged myself in new and unknown areas for those four years.

Kenta: In addition to being active in the kendo (swordsmanship) club, I took one year off as a fourth-year student to study for six months at a university in Beijing, followed by six months working as an intern at a hotel in Shanghai. I feel the experiences of that year especially served to strengthen my foreign language skills and mental strength in a practical setting.

Q: What are your current work tasks?

Miku: I work in training. I visit universities, vocational schools, and senior high schools, and give presentations about our work at our company in order to promote IDEC and give interviews. Additionally, when any department loses an employee, I hold interviews to determine needs and make requests to employment agencies for temporary employees. The phrase of a superior that "Human resources are internal company sales" really impressed me, so I always make a conscious effort to carefully listen to the opinions of employees in the actual workplace in order to gain their confidence.

Kenta: I work in education, performing work tasks related to internal training and self-study. I have many opportunities to use my Chinese, such as assisting when we have trainees from China, communicating with local vendors, and translating documents. Even though I'm an entry-level employee, I am always asked to attend meetings about human resources strategies for China. The other day, I also flied to Taiwan to attend the global meeting.

Q: What has been your most impressive work?

Miku: I was assigned to give a company briefing exactly three weeks and three days after being assigned to my position. Although at first I thought, "How am I going to do this as a new employee with not even a month of work," but by studying frantically and thanks to the support of my superiors, I was able to somehow make it happen.

Kenta: We went together, but you were quite nervous about it! I have a strong impression of inviting the people in charge of human resources in Shanghai to Japan for training. In addition to having to create the training program, gather the materials, and other training preparation tasks beforehand, I was also able to share many meals with everyone during the training period, making for a rather challenging yet fun experience. It was also a great opportunity to learn about all aspects of human resources operations.

Q: What kind of department is the Strategic Human Resources Department?

Miku: It is really a "globally diverse" department. More than half of members are women and there are foreign-born employees also. All the managers and superiors are very friendly and the air in the office is often filled with laughter. But, the high level of motivation is really incredible. As we frequently receive calls from overseas, you can often hear fluent English or Chinese being spoken.

Kenta: It is a challenging department, I think. You can often hear people saying, "Well, just go ahead and try to do it...", really showing how the department values the spirit of taking on any challenge. I greatly appreciate the workplace atmosphere that allows even new employees to freely express their ideas. I also want to make my own plans and suggestions, and work hard so that they are accepted.

Q: What do you do outside of working hours?

Miku: I am studying "Practical Human Resources English." I listen to the news in English while commuting to and from work. I also like exercising, so I have continued to do yoga from my college days. I would like to give free yoga classes at IDEC.

Kenta: I am continuing to study Chinese in order to improve my ability level. I also want to study English until I achieve a business-level command of the language. My hobby is checking out different ramen noodle shops.

Q: What is your "Dream"?

Miku: I want to be a person who supports those working at IDEC. I also really want to take on the challenge of working in an overseas office and listen to the opinions and ideas of the people working there. I also want to inherit the IDEC attitude of "Valuing People" and work towards creating an environment in which all IDEC employees can find their work worthwhile and satisfying!

Kenta: My dream is to become a human resources professional capable of being of service not only in China but wherever else in the world I may go! I am currently trying to gain as much experience and absorb as much knowledge as possible while I am in Japan so that I can formulate human resources strategies that will increase the motivation of overseas employees.