Careers after Graduation
Employment Environment
According to the survey conducted by private research firms, the total number of jobs to be offered by private companies to new college graduate will be 544,000 in 2014, 1.8% down from the previous year. Since the number of graduating students seeking jobs at private companies in 2014 also down by 2.0% (426,000), the jobs-to-applicant rate remains almost the same level of 1.28 (0.001 point up from previous year). The employment environment remains severe.
Under these circumstances, from an early stage, KSU students start their job-searching activities though checking job posting information provided by KSU, searching online recruiting services and other employment-related sources.
Although internet based job-hunting activities are becoming popular in Japan, it may result in reducing opportunities to secure employment, as many applicants apply to particular companies.
The Career Support Center encourages students to utilize the information available in KSU in addition to internet and to actively approach mid-to-small enterprises in order to increase the opportunity, and help employment.
The Center place emphasis on interviews with individual students to give suitable advice to each student and provide continuous support until students secure employment .
KSU’s Career Education and support
KSU’s Career Support Center provides opportunities for students to begin thinking about their future careers when they are freshmen, and fully preparing themselves for future job-hunting activities. The center helps all KSU job seekers secure the jobs they want.
The center comprises the following two sections: the Career Education Section, which offers career educational support for freshmen and sophomores; and the Career Support Section, which provides future path and job-hunting support for juniors and seniors.
A wide variety of career support programs are available: Career Development Basic Theory for freshmen, which was launched in FY 2011 as a subject to enhance career education; Career Support Seminar I for freshmen to learn about the employment environment for university students and what they can do during their time at university; Career Support Seminar II for sophomores provided in each class; and basic business skills improvement seminar (communication and manners) (Nikkei Seminar) for freshmen and sophomores. By implementing these measures, KSU offers opportunities for students to develop their awareness about future careers (and work) even when freshmen or sophomores.
KSU offers juniors job-hunting support with consideration given to companies’ recruiting efforts, such as holding five employment guidance sessions to provide necessary information for students to promote their job-hunting activities. Moreover, KSU invites many excellent companies from Fukuoka as well as from the rest of Japan and holds five joint company seminars at KSU. Furthermore, in response to requests of companies and police headquarters of different prefectures, employment information sessions and selection examinations are held at KSU.
In the field of career support, KSU emphasizes individual counseling. To relieve each student’s anxiety and worry, KSU offers one-on-one guidance with due consideration given to the student’s situation. KSU provides concrete advice, corrects his/her entry sheets and CVs, and holds mock job interviews. By promoting these support activities, KSU helps students build their confidence in satisfying the very strict selection criteria established by companies.
Junior Adviser/Career Adviser
The Junior Adviser System was established in FY 2003 by volunteer KSU students. Under this unique system, which marks its twelfth anniversary this year, job-hunting support is provided “by students for students.” In or after September, senior students who have secured jobs provide advice and support based on their actual job-hunting experiences for junior students who are beginning their job-hunting activities. It is certain that KSU’s Career Support Center organizes a broad range of support events, such as employment guidance sessions, and provides a wide variety of advice through individual counseling. However, senior students who have just finished job-hunting activities can offer the latest information and advice directly to juniors, and in this sense, junior advisers might be more familiar to job-hunting students. Furthermore, such trustworthy advisers offer freshmen and sophomores advice on what should be done during their university days to prepare for job hunting.
These junior advisers continue providing support even after graduation. As career advisers, they participate in job-hunting support events organized by the Career Support Center, in order to provide KSU students with job-hunting advice and support. At such events, they speak about their job-hunting experiences and what should be done during the students’ time at university. Also, from the viewpoint of working adults and members of companies, they explain how to prepare as workers and offer advice to individual students.
Regarding internship programs as one of the most important elements of career education, KSU encourages students to actively participate in such programs. The Kyushu Sangyo University Internship, an original program at KSU, and a program organized by the Kyushu Internship Promotion Council draw many students every year, with the number of participants at 274 in FY 2013, 354 in FY 2014, 387 in FY 2015, and 365 in FY 2016.
Employment Results of KSU Alumni who Graduated in March 2017 (as of May 1,2017)
*including the number of students who graduated in the first semester
Number of graduates Number of graduates admitted to graduate school etc Number of students who applied for positions Number of graduates who offered positions
International Studies of Culture 207 9 153 143
Economics 357 4 296 287
Commerce 461 3 390 384
Evening School of Commerce 19 1 16 16
Management 354 4 288 280
Information Science 127 2 114 113
Engineering 438 19 403 396
Fine Arts 210 12 168 151
Total 2,173 54 1,828 1,770
Job offer by Region(Headquarters Location) Employment by Region(Headquarters Location)


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