Gaining an objective perspective revealed a different side of myself

Yuki Yamashita
Department of Journalism, Faculty of Humanities, 4th year student (Offered a job by Dentsu Inc.)

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The pursuit of personal passions fuels my motivation

Yuki Yamashita, Department of Journalism, Faculty of Humanities, 4th year student (Offered a job by Dentsu Inc.)

Ever since I was little, I have loved Japanese pop groups and K-Pop bands and I have always aspired to work in the entertainment industry. I understood that pursuing this dream required me to go to university, but in junior high school I got sidetracked by attending live concerts and collecting band merchandise, which caused me to fell behind in my studies.

When my father was assigned to work abroad, I started attending a high school in the United States. Being there opened my eyes to interests beyond just pop groups, and I found myself exploring other hobbies and focusing on my studies. After graduating from high school, I took the entrance exam for returning students and applied to Sophia University. I wanted to learn in an environment where I could be close to the professors and other students, so Sophia University was the perfect fit. I still remember how excited I felt when I came to look round the campus. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of this environment that fosters close relationships and effective communication, both inside and outside the classroom, including during the job-hunting.

The Career Center was absolutely invaluable to me! Having a place where I could easily seek advice is a unique benefit of the compact environment at Sophia. Even when I failed a group discussion during my job hunt, they totally understood my personality and gave me advice like, “If you want to take on a leadership role, try taking a step back.” That really resonated with me. From there, I made a conscious effort to look at myself objectively.  

The fastest way to achieve your goals is to know yourself and become more open-minded

Looking back now, I realize that I did not know myself well until I entered university. Despite often taking on leadership roles like president of an extracurricular club at school, I might have been weak at relying on others.

There have been many events that made me reflect on myself, but one that left a particularly strong impression was an off-campus seminar on the realities experienced by people with disabilities, which I attended from the planning stages at the invitation of one of my professors. I had several opportunities to meet well-known people who faced actual difficulties in their lives. By talking to these people directly, I realized that there were parts of myself that I could really relate to. By gaining better self-understanding, I was able to be more natural and did not have to conform to those around me. This made me more open-minded, and I found it easier to talk to and rely on others.

Even after I began job-hunting, at first, kept getting turned down in the initial screening stage. However, once I started visiting the Career Center, everything started going smoothly. As a result, I received job offers not only from the entertainment industry, but also from the advertising industry, an industry which had become a newfound passion. As I considered my career path, I had some doubts, but given my naturally curious personality, I concluded that a company that offered a wide range of opportunities would be the best fit for me. This self-analysis is the reason I decided to join an advertising agency.  While I have yet to find out what I will be doing at my new job, I intend to do my best so that my colleagues will be happy that we are working together.

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※Please note that the content of this article is subject as of October 2022

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