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Japanese point of view: Working in a global company

Hello everyone,

December has come, and we finally are in the last month of the year which means this is the final stretch before the Winter holidays !! 頑張りましょう!! (let's do our best!)

Through the previous articles, you could get to know more about our foreign members and their story with IBT. Today, I would like you to meet Rikiya "Ricky", one of our teammates, and have a Japanese point of view about working in a global company like IBT. Please, keep reading!

IBT is a very global company with members coming from all around the globe. Did you have experience living abroad before joining us?

Actually, I was majoring in English literature at university. There were a lot of professors coming from abroad and the courses were in English, but it was more focused on reading and writing than on speaking. I wanted to improve my speaking skills, so I decided to join a program that allowed me to go to New Zealand for 6 months and get my credits. Unfortunately, in New Zealand they speak "British English" and I wasn't really good at it. So when I came back to Japan, I decided to find a part-time job and work hard to save money and go to Canada. I was working 7 days a week and thanks to that I could save around 15.000USD in 6 months! I made the decision to have a break from university, and went to Canada with a student visa for 6 months, and switched to a working holiday visa for a year. I was working as a barista in a Waffle shop in the morning, and in a local cafe in the evening, and could improve my English speaking skills thanks to that!

Do you think your experience of living abroad changed you?

Absolutely! When I came back to Japan, my friends and family told me that I have changed a lot. I became able to express my feelings and my opinions. You know, Japanese people don't really like to "debate" so, even if we don't agree with someone's opinion, it is more annoying to say it than to keep it for ourselves, so we tend to refrain from saying anything. But when I was in Canada, I realized that this is actually one of the reasons why couples often fight. I came to think that expressing your opinion is not a bad thing and is actually important to have a healthy relationship with people, even at work.

You graduated in March of this year. Why have you decided to join IBT as your very first job and how is it to work with people coming from all around the world?

I wanted to work with foreign nationals and eventually use my English skills. I have also always wanted to do something for foreigners, and IBT's service really attracted me.

About working with foreign nationals, well I have a lot of chances to debate so it's pretty cool! (laughter)

What are the good sides and the "less good" sides of working with people of different nationalities?

The good side is that everybody expresses freely their opinion so we can debate a lot.

The "less good" side is... that everybody expresses freely their opinion so it's really hard to make a decision! (laughter) Sometimes, when we plan to do something, everybody, including Japanese members, express their opinion and when everyone is different we end the conversation without actually making any decision... that's tough sometimes (laughter)



Are there some cultural differences that surprised you?

Yes! Almost everybody leaves on time! (laughter)

You know, in Japan we tend to "overwork" and rarely leave on time. We usually keep working even after the stated period, which is not really a good thing, actually. Foreign members don't think that way and leave right on time (if they have finished their duties of course)! The way they make the distinction between work and private is pretty great.

What is your goal in IBT and your dream for the future?

I want to become a member everybody wants to rely on, and being able to give advice and help when it's needed. I think that if I become this kind of person, I can start growing up a community. My dream has always been to create a place where foreign nationals can come and have fun, like a guest house. I would like to do this in Japan, with my future family.

Is there something you would like to add?

IBT is a great place to work. The hierarchical relationship here is not vertical but horizontal.Since this is a start-up, you can continue to take on new challenges every time. We often hear companies saying that you can pretty much try anything you want, but I didn't really believe them until I joined IBT. I was actually really surprised. I am trying so many things that my schedule is full, in a good way of course! (laughter)

So I really want people to know that this kind of company actually exists. If you like taking on new challenges, please join us! I bet you will really enjoy it!

Well, I couldn't say it better myself! Thank you very much for your time Rikiya!

And thank you all for your reading and for all the likes and shares of the article about Primawan. I really appreciate it!

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