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Muttayab Masood from Pakistan,HIDA accepted Mr. Syed Muttayab Masood from Pakistan, a first year student of a Global MBA Program of The Hosei Business Schools of Innovation and Management, as an intern from 11th January to 15th February 2017. 

This time, Mr. Masood wrote a contributed column for this website about contents of his internship and its impression.

Study life in japan

I am Muttayab Masood, 25 years old. Currently I am doing my master’s degree at The Hosei Business School of Innovation Management. My hobbies are playing football, cricket and swimming. After coming to japan I have also started playing baseball and futsal. I love meeting new people and learning different cultures. Today I am going to share my experience and study life in Japan and why I chose this program.
In my country, Pakistan, most of the students prefer Australia, America, Canada or Europe over Japan for advanced studies. But in my case I had an opportunity to either go to Europe, Japan or Mauritius for my master’s degree, and I applied for the university in Europe and at the same time I applied to the university in Japan as well. After going through the long process and submitting the documents in both countries, I received notice of admission both in Europe and Japan, and it was the time when I had to make a choice. I knew this choice would play a major role in my life.
After many discussions and arguments, everyone suggested that I go to the European university rather than the Japanese one. But before making any final decision I studied the syllabus for both of the programs, and the Japanese master’s degree was more interesting and dealt with practical knowledge too. Also, I have some friends in japan who also told me about the business opportunities and the better job market, but the only problem was the vast language barrier in Japan.
But I made my decision and came to Japan 10 days earlier than the beginning of classes. In the first week after coming to japan, I faced many problems, including difficulties regarding availability of food, lack of a place for praying, as well as difficulty in following rules. I was so upset that I just wanted to go back and was finding an excuse for everything.
After the first week, my university classes started at Hosei University. The staff, the professors and the students in the class were so cooperative and things started settling down. One of my professors helped me in finding a place for halal food, and the administration staff gave me a room where I can pray during the day. The staff also helped me with bank procedures and other things.
The main reasons why I selected the master’s degree in Japan are:
  1. To learn the Japanese management system and how Japan became one of the best economies in the world after going through horrific incidents in the past,
  2. To learn how the Japanese are able to respect others’ religions and cultures,
  3. To do business with Japan in the future, and
  4. As one of my goals is to do a PHD in future, I am thinking of doing it in Japan.

Of course, there were also a number of other reasons as well for choosing Japan for my higher studies.
In my opinion, Tokyo is a combination of traditional architecture and modern architecture. The traditional architecture makes use of wood, and is reflected in its temples. Modern architecture, on the other hand, we can see in buildings like Tokyo Tower. One of the most important things about this city is that it is safe and you can go out at any time of day or night.
So far I have also experienced huge culture shock. One of the examples is that no matter how crowded the train stations are, people are very calm and have patience in getting on and off the train. I have also noticed that people on trains refrain from using their cellphones which reflects their efforts not to disturb anyone. This is completely different from my country, which is too noisy during the rush hour.
My experience in this country is so far the best experience of my life. I have learned many new things and am looking forward to learning more. After five months of classroom studies, the MBA program also includes an internship program for five weeks in a local municipal corporation so that students can experience the working environment in Japan and get to know more about Japanese culture.
My internship experience at HIDA
I started my internship at HIDA (The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association) on 11 January 2017.The day I started this internship I was confused about what my job would be and how difficult it would be without knowing the language and the manners in working at this office. But I was completely and pleasantly surprised when I started working in the office. This internship has given me so much experience, which includes many jobs such as:
  1. Conducting an interview,
  2. Marketing,
  3. Visiting another city for training, and
  4. Making reports and doing analysis on the training programs.
Other than this office work, I have made new friends in the office, and am learning the Japanese approach to business management, and the manners which will be so useful in my future business career in Japan.
Overall my study and work experience has been great, and I hope to enjoy my time in Japan during the rest of my degree studies. In my opinion everyone faces problems at the beginning and it depends on the person and the family who supports him/her at the difficult time. My parents were always there for me and have supported me in every major decision in life. I am forever grateful for their support.

 My internship experience at HIDA

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