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Recent HJU Graduates' Workplace Reports: Part II〜卒業生の活躍 Part 2〜

In the next in a series of articles, we hear from MG, a recent HJU graduate who is now busy at work. As I mentioned in the previous articles, watching students graduate and then move on to new lives is a bittersweet experience. However, having spoken with MG this week, and hearing how well things are going in her new job, has been so positive. She has some useful ideas about learning and using English- so, let's see what she had to say. First MG spoke about how to improve your English level, whilst staying motivated.


I studied English by taking notes on new vocabulary and English expressions in the GSE classes and whenever I was researching or writing my assignments. I also listened to TED Talks and podcasts in my free time to improve my listening skills. In addition, I improved my speaking ability to create more opportunities to actively speak English by communicating with international students at the university and by participating in international volunteer work. I think it is important to have fun studying English. I was able to continue my studies by motivating my future goals and favorite overseas trips. I often think of the expression: "Persistence will pay off." Please do your best and you will reach your goals!


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MG recommends taking chances to speak English, in this picture she is volunteering as part of the Hiroshima Peace festival.

Next, I asked how MG, now that she is working and has graduated, looks back on her university time:

You will always need positivity in your job. Therefore, please be conscious of keeping a positive attitude, such as actively speaking in class and participating in volunteer work in your university life. An enterprising attitude and ability to take action will be very useful in the workplace. I also recommend that you continue to study for and take the TOEIC test. I think there are many companies that will check your English skills by looking at your TOEIC score. I think it will be to your benefit if you get business English skills while you are a university student.


Ok, so that's some solid advice from MG. As her teacher in many classes, I can confirm that she always wrote down new words, was conscious of her TOEIC score, and made steady progress through hard work and commitment.


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MG hard at work; she recommends a positive attitude.

Next, I asked her next about her new job, and how she uses English in her daily life:

Until June, there was training for new employees, and I learned about the history of the company and important things about workplace manners. Also, I took part in a lot of group work and presentations as team-building exercises. I made a presentation about the company for new employees and partners overseas and presented it in English using online video conferencing software. Not only was I able to communicate with overseas employees in English, but I also felt how the company was connected to overseas group companies. I think there will be many opportunities to use English at work. I continue to make an effort to study English.


Finally, I asked MG if she has any words of advice for current or potential new students.


Do not be afraid of failure, and please challenge yourself a lot while you are a university student. You should be able to grow step by step through your experience and failures.


Thank you, MG for your wonderful advice, and congratulations on your ongoing success!

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