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Over 40% of students who have studied abroad are interested in working at startups, poll

  • May 18, 2022
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 11
  • JMH Translation

A survey probing the views of Japanese students who have studied overseas has found that students with study-abroad experience are more interested in working for a startup than are students who do not have such experience. Those who have studied abroad tend to value having opportunities to exercise their discretion at work and being in an environment where they can develop their skills early in their careers.


DISCO Inc., a company that provides job information [to new graduates] (Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo), conducted the online poll on views on job hunting. Implemented from Feb. 18 to March 9, 2022, the poll targeted students who had studied abroad at a university either in a degree program or in a language program. Valid responses were received from 559 of those who graduated in or after May 2021 or expected to graduate soon. The results were compared with the findings of a survey of about 1,200 “domestic students” who will graduate in 2023 and do not have study-abroad experience.


A total of 43.6% of pollees with study-abroad experience said they either are “very” or “somewhat” interested in working for a startup, greatly exceeding the 24% of domestic students who said they want to work at a startup.


Asked why they are interested in working at a startup (multiple responses permitted), 44.7% of those with study abroad experience said “because I can exercise my discretion at work.” Another 43% gave as the reason for their interest “because I can develop my skills early in my career.” This suggests that the environment at startups where employees can exercise their judgment at work early in their career is attractive to study-abroad students, who prioritize personal growth.

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