Engineer / Joined in 2017
After I graduated from university in America, I moved to Japan to work in an English conversation school. I taught a wide age range of students as well as planning school events for students and their families.
I sensed there was a limit to how far I could advance in the English conversation industry and a lack of skill transferability so I decided to change jobs. I wanted a job in a flexible industry and to work at a place where I further my Japanese skills. The IT industry sounded like a great fit but with no background in programming, I wasn’t sure if any company would be willing to teach me. GlobalCommunications sees the potential people have and proactively supports people’s professional development. My coworkers at GlobalComs have patiently taught me programming and continue to support me.
I am the main point of contact for our foreign client. I translate documents and emails and act as an interpreters for face to face meetings. I teach English to my coworkers, too, so someday they can communicate directly and work with clients from all around the world. I work on big projects helping to design how a website should be internally organized. I often make documents in Japanese that are used as blueprints once programming starts. Since we often work as a team, it’s important to document and share information effectively.
I like the feeling of finishing a big project and knowing that what I made will be useful to other people. I also like being able to feel like I’m learning. At the start of a big project, I often have doubts whether I can finish my section on time or worry about whether my skill level is high enough. Sometimes I struggle but in the end I will be a more capable programmer than when I started and that is very rewarding.
While I would like to become an expert programmer, my strengths lie more in communication and interacting with people. Once I fully understand how to build a system, I would like to become a project manager. Someday, I’d like to be able to plan out a complex system and be able to explain it well in Japanese to a client.
I like to take trips, read novels and grow vegetables on my very small terrace. I also practice judo and am currently studying beekeeping. I’d like to make and sell my own honey in the future.