Do you have your mentor?
I had lunch my main thesis supervisor, who is kind of my good mentor cum friend.
Talking with him always makes me happy, comfortable and enpowered, bcz he is honest and accepts & enjoys the journey of researches and life.
I sometimes felt that i might be unstable but what i have done added me the value of scarcity.
Do not underestimate it.
We talked abt job hunting of his daughter, who is excellent bilingual and the mix of Japanese & American. Her job hunting is basically NOT traditional (Japanese) shu-katsu.
It's more based on introduced by someone.
As the old research tell us (Oh I forgot the name of the book) , weak tie is important and effective for getting job.
According to what is observed in her experience, market value of bilingual in Japan is getting higher now. It is maybe bcz there are needs for expanding inbound market and at the same time, Japan is not so popular for bilinguals as a working place.. Among Asia it is the worst while Singapore is the best.
Language problem, long time working culture and bureaucracy....
Parallel situation happens in India. Demand for Japanese staff is high but supply is low.
Language barrier, cultural difference might be the reasons.
From my experience, working AS a Japanese (deal with Japanese clients)abroad requires to Behave much more as a Japanese, which cant be played by local staff..read between the lines...
How ironical it is ! I didnt like too much pusshing Japanese norm but eventually involved in it more deeply...
Btw what is the difference between comfortable positivity and uncomfortable one?
I like my professor with his comfortable positivity.
Comfortable one is focused on hope with empathy, dont take the situation too much seriously. Uncomfortable one is too much focus on up up up and judge the situation according to that value system.
Happy for hearing his word "Happy to have you come back here" and his big warm tight hug !!