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Communication is the Key

Hiroshi, class of 2015, is in London using skills honed in the NIS IB program to support recent recruits to smoothly transition into their work careers.


Where are you living now?
I live in London, UK.

What kind of work are you doing?
I work as an entry level talent coordinator at Bloomberg.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Having experienced the stress of finding my first career job after university not too long ago, I remember the strong positive impact the recruiter that hired me had on my journey through my recruitment process. I wanted to give that same level of support to young grads coming into the working world especially considering the effects COVID has had on the most recent cohort of graduates.

What kind of challenges does it hold for you?
One of the biggest challenges is not dealing with the candidates themselves, but with the assessors and interviewers. Often these interviewers have their main role and responsibilities that they are more concerned with, and it can be challenging to have them prioritize recruitment work in these instances. Strong communication and a sense of stakeholder management are key skills to overcome this challenge.

Did NIS help you prepare for your current position in any way?
I think in particular the IB helped me prepare for the real world. Managing multiple long term deadlines and being freerer to manage my own time to meet these are core skills I use daily not just in my current job but also throughout university.

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or getting most excited about these days? 
With COVID restrictions getting lifted and having been fully vaccinated and boostered, I am enjoying seeing my friends more in person!

What’s the one thing you miss most about Japan/Nagoya? 
Thankfully some good Japanese restaurants have started to open in London recently, but it's still no replacement for the real deal.

And of course, we need to know, what words of wisdom do you have for today’s Dolphins?
Communicate if you are having trouble with anything! Be it academics, problems with friends/family or uncertainty about the future I think it is so important to find a person you trust and be totally honest about how you feel. It's been a few years since I have been at NIS, but I am sure the teaching staff and guidance counselor are just as helpful and kind as they were when I was there - or speak to a trusted friend/family member. COVID has pushed us to unprecedented levels of disconnect - I think communicating and leaning on each other is now more important than ever.