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Internship at the Bunkyo Educational Board
9月から三ヶ月間関わってきた文京区の教育委員会内でのインターンシップがおとといで終わった。

そしてなんと先日木曜日の朝日新聞の朝刊で今回のインターンシップが特集された。何をやっていたか説明するのがめんどくさいから記事を参照してください。オレは外人二人の通訳や翻訳業務に関わっていました。


3ヶ月間ものすごく面白い経験ができたと思う。外からはなかなかわからない日本の教育の問題点が垣間見れた気がするし、外国人研修生とはものすごく仲良くなれたし。この研修を実現させるに当たってオレは何も貢献していないのである意味おいしいとこ取りだったかもしれない。後輩やこのインターンプログラムをここまで発展させた方々に感謝しています。

とりあえず個人的に感じた日本の教育の課題は:教師の質の底上げ&学校への権限委譲を進めること。ただ制度的・構造的な問題が多すぎてなかなか実現するのは難しそう。とりあえずこの問題意識は頭の片隅に留めておきたい。

そして昨日は研修生だったオランダ人とハンガリー人のフェアウェルパーティー。お別れは辛かった。よく考えたら最近別れが多いな。。
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Working Working Working...
I worked 13 hours for two straight days.... It's against the contract dude...
sore izen ni jinken ni hanshiteiru toiu giwakuga...

But anyways...
I got to be involved in a project where we are working for this really big and famous firm (the sad thing is I can't tell you who..). My task is not interesting, but just the thought of me being involved in working for such a client kind of excited me today. yay.

I'm going away to Jaipur with 7 other trainees for the weekend (I would prefer to go alone, but well, I was invited so why refuse?), so I am very looking forward to finishing up the week.

a- tsukareta------!!!
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Getting Sick...
Well, finally it has come...

On my first week, I was really surprised that I stayed perfectly healthy (after hearing so many stories from many of my Japanese friends about the health problems they had in India). I haven't even had any trouble with the dreadly diarrhea... To tell you the truth, I was starting to feel like I was the man with unmeasurable toughness, haha.

But actually there had been some moments where I felt rather uneasy about my conditions. Last Thursday when I came back from work, I felt really tired and my whole body was "darui". In bed, I think I had a bad fever... So on that night I tried really hard to sweat in sleep by covering myself up in a sleeping bag provided by my roommate. Thanks to all the smelly sweating I experienced overnight, I was able to avoid skipping work the next day. And I felt perfectly fine after that.

But then again, this time, the same kind of fever started attacking me on Saturday night. I guess this time, I didn't take much care in fighting it cuz I attended 3 parties in total from Friday to Saturday, haha stupid... So yeah, during this party with my co-workers (mostly trainees) on Saturday night, I felt like I was gonna faint... I had the worst headache and felt chilly all over...

After coming home, I just stayed in bed until 10pm the next day.... I still had some headache left when I went out of bed to grab some food, but after sleeping for another day, I think I feel a lot better. In fact I am in office right now working as usual, and typing up this entry. Hope my condition gets better soon since I am going on a trip to Jaipur this weekend. I am so looking forward to it!

So no needs to worry. I better start showing my bosses that I can work so I can be allocated to more interesting projects... The one I am working on right now is like "arubaito" in Japan...
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Working working
Today is my fourth day of my internship. I've been getting used to things pretty fast, and I am getting along with other trainees and co-workers pretty well at this point.

I cannot talk much about the project I am working for because of security reasons, but basically I am profiling information of tons of Japanese firms into an excel file. Really boring, but since I have approached my bosses to gather info about this project I have a better understanding of my jobrole now and can think more about how I can contribute in diffeernt ways.

I really want to write in Japanese... Hopefully, I will get to go to an Internet cafe this weekend where I can connect my own laptop I brang from home, so I can write in Japanese and update everything I have done in India so far.

One more thing to add. During the weekdays I will have to be sneaking around using the company email account to get in touch with ppl. So to all of you, please email me to the below email address. I would be more than happy to hear from all of you!!! (I can read Japanese so you don't have to write me in English!)

My email address: [my first name].[my last name]@evalueserve.com

If you have sent an email to me to my hotmail account after my departure from Japan, please resend your emails to this address. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!!
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Working in India
Hello everyone, and sorry for not being able to update my blog for such a long time.
There are so many things to talk about, but let me just say beforehand that the environment I am in right now has the worst access to any kind of communication means for me to get in touch with my friends and family....

First of all, in internet cafes, I can't read nor write Japanese. And the connection speed is darn slow,,,, Second, in the company I am working in, I cannot access my private email account because of security reasons... The security policies in my company are so strict that I am starting to get really annoyed...

So this is my excuse for not being able to update my blog or get in touch with all my friends in Japan and the US... Sorry guys, I will try to find some way of contacting you on a regular basis...


Ok, just a little about what I have been doing since my arrival.
Arrived on Thusday the 15th and I stayed over an AIESEC member's house for two nights. The family I stayed with was so nice!

I moved into a flat where I will be living with 5 other trainees on Saturday. The living condition is not so bad except for the fact that we get power cuts and water cuts at least once a day.... I went sightseeing with the other trainees to Delhi on Sunday and it was really fun. I will upload photos when I have the chance to.

I started work on Monday. The office is really new and nice, with tons of employees working. I realized that Evalueserve (the company I am working for) is a really huge company. I immediately got to join this project where I get to do market research of Japanese firms. The work is boring so far, but I hope to get some more interesting ones as I go along.

Ok, I guess I will stop there, Next time, I hope I can write in Japanese.
Namaste---

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Off to India
インドへの出発が確定しました。来週の15日にデリー行きの飛行機に乗って旅立ちます。

とりあえずこれまでの経緯と現地で何をやるかについて。

本来ならミシガンから帰国してすぐにアイセックの海外インターンに行こうと思っていた。しかしマッチングがうまく行かず、さらに8月中に日本でやりたいことがたくさん見つかり(国内インターン、NALDS、HPAIRなど)インターン開始希望を9月に延期した。いろいろ忙しい中でInterviewやメールのやりとりを経て、ようやく8月10日あたりにインドのマーケットリサーチ会社から受け入れOKの通知が来た。

以来、ビザの取得で少し手間どったものの、先日なんとか発行され、航空券や予防接種などもうまく終わり、これであとは準備をして出発するのみとなった。

インターン先企業はニューデリーにオフィスのあるEvalueserveというところ。IBMやMckinsey出身の人たちが立ち上げたみたいです。一応Websiteはしっかりしてる(?)から信頼はできるかなと。

インターンでは日本企業のAccountingが主な仕事となるみたいです。Marketing、Accounting、Financeのうちどれでもいいからとにかく実務を通じてビジネススキルを伸ばしたかったのと、アジアの国で働いてみたい、という自分の希望にそれなりに合致していたのでよしとした。

とりあえずインドで生活をするということで、最初は自分の健康に一番気を使いたいと思う。今年の夏に何人か後輩がインドに遊びに行っていたけれど、ほぼ全員が体調を崩したと聞いたから。でもインドはかねてから行きたかった国だから現地では向こうの文化をしっかり吸収できるよう現地人とたくさん交流したい。

仕事の面では先述の通り、Accountingをしっかり学んできたい。でもインドのインターンシップでは、当初伝えられていた仕事内容が完全に違うものに変わるというケース(Marketingをやることになっていたが、実際行って見ると翻訳しかやらせてくれない、など)が多いらしいのでもしも行ってみて仕事のやりがいがなかったり面白くなかったら自分からやめて帰ってくると思います。

そんな感じです。引き続きこのblogは更新していくし、メアドも変わらないと思うので何かあったらみなさん連絡ください。そしてインドに遊びに来る方はぜひとも連絡を!
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