Interview on Vietnamese finding programming job in Japan


Interview: Do Tri Quoc on His Job Search in Japan

Do Tri Quoc from Vietnam sat down with us at his office in Tokyo to discuss the job search and experience in Japan, and how TalentHub helped him through it.

Working on Macbook in office
TalentHub: How long have you been living in Japan now?

Do Tri Quoc: About 10 and a half years. My first year I attended a Japanese school in Osaka, then I entered Osaka University and studied computer science for 4 years. After graduation I moved to Tokyo and began working.

The US and many European countries are advanced in the IT sector. What was it that made you choose to come work in Japan?

The biggest draw is how easy life is; it’s safe and stable. You get used to the Japanese lifestyle even though you’re not Japanese.
I’ve never been to Europe, but I traveled to the US about once a year at my previous job, for 2-3 weeks at a time. Silicon Valley is known as the best environment for engineers, which I agree with in terms of technology. However, I had no chance to speak Japanese, and I like Japanese culture, plus American politics has lots of issues currently. So for me, Japan is the best.

Did you encounter any problems due to differences in job searching between Vietnam and Japan?

I actually never searched for a job in Vietnam so I don’t know too much about it, but I think finding a job in Japan is pretty difficult.
Especially because of the language barrier. As an engineer, I need not only Japanese but English as well.
Also, I wasn’t accustomed to Japanese business culture at first, which has much more complicated rules compared to Vietnam, so that was hard.
However, Japan has a shortage of available workers in the IT industry, so as an engineer the job search is easier I think. It may be a similar situation in other countries too.
Working as a programmer in Japan

How did TalentHub help you overcome these difficulties?

I think it is helpful for companies to be able to see your coding contest results alongside your CV. Then they can compare you to other engineers who took the same challenge. Often times companies will decide a coding test, but in this case the challenges are provided by TalentHub and are ranked by difficulty.
Any engineer looking to stay sharp can take the challenges periodically, even when not looking for a job.

How does TalentHub compare to the many similar services available?

My impression is that, the TalentHub staff are kind, and they provide support in English in addition to Japanese. In my first contact with them, it would have been fine if I couldn’t speak Japanese because they supported me in English.
Also, they looked at my CV carefully and introduced me to companies that were a good match for me.

Would you recommend TalentHub to others looking to work in Japan?

Yes, I definitely recommend it. I am very happy to have found a job through TalentHub.
Smiling in Japanese office

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