Kevin Everts - Student Testimonial Asian Studies Leiden University
“I really got to know the language and the country”
“I've just graduated from the two-year Master's in Japan Studies. Having done the BA in Japan Studies, this was the most logical master's for me. I was still fascinated by Japan; I wanted to speak the language properly and really get to understand the culture...
I have to say that the work pressure, particularly in the first semester, was very high. For many students, the step from BA to MA is tough. Every week there's so much to read and write for the core subjects, and at the same time the language subjects are becoming more intensive. If you have a small, close-knit group of fellow students, you can pull one another through, and once you've got over that threshold, everything starts to improve. It taught me to become more resilient to stress, so I'm much less likely to get panicked by pressure of work these days. I can really recommend this master's to students who have the grit to keep going and who want to make as thorough a study of Japan as possible.
Now that I've graduated, I'm hoping to find a job that has some connection with Japan. My preference would be for something in the business sector; it would be great to find a job in an internationally oriented company that does business with Japan. Importing innovative products from Japan to the Netherlands or Europe would be a good challenge. I'm confident that the skills I learned during my studies make me an attractive candidate for just about any company. There are not many people who have a good command of the Japanese language, and not only that, Japan is the world's third largest economy and has a leading position in the field of technology.”
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