Adam Adair just completed his third year in Computer Science Co-op at Ryerson. He was recently accepted to the Canada-Japan Co-op program via the Ryerson Co-op Office and is sharing his experience so far below!
My name is Adam Adair, and I will be posting blogs of my adventures while I’m in Japan for the Canada-Japan Co-op program! This program is hosted by the University of British Columbia. I have been accepted for a 12-month position at the Honda Research Institute in Wako, Saitama, Japan as a Software Developer.
Last semester, while I was looking through the job postings, I was extremely excited to see a posting for the Canada-Japan Co-op program. I believe that an international co-op is an excellent opportunity and Japan is an ideal destination for me personally. Since I am half Japanese, I have always wanted to visit Japan, and explore that part of my heritage in order to better understand that side of my background and culture. However, until I received this great opportunity, it has always been financially infeasible.
In addition to my many personal interests in Japan and its rich culture, I also see this opportunity as an incredible way to gain valuable work experience in my field. Since I am a Computer Science student, having the chance to work in Japan as a Software Developer for Honda, a well-known company, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to further develop the skills I have acquired at Ryerson University.
Pre-departure Training – May 8th to May 11th 2017.
From May 8-11, 2017 I attended a pre-departure training week in Vancouver B.C for my upcoming year of coop in Japan. The training took place at the University of British Columbia. On the first day of training, we were introduced to two alumni of the CJCP (Canada Japan Coop Program), Ryan and Louisa, who were our facilitators for the week. We started off with some ice breakers to get to know one another. In total there were roughly 50 students who were a part of the program.
Throughout the week we had many presentations by alumni and special guests with experience in Japan. They talked about their adventures and gave us the opportunity to ask many questions. In addition to this we had one language course per day, and went over various health and safety protocols. We also learned about Japanese culture, and had the opportunity to try calligraphy and try on traditional Japanese clothes.
On the final day, we visited the Japanese Consulate general and we each introduced our selves to her in Japanese and explained where we would be working in Japan. She then presented each of us with a certificate for successfully completing the pre-departure training. After all the presentations and all the information, we received, I believe that the most valuable part of this training week was getting to know the other students who will be in Japan. We have setup a group on Facebook so that if anyone wants to do an activity with others, they can post the information there. Knowing that there are other students in the program that are nearby, and you can contact makes the idea of travelling to a foreign country much less intimidating.
You can learn more about The Canada-Japan Co-op Program on their website!
Stay tuned for more updates from Adam’s co-op experience!
Feature image: The Canada-Japan Co-op Program