1) Always search for the "big picture".
2) Be honest about personal strengths and weaknesses and actively seek personal development on a regular basis.
3) Cultivate a "challenge" orientated spirit, and strive for improvement in everything on a daily basis.
Christopher Wagner (クリストファーワグナー）
1) Planning, administrating, and facilitating communication between Headquarters and global HR members
2) Developing the framework and policies for our global HR system
3) Planning, administrating, and enhancing our global talent development system and programs
【Adjusting to working in a "high context" environment.】
As a foreigner working in Japan, communication tends to be "high context", meaning that every detail is not always clearly stated. It is often necessary for me to read between the lines to understand the full message. In order to adjust to this kind of working environment and fill in the blanks, I had to develop a habit of consciously searching for the "big picture" and trying to think from the other person's perspective. Adopting this habit though has greatly helped me to adjust.
While there are many businesses and departments in Kuraray, there is a strong feeling of always being part of and working together as one team. There is a common respect for collaboration and different ways of thinking, which makes it easy to contribute ideas from a global standard/perspective.
【Make time to clearly define your personal values】
Making the transition from university life to company life is a huge event which requires a lot of time and resources. I think this experience though is very helpful in defining key personal values, and can become a strong individual compass for you in the future. For me, I believe the values honored at Kuraray greatly compliment my own personal values which has greatly contributed to a sense of worth, motivation, and happiness in my company life. I therefore greatly encourage you not overlook this part of the transition, and spend adequate time defining your own personnal values.