On Wednesday, November 25th, the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies and the Junior College’s Department of English Studies for Careers together held an online lecture titled “Career paths after KUFS: Pursuing graduate education overseas and building a career in international cooperation” of which 362 viewers (including students, faculty and staff) participated.
The two lecturers of this academic year were both graduates of the Department of British and American Studies: Miki Anno (Class of 2017) who currently works for Accenture, and Akina Ueno (Class of 2006), an Education Specialist for UNICEF in Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
After her graduation from KUFS, Anno pursued graduate studies at the University of Oxford. She spoke about her years in graduate school, as well as her current profession. “At Oxford, having heated conversations about politics and business even outside of class was the norm. I was inspired by how my classmates had a keen interest in social issues.” She also addressed her juniors currently studying at her alma mater, “To find what you really want to do, it’s important to experience a lot of things. I want you to meet as many people as you can.”
Ueno, who oversees education at UNICEF Lao PDR, gave a speech about working at an international institution. She talked about her career development process and her current professional duties. To current students who are still undecided of their future, she advised them to just do what you can starting today, and concluded, “If you get out of your comfort zone and try new things, you’ll meet new people and discover new opportunities.”
Students seemed truly inspired after the lecture: “Listening to those two speakers with experiences in different countries was a great opportunity to reconsider my path for the future.” “I was really inspired by those two. I’d like to give my best in the things I do, starting today.” The event was a great opportunity for these students to consider their future options by learning about how their seniors made their own choices.
View the lecture here:
“Career paths after KUFS: Pursuing graduate education overseas and building a career in international cooperation”
*Accessible only to KUFS students, faculty and staff