王 可心 WANG Kexin (Jasmine) / Waseda University
When I wrote these sentences, I had just finished the first Japanese presentation ever in my life. Although I was so nervous that I was sweating, I still felt very excited – to be exact, during the two months I have been in Japan, every time I went to the classroom and attended the seminar, I was very excited. This makes me feel even more sorry for myself who couldn’t come to Japan a year ago and had to take online courses.
Why am I here?
Before I came to Waseda, I did not have any experience studying or working overseas. In fact, in my last year of college, I seriously considered studying abroad, but I put it on hold because I received a very promising offer. After five years of work, the idea of “going out to see the world I have never seen” came to my mind once again.
As someone with 5 years of work experience, it was obvious that an MBA was the best way for me to pursue a more international career. And I had visited Japan twice before and really liked the people, culture and food here, it has always been my dream to study and live in Japan. That’s basically why I’m here now.
Everybody Lives by “Selling” Something
Throughout our lives, we all exchange things of value. It doesn’t matter what your work is, hairdresser, accountant, lawyers, engineers, trade, everyone, we all live by “selling” something.
Whether we call ourselves salespeople or not, if we have an idea, product, service, skill, ability, talent or opportunity that we can make a living from and others can benefit from, we need to be able to sell. Whether or not what we exchange is valuable to others should be determined through effective communication, open dialogue and trust. In this complex world, this means we need to ensure that our talents and capabilities are visible to those who need to know us. We need to proactively put ourselves in a position to work with others to earn our value at any level, or we risk being overlooked and losing opportunities.
Taken to an organization wide level, everybody in our zemi has an impact on how we communicate with and engages in the principle of exchange with the broader community, and each other. At this point, I think every one of our zemi members has done a great job. Everyone has been “selling” their different perspectives on issues, their unique talents to get something out of others that themself don’t have.
For me personally, the situation is a bit special because I took both the English zemi and the Japanese zemi, it allows me to have more and deeper communications with Japanese members. The diversity of background and culture gave us the opportunity to share our different experiences and apply them to some of the activities that were conducted during the Zemi.
Last week, we visited the Waseda Entrepreneurship Center which offers consultations on starting a business and provides management support and advice to member companies. It was really a good time to learn how this organization works and what kinds of projects have successfully turned into real business.