Chances of getting a job in Clinical Research Industry?
What do you believe are my chances of landing a comfortable job in Japan based on my background? (Putting asides the ongoing impact of not being able to travel due to covid-19)
I'm a 25 year-old British Citizen, but also a child of a Japanese national and have been using Japanese for most of my life. I have lived in Japan before via student visa, so I know what the country is like. It's hard for me to describe my Japanese language level; I'm not fluent (yet), but I speak on a conversational level and have used Japanese throughout my entire career history. (more on that later) I consider my kanji reading/writing and vocabulary knowledge to be very middle-ground; I can probably read approx. 1000 kanji and I understand most word meanings I heasee in Japanese conversation. I'm confident I can reach fluency within 1-2 years if I put my mind to it. I do not have the JLPT qualification. While I find it to be overrated, I understand it will improve my chances so I will consider taking N1 or N2 in the future. On a minor note, I have my Japanese accent (I use Kansai dialect with some friends lol) and I look very Japanese - more people assume I am Japanese than a white person. (i'm both anyway haha)
I graduated with a BA degree in International Relations - which has very little relevance to my work history so far. I've worked in the Clinical Research Industry for 13 months as of the time of this post. (However, in that time, I've worked for 3 employers including my current one. The first 2 were under fixed term contracts. Current job is permanent) I have worked as a Project Coordinator for Clinical Trials (involving Japanese volunteers) and have mostly worked with Japanese managers. The exact kind of work I've done so far is pretty diverse - writing/editing/translating study documents, Trial Master File maintenance and software testing are probably the main duties. I have future opportunities in my current job to explore other departments and gain more skills in relation to the conduct of Clinical Trials - such as QC/QA.
On another note, I worked in Osaka as a Sales/Service Technician, but this was in the printing industry and only lasted for a few months - I was let go because they decided I wasn't suitable for the job. (In fairness, I felt the same way in the end!) The rest of my work experience is either part-time restaurant or freelance translating, so they don't amount to much. As of now, I have about 2 years of full-time working experience discounting the part-time stuff.
Finally, I do not plan on leaving the UK until 2021 or 2022. I'm aiming to stay in my current company for at least 1 year and explore the various departments. After all, I've yet to even stay in a company for 1 year! (not entirely my fault though, since most previous jobs were temporary contracts as mentioned)
Is there a high demand for English speakers in the Clinical Research Industry? Would many companies be willing to sponsor for a work visa? Do my current skills and experience hold up? Any advice, sources etc. would be much appreciated!
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