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Welcome to Globis
Transcript of Welcome to Globis
Before you get to Tokyo, buy a map and know the general areas and terms like
School is in Kojimachi. Before going to school take note of the train exits that are near it (which varies per train you are on)
Train lines near school:
Yurakucho (Kojimachi Station) 1min walk
JR Chuo (Ichigaya /Yotsuya Station) 10min walk
Namboku (Yotsuya Station) 10min walk
Hanzomon (Hanzomon Station) 10min walk
Main modes of transport are:
By foot (slow but scenic route)
Train (preferred and fastest option)
Bus (not commonly used unless you know your stops and schedule)
Taxi (somewhat expensive with additional charges for night trips)
Getting to School
It definitely helps to learn at least Katakana and Hiragana.
There are a few basic Kanji that are helpful to learn.
A basic phrase book helps.
If you haven't enrolled, you can check out some audio books so you can maximize your travel time in the train.
Ask the school if they arranged Japanese language lessons, you can get it discounted but you'll have to cover the cost.
You can also study more at your local city hall.
You can learn by joining sports clubs to learn a sport and make friends at the same time.
If all else fails, use apps Google Translate or Imiwa.
Join the Language Exchange programs in school and get a language partner to practice your skills and make a new friend.
School organizations help you expand your personal network.
Knowing Japanese makes it easier to get jobs.
Cross-cultural awareness helps too, start reading up.
Iris Angela M. Bantegui
First off, these are only recommendations. I have been successful with these, but your experience may be completely different.
Take your time. Nothing good has even been written under pressure.
40% of your time might be spent reading and summarizing thoughts with pen & paper, 20% creating charts, 20% drafting the outline and 20% actually writing sentences.
Aim for quality as you would if you were writing a memo to your company's CEO. Use proper language, formatting and still keep it simple.
It's your argumentation that is being evaluated and how you arrive at your result - not whether the result is right or wrong.
Avoid too many bullet points, otherwise the readability suffers.
Make sure you form conclusions, don't just restate facts. Support these conclusions with evidence.
Use charts, graphics, exhibits to illustrate your thought process. Reference these in your report ("see chart 3") to make sure they are marked. You can also create your own library of charts and recycle them from other reports.
Frameworks are there to support you, but draw your own conclusions from them.
Print your report when you are finished and re-read it in paper form. It feels completely different once you see it printed.
Balance between quantitative and qualitative.
Welcome to GLOBIS
We look forward to meeting you!
Time Management & Staying Healthy
Cellphone, banks and insurance
David Sta. Maria
Fun Things to Do
Get these things sorted out ahead of time or in the first month of classes.
For most requirements you will need a school ID and address.
Get some basic calling cards done with your name and email address.
It helps if you can write your name in Katakana.
Your phone may not work in Japan. You'll need to get one here in Japan. Phone contracts here are for 2 years, so be ready to pay a fee if you don't plan to say the entire time otherwise, get with students from the older batch to take over their existing plans.
Get a plan with internet, it helps when you are out and lost.
JP Post is the more Foreign Student friendly bank, you can open it near your house or close to school.
Withdrawing using international cards can be tricky and expensive, JP Post accepts most cards.
If you are a JASSO or MEXT scholar, you will need a JP Post Account.
There is a JP Post Bank near school.
For the NHI be sure to tell them that you are a student so you get the student rate.
NHI is helpful and saves lots of money when you are sick.
Manage Your Life
Work Life Balance
Set your expectations... that there is no such thing as work life balance.
Try to think of it as work life management (i.e. getting your work done sooner means you have more time to explore Tokyo).
Be creative - do your reports in a nice cafe outdoors, hold group meetings outside school or read your reports in the park.
Being Part of a Class
Understand that everyone is different. Respect everyone for their differences.
When there are issues it is best to resolve it on a class level before escalating it.
You'll elect your student representatives so choose wisely.
Keep your laptop off during lectures, use them only for numbers classes when you will need the spreadsheet.
Phrase questions or comments well, it is better to collaborate then criticize.
Being on time is a sign of respect in Japan and is an expectation.
Spend time with each other when you can, you won't just be classmates, they may be your lifetime friends of business partners.
What you learn/experience outside of the classroom during the MBA program is at least equally important as what you learn in the class so NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!
Being Less Homesick
My 5 Ps:
Bring ingredients for your favorite meal (some items may be hard to find or expensive in Japan) and bring photos and letters from friends.
Build a community of friends around you to be your new family while away.
Write home and set aside time to chat with them.
Stay busy and travel a lot.
Look at the bright side, you get to wake up everyday in Tokyo.
Make friends with your Senpais. They can pass on their winter gear, phones, heaters, printers or wifi units.
Cook your own food and pack meals.
Don't bring too many clothes - closets are small.
There is a hot water kettle and microwave at school - make your own coffee and bring your own lunch.
Consider pooling money together and starting a coffee or tea club at the 3rd floor pantry.
Buy books at the discount bookstore or buy them second-hand at Amazon (you will need to do this early to account for shipping).
No need to buy notebooks but highlighters and folders are useful. Best to get them here in Japan. Go to Daiso, Seria or other 100 yen shops. 3 coin stops are also good too.
If you shop at the supermarket after 8pm most of the food is on sale. Look for the sale sticker.
If you want to read the books in your own language you might want to bring it from home.
You can also read the books in the library. All the required readings are there.
Buy second hand at Craig's list or Sayonara Sales.
Check out websites like Tokyocheapo.com for cheap entertainment ideas.
Large shoe sizes are not available in Japan. Bring them.
Reading Cases and Preparing for Class
Don't google the answer, you are here to learn how to think.
How to study cases:
Read introduction then conclusion, then exhibits, then full case.
Put the case away and try to answer the questions.
Start Day 4 Reports in week 1. Do a little each week up to week 4.
Group work helps you go through case and crack numbers.
As much as possible, read the cases and prepare, it is a sign of respect for those in class.
Take a holiday when you can. When on holiday, relax. Cases will be there when you get back.
Grades are a combination of participation and a report.
Focus on quality not quantity.
Don't attach yourself to a grade, remember it is not a measure of who you are, just your performance at a point in time.
Focus on learning and not getting the grade.
Checking your grades often will drive you crazy, don't do it.
Comparing grades to decipher the curve is futile, let it go.
Eslam Samy & Daniel Pieper
Taking Part Time Classes
Part time classes allow you to learn from new people.
You will need to check with the school to make sure you still have enough units and are not overloaded.
Some classes like Japanese Management or Globalization of Japanese Companies is best when taken part time so you can learn from Japanese executives.
Track your hours!
You are here on a Student Visa.
This means you can work for a max 28 hours per week.
Tell the school if you have part time work, it is part of immigration office agreement.
Know your schedule and work around it for group work.
Develop a dialogue with your boss so that he can make adjustments for last minute schedule changes.
Look at taking more part time classes to free up your schedule.
Upload your workplace report on the portal.
Part Time Work
Career and Student Services
Think about what you want and where you want to be after your MBA.Spend some time reflecting on who you are, what you want and what you don't want.
Knowing yourself will help you highlight your strengths and work on your weaknesses so you get the most out of the program and internship.
Be proactive and communicate with the GLOBIS team. They are here to help you and want to see you do well.
Spend some time getting to know them and sharing your goals with them. Be specific.
2 options: Buy a train pass (use every time) or buy a ticket (single use only)
You can buy a Suica or PASMO Card. It costs 500 yen for deposit, which you can refund. They work for all train terminals.
You can use them to pay for things at the convenient stores or some vending machines
There are 2 types of lines - JR or Metro lines. You can save money by staying on the same line. Check google maps for the cheapest or fastest route.
Once enrolled, you can get a student discount PASMO card by showing your student ID at the station. This means cheaper fares from your house to school and vice versa. You can also enjoy discounts to other stations between those two points.
For getting information about sightseeing next websites provide pretty good content: http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo Timeout Tokyo & http://www.japan-guide.com/ Japan Travel guide
Here's a quick guide to getting a card:
Taking the Train
As you prepare for the next stage of your life, we wanted to give you a few tips to help you get settled into this great big adventure in Tokyo.
Feel free to contact us on Facebook.
Where to Live
Taking the Train
Cellphones, Banks and Insurance
Technology that Helps
Our Student Portal
Reading Cases & Preparing for Class
Being Part of a Class
Taking Part Time Courses
Career & Student Services
Time Management & Staying Healthy
Fun Things To Do
Being Less Homesick
Wake up in Tokyo!
Start contacting the people that may come from the same country and get to know them, make new friends and ask for advice on moving.
Create your own Facebook group and start making friends, you might be able to save money by getting a house with them!
Start your search early!
You can live alone, rent an apartment with classmates or friends or choose to live in a Sharehouse.
A Sharehouse is like a college dorm with shared showers, kitchens and laundry rooms.
Living closer to school means you can sleep in more and this makes it easy to go to group work meetings at school. However if you don't mind the long commute you can discover more of Tokyo by living at further locations.
You'll spend on Key Money, 1-2 months deposit, Fire Insurance and the Agency Fee. For most houses, you'll need a Guarantor. Ask the school for help.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You'll need address before you get to Japan for your student ID, bank, cellphone etc. Trust us, it will make your life so much easier!
Where to Live
5-1 Nibancho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan 102-0084
Check it out now and save the location!
Find the machines
Select English pick buy card
Pay the 500 yen deposit and get the card
Tap the card at the IC terminal
It works on the vending machines too
Live. Learn. Thrive.
Download some help.
Technology that Helps
You will need to know the basics of MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel.
You can use Mac equivalents but the school uses the windows versions more.
Get familiar with your train map app.
There is wifi in the school. You can get the password when you are there.
You can print in school. Otherwise you can print in the convenience stores but go early it can take a while.
Buy or bring your PowerBank and USB.
Tablets give you options for reading cases and eBooks on the train.
Japan Alert (Best)
Tokyo Rail Map + (Best)
Mailbox (For Globis e-mail account)
Offline Maps App
Sushi Reference App
Our Student Portal
Visit the GLOBIS Student Portal. Get familiar with it.
Bookmark it on your phone and laptop.
You'll register your courses, give feedback, download materials, manage your calendar, register for events, check your emails, reserve meeting rooms, join discussion boards and check your grades on it... in other words it is your online campus platform.
Needless to say, don't share your password.
Make friends with this platform so you can manage your schedule and student activities like seminars or networking parties etc.
Have an awareness of what to do and by when
Prioritize, you can't do everything
Know yourself, meaning know how fast you can do things and plan your schedule realistically
Don't compare yourself to other people
Work out at least 3 times a week, 30 minutes, it takes only 2% of your time in a day
Sleep when you can, you'll need it, trust me.
Use templates to save you time for reports and presentations especially for the frameworks used often or the commonly computed financial ratios.
"Find your own answer,
not the right answer..."
"Use the numbers in the case to strengthen your argument. By backing up a statement you make with numbers, it becomes much more meaningful and hard to counter against. I tend to review all the numbers (i.e. Financial Statements) as soon as the case refers to them and then go back to reading."
- Eslam Samy
My two cents.....
Say yes to everything that will fit in your calendar.
Experience the many things Tokyo and Japan has to offer: the sights, the activities, the food -- Harajuku cosplayers, movies in Roppongi, great finds at Hundred Yen Stores, end-of-season sales, shrines, fully automated toilets, sky scrapers and towers, replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the rainbow bridge, Shinkansen, ramen, sushi, Hanami (Cherry blossom viewing), THE CHEESECAKE IN SHIBUYA.
Play in the snow, walk in the rain. Miss your last train and walk home. Miss your last train and wait for the first trip.
Join the all-Japan MBA competition. Sample and consume a lot of Japanese junk food while preparing. Repeat for all group work.
Walk around. Get lost in the city. Make friends.
Get to know your classmates. Debate with them, dream with them, and plan world domination together.
To get the most out of this experience, say yes to everything they offer (if your schedule permits it). There is life outside the classroom.
Apply for the Tokyu program, it is a good springboard into school and Japan. You can meet Senpais and discover Tokyo.
The Corporate Mentorship Team has a lot of programs you can apply for to get first hand experience in Japanese companies like Lixil, Omron, Suntory, Mitsubishi Fuso etc.
Professional seminars allow you to learn outside the classroom, the rates for students are really low so if you have time, join them.
Look forward to the President's session and his lunch to get face time with Hori-san himself.
Save up for the class trip (around 30k yen).
Arrange your own class activities like Thai night, Hiking, trips to theme parks, drinks with professors etc.
Overall, you are here for one full year, make the most of it by living it up!
Tip for girls:
Don't bring your heels, wear flats. The shoes in Japan are more comfortable and you'll be walking a lot! Open toe shoes are not popular.
From our class to yours,
How Customers Think: Essential Insights into the mind of the market.
Harvard Business School Press.
. Niccolo Machiavelli.
How to Win Friends and Influence People.
High Output Management.
Andrew S. Grove.
Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ.
Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap... and others don't.
Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life.
Representative Men of Japan.
Analysis for Financial Management.
10th ed. McGraw-Hill
Some pay, some don't
Factor in transporation costs which can be quite expensive and you can't use your student discounted card.
Level expectations at the start if is a project or do research.
You can also opt to do a business plan as long as you have enough units to graduate.