Every since my first Japanese class in High School, I have wanted to work in Japan. While I was job hunting during university, I went to Sydney and attended “Career in Japan,” a forum for job-seekers with bilingual ability who wish to work in Japan. When I was preparing my resume I wasn't sure if I should aim to work at a large company or not, but as soon as I attended Xware’s information session, I was hooked. Firstly, I thought that Xware’s Smart Menu was an amazing idea that would help many non-Japanese in Japan (particular those with limited Japanese ability). On top of this, I was inspired by the CEO, who personally came all the way to Sydney on the edge of the world to represent his own company.
I attended the University of Queensland, and initially I studied Journalism and Japanese. However, as my interest in foreign language rose, so too did my disinterest in Journalism. In the end, I started studying Korean instead of Journalism.
When I was in my third year, I went on exchange to Shimonoseki, in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the western tip of Honshu. During that time, I also did a one month exchange to Seoul in Korea for a short summer language course. I have keen interest in reading and writing, so during my time at university, most of the subjects I studied focused on translation and literature.
就活をしている学生へ （Message to Current Job-Seekers)
ITに全く関係のないことを勉強した私は、自分の能力が足りるかどうかをものすごく気にしていました。しかし、わかったのは、能力や成績ではなく、その人のやる気が一番重要ということです。たとえ、私と同じようにITのことが詳しく分からないとしても、ITのことを勉強するやる気さえあれば、全然問題ではありません。あとは、英語でよく言われている「Confidence is the key to success」（自信は成功へのカギ）という表現に従ってみて下さい。自分に自信があれば、できることは無限大です。
As I have absolutely no experience in IT, I was incredibly worried as to whether or not my skills would be enough. However, what I have come to realise is that it isn’t about ability or grades, but about personality and attitude. If, for example, you are like me and have no experience in IT, as long as you have the motivation to study hard, there is absolutely no problem. I like to go by the expression confidence is the key to success, and I highly recommend that you try to as well—if you have confidence, the things you can achieve are limitless.