University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1135
Survey Title Survey on University Students' Job-Hunting Activities regarding the Delayed Start in Job Hunt and Recruitment Activities, 2015
Depositor Director General for Economic Policy Planning, Cabinet Office
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Summary From the perspective of securing more study time and promoting study abroad and so on for students scheduled to graduate from universities in the 2015 academic year, the government asked relevant organizations to begin promotional/PR activities for employee recruitment no earlier than March 1, just before the start of the last year in university before graduation/completion of studies, and the selection process after August 1 of the same year.

This survey was carried out with the purpose of clarifying (1) Student awareness and behavior associated with a delayed start in job-hunting and recruitment activities, and (2) awareness and behavior regarding job-hunting and recruitment selection activities of students scheduled to graduate/complete studies in the 2015 academic year, the first year of the delayed start in job-hunting and recruitment activities.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe University students from approximately 60 universities in Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Number of valid responses: 4,854 people
Undergraduate students: 510 first-year students, 527 second-year students, 673 third-year students, and 1,983 fourth-year students
Master’s (early-stage doctoral) students: 534 first-year students and 627 second-year students
Date of Collection The homepage for the survey was open from October 9 to November 6, 2015.
Time Period
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection Considering aspects such as region, founding entity, scale, etc. approximately 60 universities throughout Japan were selected. Taking into account a balance of gender and humanities and sciences courses, first- to fourth-year undergraduate students and first- and second-year master’s students (early-stage doctoral students) were asked to complete the questionnaire. Each student accessed the homepage opened for this survey to fill out the questionnaire.
Investigator Director General for Economic Policy Planning, Cabinet Office; Hamagin Research Institute
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Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Major Survey Items [Face items]
Age, gender, name of the university/graduate school, national/public/private institution,university/graduate school location, experience of entering the workforce, major, year in school

[Questionnaire items]
(1) Awareness and activities of job hunting in general, planned path
Planned path after graduating from university/graduate school, Internship experience (experience, number of days, period of participation), schedule for job-hunting activities, whether engaging in job-hunting, opinion concerning employer, worries about job-hunting, industry of desired employer (only for fourth-year university students and second-year master’s students [early stage doctoral students])

(2) Student awareness of a “delayed start to job-hunting activities”
Perception of “delayed start to job-hunting activities,” utilization of the “period caused by the delayed start,” positive effects of and worries about a “delayed start to job-hunting activities,” awareness of challenges, effect of a “delayed start to job-hunting activities” on overseas study, things respondent wants the university/graduate school to improve with respect to a “delayed start to job-hunting activities”

(3) Details of job-hunting activity, period, and status, state of early unofficial job offers
Whether respondent has received early unofficial job offers (timing, size of the company that offered it, industry), timing of the first early unofficial job offer received, timing of receiving an early unofficial job offer from the company respondent intends to work for, size and industry of the company that offered the first early unofficial job offer, size and industry of the company that respondent intends to work for, timing of declining early unofficial job offers except for the company respondent intends to work for, period when respondent began analysis of industry and companies, participation in company information meetings and seminars (period (first/last), peak, number of companies), submission of entry sheets (period (first/last), peak, number submitted), situation regarding taking job interviews (period (first/last), peak, number of companies interviewed with), job interview schedule with the company of the first-choice, start and end period of job-hunting activity

(4) Relationship between a “delayed start to job-hunting activities” and state of studies, etc.
State of securing time for study, whether or not respondent has studied abroad, start and length of study abroad

(5) Regarding challenges related to a “delayed start to job-hunting activities”
job-seeking activity during “cool biz,” participation in university/department seminars, whether respondent felt in the job interview that academic performance was important in the selection process, act of harassment (existence of harassment, details, time period, person consulted), adjustments and consideration for academic schedule, feeling of sufficiency concerning information on job-hunting schedule
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