University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1191
Survey Title Survey on Timing of Students' Job-Hunting Activities, 2017
Depositor Director General for Economic Policy Planning, Cabinet Office
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Summary This survey was carried out for the purpose of contributing to the smooth execution of job-hunting and recruitment activities from the next academic year onward by clarifying job-hunting and recruitment selection activity awareness and behavior of students scheduled to graduate from universities in the 2017 academic year.
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: 9,873
Fourth-year undergraduate students: 7,181
Second-year master’s (early-stage doctoral) students: 2,692
Date of Collection 2017/07/12 – 08/10
Time Period
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection Approximately 60 universities throughout Japan were selected, taking into account location, founding entity, scale, etc. Fourth-year undergraduate students and second-year master’s students (early-stage doctoral students) from each university were asked to take part in the survey. Students accessed and responded to the survey questionnaire website, which was made available on the Internet. Students were made aware that medical, pharmaceutical, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary students, as well as international students, were not included in the target group for the survey.
Investigator Director General for Economic Policy Planning, Cabinet Office, survey carried out by Hamagin Research Institute
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Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
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Documentation Questionnaire 】 【 Frequency Table
Major Survey Items [Face items]
Age, gender, year in school, national/public/private institution, name of the university/graduate school, university/graduate school location, place of birth, major

[Questionnaire items]
(1) Awareness of and preparation for job hunting
Whether engaging in job hunting, planned path after graduating from university/graduate school, desired industry of future employer, important aspects to consider when choosing an employer, main areas of job hunting

(2) Student awareness of change of the period of job-hunting activity compared with previous year
Level of awareness regarding job-hunting and recruitment period, channels for obtaining information regarding the period change (television, recruitment company), time period of obtaining information, awareness of influence

(3) Details of job-hunting activity (period/status, state of early unofficial job offers)
Activity before the start of promotional/PR activities by companies, 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, route to recruitment examinations and interviews, etc., whether respondent has received early unofficial job offers (period, company size, industry), timing/company size/industry of the first early unofficial job offer received, size and industry of the company that respondent intends to work for, start and end period of job-hunting activity, internship experience (whether experienced, number of days, shortest/longest experience, period of participation)

(4) Relationship between job-hunting activity and academic performance, consideration by companies, etc.
State of securing time for study, whether or not respondent has submitted course history (transcript), selection process emphasizing academic performance, consideration in setting job-hunting activity schedule and time period, consideration for job-hunting activity in distant locations, job-seeking activity during “cool biz,” effect to a plan to study abroad, etc., consideration for students with experience of studying abroad, effect to scheduled teaching practicum etc., consideration for those undergoing a teaching practicum, harassment and similar behavior (existence of harassment, details, time period, person consulted)
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