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Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 12:01
by Isma94
Hello guys! I have received the mail, I'm shortlisted :)

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 12:49
by Audrey
Well... not shortlisted. Good luck for the shortlisted ones ! And if you get selected, make the most of this experience ! :)

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 13:49
by Blacky90
Not shortlisted too! I’m not so lucky :D Good luck to everyone for the final selection! 8-)

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 14:18
by tinaT
Hi! Me too :)
I have a question about the 1st document to send... The signature of acknowledgement refers to the own signature or the University representative's signature?
Thank you very much :D

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 14:44
by Mike95
Well I'm not shortlisted :P.

Congratullations and good luck to those that are shortlisted though. I hope you find the host company that you want :D

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 16:32
by AsiaBergamini94
Yay, I have been short listed!

Is it just me or the suggested company doesn't really suite my studies? I'm currently taking my second cycle degree in computer science, specifically in intelligent system, and they suggested me a company that reserchers new materials for semiconductors XD

Are you also choosing another company, different from the one they suggested?

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 18:03
by ArthurK6
tinaT wrote:Hi! Me too :)
I have a question about the 1st document to send... The signature of acknowledgement refers to the own signature or the University representative's signature?
Thank you very much :D


I believe it refers to University representative, as you have to sign it a row above that.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 19:30
by Mathilde2211
My question might be silly but : as I'm not shortlisted, if I don't do an internship in a Japanese company with vulcanus (I only have done one in a Japanese lab), will my job hunting in Japan be a lot more complicated than if I had done one? I feel really low now :(

I don't know if posting this here is a good idea haha

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 19:54
by Ben
I am in the same situation here.

I think the only barrier is the Japanese language. If you speak Japanese (I mean N3/N2), it will be easier to find a job directly in Japan

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 20:26
by Mathilde2211
Already have a N4 level and keep self studying, hope we'll manage to find one :) still think knowing a Japanese working environment could be an advantage, but I guess I'm only making me feel more depressed haha

will you try next year as well?

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 21:04
by Ben
Unfortunately, this is my last year of studies. Now I have to find an other way to go to Japan !

Wish you the best if you try again next year :)

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 21 Feb 2019, 21:21
by Mathilde2211
Good luck I'm sure you will find one! R
Have you thought about WHV?

Thanks! If next year does not work either, I just try to get a WHV and move there ASAP!

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 22 Feb 2019, 17:49
by gok01
Same here, didn't shortlisted. I'm disappointed tbh, this is my last university year soooo unless I begin another university this was my last chance.
Btw congrats to all shortlisted people :D

Mathilde2211 wrote:Good luck I'm sure you will find one! R
Have you thought about WHV?

Thanks! If next year does not work either, I just try to get a WHV and move there ASAP!


As far as I know my country doen't have WHV with japan, may I ask is there any other option for internship in japan ?

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 23 Feb 2019, 01:15
by Mathilde2211
No idea :(

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 23 Feb 2019, 08:25
by mario_meissner
AsiaBergamini94 wrote:Yay, I have been short listed!

Is it just me or the suggested company doesn't really suite my studies? I'm currently taking my second cycle degree in computer science, specifically in intelligent system, and they suggested me a company that researches new materials for semiconductors XD

Are you also choosing another company, different from the one they suggested?

I would definitely try to change the company. I think you can just choose the company you want in the acknowledgement form, and write the motivation letter for that company. They might have made a mistake when matching you (or they are lacking people to apply for materials research? :o ).

Let us know if it worked!

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 23 Feb 2019, 08:28
by mario_meissner
gok01 wrote:
As far as I know my country doen't have WHV with japan, may I ask is there any other option for internship in japan ?

One option is to do a masters in Japan. As they are trying to internationalize themselves, it's becoming easier to get in. Don't focus solely on the biggest ones since they are hyper competitive though.

Joining grad school in Japan will definitely open a thousand doors for you regarding future internships and other opportunities.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 23 Feb 2019, 20:43
by gok01
Mathilde2211 wrote:No idea :(

Np and thanks for the reply, I hope you will get your chance next year :)

mario_meissner wrote:
gok01 wrote:
As far as I know my country doen't have WHV with japan, may I ask is there any other option for internship in japan ?

One option is to do a masters in Japan. As they are trying to internationalize themselves, it's becoming easier to get in. Don't focus solely on the biggest ones since they are hyper competitive though.

Joining grad school in Japan will definitely open a thousand doors for you regarding future internships and other opportunities.


Ah thanks for the advice, I will look for the opportunities. Hope you will have your placement in vulcanus btw

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 24 Feb 2019, 14:47
by mario_meissner
I sent my motivation letter for the matchmaking, now starts the waiting.
I think other years they sent an email saying that the matching period begins, I hope they do it this year as well!

It's funny how they still did not fix the mistake in the example to name the letter and email. I used 4 dashes.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 24 Feb 2019, 16:04
by AsiaBergamini94
mario_meissner wrote:They might have made a mistake when matching you (or they are lacking people to apply for materials research? :o ).

Let us know if it worked!



I hope not! That seemed a very interesting internship! But if I had been studying materials I would have been very glad to be palced there ! :lol:

Yeah, I'm a bit scared to refuse the internship they porposed but *fingers corssed* I might still have a chance in this other internship

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 24 Feb 2019, 16:21
by hidesagred97
mario_meissner wrote:I sent my motivation letter for the matchmaking, now starts the waiting.
I think other years they sent an email saying that the matching period begins, I hope they do it this year as well!


Yes, they did. They said that it started th 03/15. We received the first round ended the 04/09. The matchmaking procedure ended the 04/25.

mario_meissner wrote:It's funny how they still did not fix the mistake in the example to name the letter and email. I used 4 dashes.

They probably havent changed the file at all.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 24 Feb 2019, 21:30
by MK16
I only used 2 dashes and 2 spaces as in the example. Am I to expect issues with this (-_-)?

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 24 Feb 2019, 21:35
by mario_meissner
People did it in many different ways in previous years as well, I don't think it's a problem.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 25 Feb 2019, 14:19
by filpez
I used the 4 dashes. How are you dealing with the wait?
Day 0 and I'm already dying...

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 25 Feb 2019, 14:44
by hidesagred97
I used 4 dashes also.

@filpez try to focus in other things. Check email and forum daily but try to not spend all day here. You will have plenty of time in April.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 25 Feb 2019, 16:37
by MK16
Easier said than done. I spent a lot of time here today. Also I had to resend my confirmation of studies and keep refreshing the post tracking page, it has still not arrived there :-/

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 16:54
by iaconi
i am shortlisted

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 17:10
by mario_meissner
iaconi wrote:i am shortlisted


Congrats and welcome to the waiting room!
15 days until the matchmaking starts. :cry:

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 17:35
by yez
AsiaBergamini94 wrote:Yay, I have been short listed!

Is it just me or the suggested company doesn't really suite my studies? I'm currently taking my second cycle degree in computer science, specifically in intelligent system, and they suggested me a company that reserchers new materials for semiconductors XD

Are you also choosing another company, different from the one they suggested?


There have been a variety of posts on this in the past (some by myself) - look for that. But the gist: i changed mine back then, because it was not a good match. the other candidates are much more likely to be qualified. feel free to chose another one. you will have more competition, but also much better chance to beat that competition.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 27 Feb 2019, 18:50
by hidesagred97
mario_meissner wrote:15 days until the matchmaking starts. :cry:


That was just an estimated date. It can be sooner or later.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 28 Feb 2019, 09:05
by AsiaBergamini94
yez wrote:There have been a variety of posts on this in the past (some by myself) - look for that. But the gist: i changed mine back then, because it was not a good match. the other candidates are much more likely to be qualified. feel free to chose another one. you will have more competition, but also much better chance to beat that competition.


Yeah, I'm scared about that too... I saw, in other year, that it's more likely to be chosen if you stick with the original recommendation, but I felt like I was less qualified for the reccomendation than the one I choose.

Maybe I'm just stressing too much :lol: :lol:

Tbh it's the first time I apply and I'm also enrolled in the first year of the master degree, so I have at least another try (maybe other 2, if I continue on
spending too much time thinking about Vulcanus that studying for my exams ^^").

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 01 Mar 2019, 13:29
by yez
I wouldn't read too much into it. Obviously, by numbers of other applicants your chances go down by changing the offer you apply for. But its not like they roll a dice (well...sometimes they do maybe...but lets assume not). If it actually matches your background and past experiences, you chances go up...a lot. Compared to something you have no clue about.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 02 Mar 2019, 08:46
by mario_meissner
yez wrote:I wouldn't read too much into it. Obviously, by numbers of other applicants your chances go down by changing the offer you apply for. But its not like they roll a dice (well...sometimes they do maybe...but lets assume not). If it actually matches your background and past experiences, you chances go up...a lot. Compared to something you have no clue about.

Also the fact that, even if they end up taking you at the place they wrongly matched you up with, your experience will likely be sub optimal. I wouldn't enjoy myself researching chemical compounds as a computer scientist (or who knows, I might end up loving it and switching paths xD).

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 05 Mar 2019, 18:53
by mario_meissner
If they follow similar dates to last year, matchmaking will start in just 10 days!

What are you all doing to keep yourselves calm/entertained?

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 05 Mar 2019, 19:02
by hidesagred97
I check the forum everyday. I´m also reading again one of the best blogs about the vulcanus, (at least in Spanish).

But I´m in a emotional rollercoaster, one day I believe that I can receive it and the other I feel that it is impossible. The good thing is that I´m quite busy rigth now with the university, so I hope I wont have time to think about it.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 05 Mar 2019, 19:35
by mario_meissner
hidesagred97 wrote:I check the forum everyday. I´m also reading again one of the best blogs about the vulcanus, (at least in Spanish)..

Could you share the blog? I'd love to read some more about past experiences.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 05 Mar 2019, 19:41
by hidesagred97
This is the blog, it is only in Spanish:
http://arreisinjapan.blogspot.com

You also have older threads from this blog where they made a list:
viewtopic.php?f=114806&t=2297325
viewtopic.php?f=114806&t=2332158

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 05 Mar 2019, 20:46
by ArthurK6
I think I've read everything on this forum, and a couple of blogs :D I think I will try to immerse myself in studies and work, just so time passes faster.
Not alot of active people here since the shortlist though.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 05 Mar 2019, 22:17
by hidesagred97
It´s true. We are quite less than last year. :(

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 10:58
by mario_meissner
hidesagred97 wrote:This is the blog, it is only in Spanish:
http://arreisinjapan.blogspot.com


Thanks! Thankfully I'm Spanish too ;P

hidesagred97 wrote:It´s true. We are quite less than last year.


Why might this be... Can't think of any logical reason. How do people usually find out about the forum anyway? I can't remember how I did xD Probably a google result. We should promote it somehow!!

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 11:03
by hidesagred97
I dont remember how I found about it. Something that "bothers" me is that I cant find anything in Twitter/Instagram. I cant find any recent blog either. About the promotion, what would be nice is that the Vulcanus in Japan team linked it in their page.

In fact, I think I remember them writing something in the forum last year.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 11:07
by mario_meissner
I guess this programme is too small to appear on Twitter discussions. Unless WE talk about it, no-one else will xD.
Adding it to the website would be excellent, since this place is extremely useful for applicants.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 11:24
by ArthurK6
I found the forum on a Google search, when I was thinking about applying. Actually, the whole programme isn't promoted widely (at least in Latvia). I've heard about it only once before, three years ago, when I saw a ViJ poster in my Uni.

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 15:12
by AsiaBergamini94
Yeah, it's true tho... I found the forum while searching on google (I couldn't find ispiration for my motivation letter (funny, isn't it? :lol: ))

I found out about Vulcanus all by myself. I was looking for opportunities in Japan, for studying or working, and I found it on their website. When I asked my university if they had some information or if they could help me in any way, they didn't even know what it was :lol:
Also, when I recived the notice that I was shortlisted, I asked for the relationship office to sign the acknoledgment and they were like "Well, it's the first time something like this ever appened.... but let's us see what you need and we'll do what we can" :lol: :lol:

I think it's a shame that no one talks about it! Not even on instagram, facebook or youtube (well, here there's something but very old and not much "entertaining").

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 15:38
by mario_meissner
The very few videos that there are on YouTube of former Vulcanus participants are completely random and lacking context (like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMSfPX2KRBc). Its hilarious to watch, but I would love to see some better quality videos describing the experience. I'd be up for it if they take me xD

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 07 Mar 2019, 22:20
by AsiaBergamini94
mario_meissner wrote:The very few videos that there are on YouTube of former Vulcanus participants are completely random and lacking context (like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMSfPX2KRBc). Its hilarious to watch, but I would love to see some better quality videos describing the experience. I'd be up for it if they take me xD


I found that video too! Very random XD

I think that I too would be eager to record video and share my experience! I tend to do a lot of videos when I travel by my self.. If I have a chance to spend a year in Japan I would for sure share every little bit of my everyday life :lol: :lol:

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 08 Mar 2019, 11:33
by ArthurK6
Yeah, someone gotta start vlogging Vulcanus :D

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 08 Mar 2019, 15:50
by hidesagred97
Well, I promise that if I´m selected I will do one. Now I only need to be selected xDD

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 09 Mar 2019, 18:35
by yez
mario_meissner wrote:The very few videos that there are on YouTube of former Vulcanus participants are completely random and lacking context (like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMSfPX2KRBc). Its hilarious to watch, but I would love to see some better quality videos describing the experience. I'd be up for it if they take me xD


yoyogi park + strong zero...welcome to gaijin life

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 11 Mar 2019, 08:03
by mario_meissner
That video is already quite old. We should do a 2019 version of it. Seems fun :D

Re: VinJ 19/20 applicants

Posted: 12 Mar 2019, 09:49
by AsiaBergamini94
The waiting is killing me! If they start sending emails the same day as last year is just 3 days before we start reviving the first communication!

I'm still hoping, but I'm not very confident, tbh...