Career Development Program

What Is Career Development Education?

Tokyo Tech students are expected to think about what area of expertise they wish to pursue through their specialized studies, and what they should live for while studying the broad field of liberal arts. Further, career development education offers an opportunity to think how they should live and to gain the necessary skills.

Our graduate students are naturally expected to become resourceful leaders in science and engineering fields. We offer various career development programs to our master's, doctoral, and professional master's students to inspire them to think proactively about their future careers.

The career development courses that we offer include, but are not limited to: lectures to encourage students to think about career design; internships; career development sessions by diverse lecturers such as businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and people engaged in nonprofit activities; educational experiences; research practice at other institutions; and management practice. The Innovator and Inventor Development Platform (IIDP) will implement courses for all Tokyo Tech graduate students. Courses specific to a student's chosen field of study will be offered in cooperation with relevant Schools.

For Master's and Professional Master's Students

There are courses designed for graduate students who are expected to become competitive talent in the fields of science and engineering to develop a basic "career mindset" and learn certain methodologies, etc. The courses feature content that will help students planning to work immediately after graduation as well as those planning to enter doctoral degree programs.

Knowledge and Abilities Expected of Master's Students (Graduate Attributes)
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You will be able to delineate your career plan clearly and recognize the skills necessary to materialize that plan, taking into account its relation to society.
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You will be able to understand academic integrity, utilize your own expertise for the development of academia and technology, and work with others with different expertise to contribute to problem-solving.

For Doctoral Students

Students who advance to doctoral degree programs must choose one of the following programs based on their career paths. (Note: Students in the Leading Graduate School Program, etc. are not eligible to join either program.)

Academic Leader Program

The Academic Leader Program (ALP) helps students planning on a career in academia (such as at a university) to develop the ability to grasp the true nature of phenomena and master the secret of learning and lead the pioneering of a new academic discipline or research area. Students will also acquire the leadership abilities needed to contribute to society by developing younger talent.

Knowledge and Abilities That ALP Students Are Expected to Have
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You will be able to precisely define your own career plan and train yourself to acquire the skills required for attaining your goals in academia.
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You will be able to ascertain the true nature of phenomena, master the secret of learning, and lead the vanguard of a new academic discipline or research area.
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You will be able to understand the position of academia in society as well as the notion of responsible conduct of research, and adequately explain academic progress to members of society, who are our stakeholders.
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With the understanding of the social roles and responsibilities of researchers, you will be able to nurture next-generation experts in educational institutions, instilling in them an interest in academia and enabling them to later join in the pioneering of new academic disciplines or research areas.

Visit the following page for details about the Academic Leader Program.

Productive Leader Program

The Productive Leader Program (PLP) helps students planning on a career in the private sector and elsewhere to develop the ability to appropriately apply science and technology to advance industry and society. Students will cultivate the abilities needed to contribute to society by leading creative endeavors with an accurate grasp of society's needs.

Knowledge and Abilities That PLP Students Are Expected to Have
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You will be able to precisely plot your own career plan and train yourself to acquire the skills required for attaining your goals in industry, etc.
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You will be able to precisely grasp the needs of society and detect its problems, comprehend relevant laws, regulations, or guidelines for responsible conduct of research, and lead future developments in science and technology.
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While leading teams consisting of members with varied specialties and value systems, you will be able to create products and enterprises that bring forth new values in society.
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With the understanding of the social roles and responsibilities of engineers, you will be able to nurture next-generation experts through the project, enabling them to help drive future development of society and industry.

Visit the following page for details about the Productive Leader Program.

IIDP Career Development Courses

There are mainly two types of career development courses: those designed by each department specifically for their own students, and those designed by the IIDP that are open to all graduate students. In addition, the Department of Innovation Science and the Department of Technology and Innovation Management offer career development courses that any graduate student can take as long as places are available (although priority is given to students enrolled in the relevant department).

Visit the following page for a complete list of all career development courses offered:

Visit the following pages for the list of all career development courses offered by the IIDP as well as introductions from their instructors.

【2020.09.17】 Draft Timetable of Master's-Level Career Development Courses for fall semester (in Japanese only).pdf

【2020.09.18】 Draft Timetable of Doctoral-Level Career Development Courses for fall semester (in Japanese only).pdf

【2020.09.17】 Instructors (Part-Time Lecturers) of Career Development Courses for fall semester (in Japanese only).pdf

For details on each career development course, please see the detailed pages for each major listed under “III Curriculum of Graduate Majors” in the Graduate School Study Guide on the following site:

News and Announcements

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2020.03.23

Please access the announcement page for more career support information for current students.

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Innovator and Inventor Development and Matching System

The Innovator and Inventor Development and Matching System (IDM) is an online internship matching system operated by C-ENGINE* and is intended to promote information sharing and talent exchanges between member universities and member companies that provide internship opportunities. The goal of the IDM is to provide science and engineering students with high-quality research internships and to energize research internships as a whole.

*C-ENGINE, or Collaborative Education for Next-Generation INnovators & Exploration of knowledge intersections, is an industry-academia initiative to promote innovative talent development.

By participating in research internships, students can learn the planning, time management, and research management skills and knowledge they need to achieve goals. In addition, the experience of collaborating with people with advanced knowledge from a wide range of fields and encountering new worlds and knowledge can broaden students' horizons and make them aware of the transferable skills they need. The skills that students gain in these internships will serve them well in their careers in industry or academia.

The IDM lists no fewer than two hundred research themes at any given time. Browsing IDM research themes requires an IDM account. You can register an account on the following page. Please send any inquiries about the IDM to the IIDP Office.

Integrated Doctoral Education Program

This program is designed to produce talented individuals capable of contributing to the advancement of society and industry.

For inquiries, please contact:

Innovator and Inventor Development Platform (IIDP)

Email: iidpinfo@jim.titech.ac.jp