The following is a conversation between Satoshi and I about college and jobs in Japan.
K: When you went to college, did you know what you would major in? I didn't.
S: We have to apply to the department that we want to graduate from before entering college.
K: What if you want to change?
S: You can't.
K: So, when you were in college, how early or when did you start looking for a job?
Not to work at while going to school, a job that you would work at after graduating from college. Me, I started looking after I graduated.
S: In my 3rd year of college. Now, it seems they start in their 2nd year of college.
K: You just started college and you are looking for a job??
What if after graduating, the company that said they would hire you isn't what you thought?
S: You can't change your mind because most times you have already declined other offers.
K: Or, what if the company that said they would hire you decides that they don't want you.
S: You are screwed because most times you have already declined other offers.
K: So, what if you didn't want to go to college right after high school?
S: That usually doesn't happen in Japan. Everyone goes at the same time and gets out at the same time.
K: So, you never have people taking longer than 4 years?
S: Usually, no. Only people who didn't pass the exam on their first try will be a year or two behind their age group.
K: Isn't it kind of boring that there aren't different age groups in your class to share their experiences?
S: I dunno, I never went to class. I was always playing baseball.