A genuine global leader
As almost all lectures contained discussions and presentations, they encouraged me to acquire not only an advanced level of English, but also critical thinking skills. These skills help me to face challenges and confront new things in my career.
Learning experience at GIS
At GIS, you can both explore various courses and pursue your interests. The learning experience definitely prepares you for the future because it enriches your knowledge and shapes your perspective. Critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills I developed though everyday classes are essential as I now work as a consultant.
What I gained from a GIS education
The 4 years of English education through GIS’s “immersion program” provided me with a variety of skills. In particular, I would like to mention one crucial skill I regularly implement in my current business setting: how to “Think Like Locals.”
I’m currently working at AIG (American International Group) which operates over 80 countries and jurisdictions around the globe. As we operate multi-nationally, we encounter plenty of situations where we deal with people and companies from different cultures.
I’m in charge of sales and marketing for multinational financial products that cover the risks which could occur abroad. These include overseas product liability, director and officer liability, and cyber attacking risks. By taking charge of this kind of role, I have had many chances to meet with executives from all over the world who do cross border business in Japan.
Accordingly, there are many times I encounter different kinds of business rules and customs, including those from the United States, China, and many other countries in the Asia-Pacific. The English-only education at GIS provided me with the experience and confidence to engage with such diversity because I was already accustomed to it at GIS. Because of this, I have been able to solve all the issues that my clients and colleagues have had, no matter how complicated the situations were.
Great place to pursue your own study
International relations and sociology courses were tough going, but developed in me good knowledge of these fields. What I learned in GIS inspired me to pursue my research in the UK on international development and the how to include socially vulnerable people into the development process.