Interview of Trotsenko Philipp
Russia, 25 years old
Position: Developer Company: デジタルサーカス株式会社（Digital Circus, Inc.）
(Joined: 2017-01 through introduction of Jellyfish)
Became interested in Japan before entering university, learnt Japanese after classes during university and passed N2 level. Developed with Drupal in Russian government institute before coming to Japan.
①Why do you like Japan? How did you learn Japanese? Anything you aren’t used to in Japan? Anything different from Russia?
It was about 8 years ago before I entered university when I started to become interested in Japan. I was interested in Japanese animation at first and then felt attracted to several other things as I found out more and more about Japan, such as its safety and how easy it is to live here. I started to learn Japanese after I entered university. At first, I took language classes at a Japanese language school in Russia and then had one-to-one lessons. It’s been one and a half year since I came to Japan, but still I’m not used to using Japanese sometimes. For example, there are situations when I want to say something in Japanese but the words just don’t come out and also some “kanji”(Chinese characters) are not easy to read. Comparing to Russia, I think it’s easier to realize your dreams in Japan as conditions in Russia are more difficult for normal people to realize their dreams.
②How did you find jobs?
When I was still in Russia, I searched for jobs on social media and asked my friends for job information, but I didn’t apply for a lot at that time because I was a regular employee at the government. I just searched for some information at that time.
③How did you know about Jellyfish? Why did you decide to use our service? How was our service?
I saw your job posting on VK (a Russian social media) and every requirement exactly matched with my skills and experience. Also, I wanted to come to Japan, so I decided to apply. Kristina (Jellyfish Consultant) contacted me through mail at first and later we talked via Skype. I went through a Skype interview with the company and got the offer. I’m very thankful because she helped a lot in the process.
④Why did you decide to take on this job? What do you do right now? What do you want to do in the future?
Actually, the only reason I took this job was that it’s in Japan and I wanted to work here but now I really like it and there are a lot of reasons, such as we can work freely, dress freely and I also got a salary raise. I’m using Drupal mostly in my work and I started to develop with it when I graduated from university. I tried to find a job at that time and the first job I got was one that required developing with Drupal at the government. I learned the system after I got the job. Right now, I’m creating various websites. There are interesting parts as well as boring parts in this job. When I first entered my company, Japanese language was a problem. I wanted to say something, but I always couldn’t find the right words and I couldn’t hear what the other person said sometimes. But now I’m really used to it. In the future, I want to establish my own company that involves web development. I might also consider going to America in the future.