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Interview of Marti Floriach Pigem

Marti Floriach Pigem


Spain, 27 years old
Position: Full Stack Developer
Company: 株式会社ISAO
(Joined: 2018-04 through introduction of Jellyfish)
Programming skills:Python (Django Framework), Ruby (Ruby on rails), Java (Play2 Framework), HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS and ReactJS

A New IT graduate, did an internship in university and developed various projects as an assistant to professor. Studied Japanese on his own during university and passed N2 level immediately after graduation. Came to Japan 2 years ago and developed projects from Netherlands as a freelancer whilst studying at a Japanese language school.

Experience:
Education:
Japanese Language School (2016-10~2018-04)
Master’s degree in Applied Telecommunications and Engineering Management (2015-08~2016-7)
Educational Institution: Polytechnic University of Catalonia
Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Systems Engineering (2010-08~2015-3)
Educational Institution: Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Work experience:
Python Freelancing Engineer (2017-01〜2017-11)

①What interested you most before you came to Japan? Is there anything you are not used to in Japan? Anything different from your own country? What do you like in Japan?

When I was in high school, I travelled around Japan with my parents for one month. We went to Osaka, Tokyo and lots of other places in Japan. That’s when I became interested in Japan because I liked the atmosphere here. The following year when I entered university, I had IT as my major and I began learning Japanese by myself. I passed the Japanese N2 level immediately after graduating from university. The reason why I decided to come to Japan was that my girlfriend was Japanese and she was in Japan at that time. This September, I will have been in Japan for two years. If there’s anything I’m still not used to in Japan, I’d say people. Because for most people in Japan, what they think and say is totally different. That’s something I’m not used to, because I’m the kind of person who says things directly. Also, it’s harder to make friends with Japanese people. For example, in Japan, when they meet someone for the first time and talk, the next day when they see each other they will just simply make a short greeting. But in Spain, if you talk with someone for the first time, the next day you can still have a good conversation with him/her. We become friends easily in Europe. What I like most about Japan is its food, especially yakiniku (grilled meat), which is really expensive.

②How did you find jobs? How many jobs did you apply for? Anything interesting in those interviews?

When I was in a Japanese language school, there were several job events on campus. I went to a few and got advice from people there. I applied for nine companies then and got replies from two. There was one embarrassing thing that happened during those interviews. You know that there are telephones in front of offices and you have to use the telephone to let people know that you’ve arrived, which is totally different from Spain. We don’t have those telephones, but there are usually people one has to talk to at the reception. Therefore, the first time when I went to an interview, I just waited there until someone came and asked me why I was waiting. It was a little embarrassing.

③ Why did you decide to use Jellyfish? How was Jellyfish?

When I was looking for a job, I received a scout mail from Ema (Jellyfish Consultant). She sent me the message in English, which was different from other Japanese companies. It’s easier to understand English because Japanese scout mails usually use honorific words. When I first met Ema, I thought that she was very bright and interesting, which is totally different from other consultants in Japan. Other consultants I’ve met before were too serious. But Ema was weird, funny, very interesting so I wanted to use the service. Also, for consultants, if they successfully introduce me to companies, they will receive benefits. We all know about it, but some consultants were too direct and treated me like something without feelings. Ema was very kind and I was happy to talk with her.

④Why did you decide to join this company? What do you do right now? Is there any inconvenience because of Japanese language? What do you want to do in the future?

The reason why I decided to join was that projects seemed really interesting and the atmosphere seemed really good. When I was at the first interview, it was not like a interview, but more like a conversation between friends. It was really interesting. I’m working as a full stack developer right now and I use different programming languages, such as python, ruby, php, html, JavaScript etc. The new language I learned after I joined the company is PHP. What’s really interesting about this job is that I can think of ideas on my own and decide how to develop each project. There are various projects in the company and when I receive a project, I can also decide to either take it or not. We also have free one-to-one English courses, which we can do ourselves. I’m taking the class right now because I want to improve my English. As for Japanese language, they usually use honorific words and some specific words which can only be understood after you have worked there for a few years. This is something difficult, as this is often not taught in schools. Sometimes when I receive mails from customers, there are some kanji (Chinese characters used in Japanese) which I can’t read so I have to ask people around. There are some business manners in mail which are also difficult for me . I usually don’t know when to close a conversation as they use lots of different forms of “よろしくお願いします”(looking forward to something, thank you in advance, best regards etc.). I hope to accumulate my experience as an engineer and also improve my English in the long run.

Interview Date:2018.6.22