Philipp Voulgaris, MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, 2009-2010
Senior Manager - Head of Sales Planning, Order Management, Governance & Processes, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation/Daimler Trucks Asia
After graduating from the MSc Modern Japanese Studies Programme at the Nissan Institute in October 2010, I decided to work in Japan for a few years to utilize my Japanese as well as my business skills. In 2011, I joined a German/Japanese automotive company located in the Tokyo/Kanagawa area. Being able to converse fluently in Japanese and having an in-depth understanding of Japanese culture and practices has definitely supported my everyday work performance here in Japan. The language training as well as the "Oxford thinking" one adopts while studying at the Nissan Institute have become invaluable assets for me personally and in my career development; and both, I feel, are also highly appreciated by my co-workers.
As a next step, after a few years in Japan, I may opt for new opportunities/locations within the company and/or will aim towards an additional degree (PhD or MBA) in parallel to my employment. No matter what path I choose to take, Japanese and Japanese business relations will certainly continue to play a major role in my future, and I believe the skill-set & network acquired by having studied at the Nissan Institute in Oxford will help me along the way.
I can highly recommend the programme to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the field of Asia/Japan, whether in academia or elsewhere. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to join the programme and the university; it was a great experience.