BA in Japanese, Sociology with honors, 2013. Certificates in Global Studies and Asian Studies. Boren Scholarship (2011).
Current position: Japanese Product Classification Analyst, HCL America Inc. onsite at Google Pittsburgh since 2016.
Path in Japanese: CIEE Tokyo; Arts and Sciences, Sophia University, Tokyo.
How did you major prepare you for the current position?
The Japanese major not only gave me a solid linguistic foundation, but also made me feel confident operating in the language. The linguistic fluency I developed through the program served as a springboard for my career, and has given me access to unique opportunities I wouldn’t have had without a strong language background. As a product classification analyst working with merchandise sold by Japanese retailers online, my job necessitates a strong understanding of written Japanese and cultural nuances.
BA in Pyschology, Minor in Japanese, Chemistry, and Sociology, 2015. Undergraduate Certificate in Asian Studies.
Current position: Employee at Central Glass Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, focusing on supply chain management activities
Path in Japanese: Junior summer study at CIEE Tokyo, Internship at Central Glass in fifth year, post-graduation employment at Central Glass
How did Japanese prepare you for your current position?
I started studying Japanese at Pitt after gaining an interest in anime and manga in middle school. Pitt's Japanese program has a rigorous focus on studying Japanese grammar and speaking Japanese, and after spending so much time studying Japanese, I was motivated to study abroad and improve my Japanese skills. Dissatisfied with my abilities after studying abroad, I searched for and found the opportunity to intern at Central Glass in Japan, where I was able to learn and apply my Japanese skills further. I liked Central Glass so much I decided to work there after graduation, and now I spend every day in Japan studying Japanese and enjoying the challenge of working in a Japanese company.
MA in East Asian Studies, 2013
Post-graduation: Research Consultant, China Digital Times; Data Analyst, Tumblr; Lecturer, Yale University
Current positions: Data Scientist, Spotify; Research Fellow, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto; Lecturer, Columbia University
Path in Chinese: Summer at Tsinghua (Beijing) > post-graduate Google Policy fellowship
How has your post-Pitt career turn out?
My first post-graduate job was working as a research fellow analyzing Chinese Internet censorship, where I continued to utilize the the language, programming, and statistics background I developed during grad school. From that base, I was eventually able to branch out and also do research on technology, "big data," and digital activism, none of which would've been possible without the mentorship and training that I got from EALL and Pitt.
How did EALL and Pitt prepare you for your current position?
I was incredibly fortunate to be afforded the time and resources during my Masters program at Pitt to study Chinese language and politics. My EALL professors were top-notch, and the wonderful administrators within IDMA worked tirelessly with me so I could attend a world-class language program in Beijing. These skills were essential when it came to writing my first book, which required me to read and translate Chinese social media posts.