A Career That You Won’t Regret: The Reality and Challenges of Regular and De-normalized Employment”

In recent years, there is a growing trend toward de-normalized employment in Japan. Whether it be contract or freelance work, it may affect your future career path. Let us learn more about the differences between the status of regular and de-normalized workers, to avoid any regrets after you have joined the workforce.
Currently, there are some signs of improvement in the problem of male-female wage discrepancy, but the gap is widening in terms of the treatment of regular and de-normalized employees. In addition, part-time, temporary, or contract employment is on the rise and now encompasses more than half of the total female work population. On the other hand, the advertisements of temporary-employment companies promote contract employment as “the type of work that emphasizes an individual’s skills, values and lifestyle balance.”
Guest speakers Ms. Midori Ito and Ms. Toyomi Fujii from Women’s Union Tokyo, will discuss the recent changes in work conditions and the reality of different employment options today. We invite your active participation so as to help determine the best working style for your future career.

The ICU Placement Office support students in career building and job seeking. Since 2005, CGS has co-hosted an annual lecture program with the ICU Placement Office. The first lecture, held on October 21, 2005, was given by two guest speakers: Ms. Katsumi Nishimura, one of the plaintiffs in the gender pay discrimination case against Sumitomo Denkō (Sumitomo Electric Industries), and Ms. Mitsuko Miyachi who headed the counsel for the plaintiff. They looked back on the events leading up to the case being taken to court and how they achieved a reconciliation that was almost equivalent to a victory.

Date: Friday, September 29, 2006.
Time: 12:50-15:00 + Q&A Session
Place: Room H315, Main Building, International Christian University
Map: Access, Campus Map
Language: Japanese (Simultaneous translation not available)
Co-hosted by: ICU Placement Office, ICU Center for Gender Studies, The 21st Century COE Program