外国人エンジニア採用ならIT JOBs in Japanへ
IT JOBs in Japan

IT JOBs in Japan » 代表者コラム » 3 patterns of Career paths to start working in Japan as a engineer

3 patterns of Career paths to start working in Japan as a engineer

2024年04月28日 公開

執筆・監修:村元康太郎
JOBs Japan株式会社 代表。大手ソフトウェア開発企業の営業・マーケティング部門にて4年間従事した後、日本語オンラインスクールやIT JOBs in Japanを創業。
1000人以上の外国人に対して日本語学習サポートや、世界15カ国出身・100人以上のITエンジニアの転職支援など豊富な実績を持つ。


Thank you very much for the numerous DMs for finding job in Japan as a engineer.

I received a good question among today's DMs, so I'd like to share it with everyone. The question I received today is as follows:

"I am currently living abroad, gaining experience as a Software Developer through internships in my home country 3 months. What career paths are available to work in Japan?"

Regarding this, I would like to analyze the career paths of various engineers working in Japan and divide them into three patterns.

1. Working at SES or Sier companies


⇨ This seems to be the most common career path. SES and Sier companies do not develop products themselves but undertake development tasks from clients. The difference between SES and Sier is challenging to strictly define, but SES often involves dispatching employees to client companies, while Sier tends to undertake entire projects and develop them with their in-house team members. Typically, at least one year of development experience and Japanese language proficiency of N2 or above are required. Although the Japanese language level is high, the demand for high technical skills is not as critical. Therefore, for junior-level engineers starting their careers in Japan, this is a relatively low-difficulty career path.


2. Working at in-house development companies


⇨ This is aimed at high-skill engineers. It is not always the case, but it seems that at least five years of engineering experience is necessary. Companies looking for engineers with tech skills such as development experience in modern languages like Go or experience in DevOps often have lower Japanese language requirements. However, due to the lower Japanese language requirements, many highly skilled engineers from overseas apply, making the competition quite challenging.


3. Working at the Japanese branch of a foreign company


⇨ Similar to option 1, but here, English proficiency alone is often sufficient, and the development experience requirements are not as strict compared to in-house development companies. Therefore, there are more competitors, and the difficulty of employment is relatively high. Many people working for foreign companies usually conduct their work in English, so it is common for them to transition to another foreign company when changing jobs.

There are various other career paths, but this time, I analyzed the patterns of major career paths in my own way. We can provide job support for options 1 and 2, so if you feel it matches your situation, please feel free to contact us.

Regardless of the career path you choose, I am delighted that many people are considering working in Japan from a foreign country.

We support everyone's bright careers.

Than you for reading.

資料ダウンロード

IT JOB in Japan の人材紹介サービスの内容についてご紹介しております。
これまでの人材のご紹介実績、ご紹介可能なIT人材の登録者データベース(国籍、年齢、スキル、年収)についても掲載しております。

    会社名 *

    お名前 *

    メールアドレス *


    お気軽にお問い合わせください