"May I speak to Mr. Lam?"
"JAC Singapore no Aoki to moushimasu, konnichiwa."
Well, i got a last minute call from the recruitment company on Monday and was informed that there were some Japanese speaking positions i could go for interviews. So i went to Singapore the next morning. I got offers from JGC Corporation, Shimizu Corporation and Tanaka Electronic Singapore with the position of Engineer, Site Engineer, and Sales Executive/Assistant Manager respectively.
JGC is Japan`s first and top engineering contractor involved in the field of oil and gas development, energy plants and petroleum refining. Need to give them my reply by next week. Training in Yokohama will be provided. After that, will be based in Middle East for at least 6 months for the plant projects.
While Shimizu is a leading multi-national company that expertise in construction and architecture. The position they offered was not the cup of my tea. And the basic salary also not that attractive for a fresh Japanese graduate.
Tanaka is seeking a Japanese speaking graduate who willing to travel to UK, USA, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Lots of allowances are given but i guess everyone could handle this job as long as he/she could speak Japanese. No challenge.
Alright, the interviews above were all done in Japanese. I however was well prepared with the English script i had practised several times. I once went blank when the HR lady said i gotta speak Japanese but luckily i was used to introduce myself whenever i went to the primary schools in Higashi Hiroshima City, thus, it wasnt a problem at all. Nevertheless, i was getting better questions after questions.
Anyhow i have to make up my mind by next Friday. And my mind keep telling me i would be most probably engaged by JGC. Although i wont be able to base in Singapore, training and experience in Japan and Middle East respectively would become my priceless asset couple of years later. Furthermore, JGC is one very potential stepping stone to get a yummy salary when i switch to another multi-national construction company in the future. I just need to check what are the benefits i would be given.