1-6 Sophia University Career options

1-6-1 Undergraduate career option trends

In AY2021, Sophia University was able to grasp the career path of graduates at a high rate of 99.0%. As in the previous year, the spread of COVID-19 has greatly affected the job hunting activities of students, but the impact on the recruitment of new graduates by companies is expected to be limited, and the career paths of Sophia graduates remain solid in both humanities and science.

Faculties (Humanities): Faculties other than the Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculties (Sciences): Faculty of Science and Technology

1-6-2 Employment trends by industry by Faculty

Affected by the suspension and restraint of hiring due to the impact of COVID-19, the number of graduates who find a job in “Transportation and Mail,” including the aviation industry, decreased as in the previous year. On the other hand, “Manufacturing” and “Wholesale and Retail” turned to increase slightly, and “Telecommunications” showed an increasing trend year by year. In addition, “Public Services” remained almost unchanged, and other sectors did not change significantly. By faculty, a high percentage of graduates of the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Economics, and the Faculty of Foreign Studies found jobs in “Finance,” graduates of the Faculty of Foreign Studies in “Manufacturing,” graduates of the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Humanities, and the Faculty of Foreign Studies in “Telecommunications,” and graduates of the Faculty of Law in “Public service.”

Moreover, the service industry, medical and welfare services, electricity and gas services and other services are classified under “Other Industries.” The reason why many graduates of the Faculty of Human Sciences found jobs in “Other Industries” is that most graduates of the Department of Nursing take employment in the medical service sector.

1-6-3 Graduate career option trends

The willingness of companies to hire graduate students is maintained as undergraduate students, and there is no major change in the career paths of graduate students in both the humanities and sciences. Please note, “Others” includes preparations for study abroad, for certification exams, continuation of job search activities, overseas travel and part-time jobs.

Graduate schools: Humanities (predoctoral and master’s programs other than Science and Technology)
Graduate schools: Sciences (predoctoral program in science and technology)

1-6-4 Successful candidates of National Public Employee Recruitment Examinations

No significant change can be observed in the overall number of successful examinees during the last 10 years until AY2021. Sophia University has produced successful Certified Nurse and Public Health Nurse examinees from AY2014, when the Department of Nursing was completed.
Statistics for the national exams for Certified Midwives have been accumulated since AY2016, when its first group of enrollees completed the Course of Midwifery.

1-6-5 Employment in companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Many students who were hired by private enterprises were employed by companies listed on the former Tokyo Stock Exchange, with 32% of undergraduate students with humanities degrees and 40.4% of undergraduate students with science degrees. Although the number of undergraduate students with humanities degrees has increased slightly and those with science degrees have decreased from the previous year, a certain number of students continue to enter companies listed on the former Tokyo Stock Exchange. The ratio was higher (51.4%) for graduate students with science degrees than undergraduate students, but it has been on a downward trend over the past five years.

1-6-6 Satisfaction with career decisions

The level of satisfaction with career decisions was asked as an optional question on the career decision questionnaire but has been asked as a mandatory question from 2020. 83.8% of undergraduates and 78.3% of graduates responded that they were “satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with their career decision, indicating that overall satisfaction was higher than last year, but decreased over the years. Presumed reasons are the narrowing of career choices for students aiming for a specific industry (aviation, travel, etc.) due to the impact of COVID-19 and the increase in the collection rate as a result of making this item a mandatory question.

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