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Same start, different path and vise versa

I met two groups of friends this weekend, friends from university and a friend from work. The unique thing about this weekend was that I didn't go to two different gatherings but the two groups and I actually sat down in a same table. The classmates of my university gathered as one of the classmates was getting married and they were friendly enough to welcome my colleague who just arrived to Tokyo from NY last night to the gathering.

For the former group, we went to same univeristy in Tokyo and were in a same political science intensive seminar three hours a week in our junior and senior year. We have studied the impact of globalization using theories by Anthony Giddens and Antonio Negri.

For the latter, we attended the same analyst program held in NYC two years ago. He was hired in NY and now requested to relocate to HK where he would start a new carreer in real estate investment within a same firm.What was so unique is the fact my friends from university and my friend from work have totally different profiles. They live, think and value uniquely different and I learn so many aspects of life from them.

Most of the classmates are working in different industry yet most are focued on domestic market and society. It is typical that many Japanese students pursue different career after graduation. This is the case for my classmates, too. We, first started as a political science major and now working for national government, investment bank, commercial bank, automobile firm, or studying law or medicine or working as a TV journalist, producer and magazine writer.

A classmate working for Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is now voluntarily in one year training at mayor in Niigata where he was responsible for eigty households under livelihood protection. His experience is uncomparable to that of mine. Unlike the criticisms on bureaucrats, he faces with people who are literally at the lowest standard of living in Japan. He takes all the challenges this rich society faces. So many experiences he went through that I am not entitled to prevail in this blog.

One thing my friend from work got surprised was the fact in Japan, what you major in wasn't so crucial when you decided what you wanted to do for work. For him, he majored in Economics and Finance and it was natural to pursue his career in finance. Well, with such openness the Japanese labor market had, I could enter to where I am with my background. With different start, my friend from work and I ended up getting a job in a same company. On the other hand, although with same start, my friends from university and I ended up doing something totally different.

No matter where we are, we make some decisions, and that impact the next decisions. We will cross each other's life or we may be apart. If we are in a same point, it is wonderful because we can share the same experience, feeling and learn together. If we are apart yet if we keep in touch, it is still valuable because we learn different perspectives of society from others.

So my univerisy friends and I are apart in terms of what we do in life. Apart from the fact a friendship is priceless, we hope to keep in touch like we are now. My colleagues and I are now in a same industry and I hope to have as much impact to each other as possible.

Now in globalization society, our choices are limitless. On top of classical choices like what we want to do, we have to make mind where we want to be. Or maybe in the era of technology, where you are physically isn't so important. Either way, in the era of multi-layered choice makings, it is wonderful that this weekend, my past and present friendship circles crossed together where we could all share time and experience when we have different backgorunds, experiences and feeling.
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by Haruka_Miki | 2007-09-23 00:00 |
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