Takashi Wada, LDS Church director for temporal affairs in the Asia North Area, encouraged students from the Asia North Area to consider working for the church at the BYU-Hawaii Management Society Club on Sept. 28.
A former CEO of Universal Studios Japan, Wada said the key to success for BYUH students is to make themselves stand out by thinking “beyond a college degree [and] considering how far you can go. For every job there are multiple people that want in, but there is only one opening.
“To be selected for the job, you have to differentiate yourself by getting more degrees, certificates, and work experience. If you are the same as everyone else, you won’t be chosen. You have to be unique.”
To prepare for a career, Wada advised, “While studying here, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you just need to graduate and find a job. But visualize your future and a career that will benefit you and your family in all aspects of your lives, including spiritually.”
Of his own experience of working for the church, Wada explained, “Employment in the church is not a calling, but it is more than a job.” He said the difference is huge.
When working for a company, Wada said your goal is to have financial gain. He said your objective is to build the kingdom of God and the church is constantly looking for experienced worthy young people willing to do that.
Koshin Kitagaki, a sophomore in human resources from Japan, explained how Wada’s comments reaffirmed to him his desire to contribute to his own country, and establish the kingdom of God, no matter what career path he chooses.
“God cares about our careers and wants us to be in harmony with him. If I choose to follow him, he will guide me to the right career choice,” said Kitagaki.
Jenesse Tsuchiya, a senior in hospitality and tourism management from Kentucky and director of the program’s committee in the BYUH Management Society, explained how Wada’s remarks fall perfectly in line with the purpose of the society, which is “to develop moral and ethical leadership around the world” and help students to become leaders.
Tsuchiya said, “The Management Society is the perfect club to join as a student because no matter what you do it helps you. As a result, our club connects students to a wealth of opportunities for future careers and networking.”
BYUH has students from all over the world who need opportunities to meet and network with professionals from their countries, explained Tsuchiya. “Unfortunately, most of the time the professionals that are able to come to BYU-Hawaii are almost always American.”
To solve this issue, the Management Society strives to increase the number of opportunities for students to network in their own countries by setting up Skype calls with professionals from around the world to speak to students.