Will of Steel

“I’ve been a carer pretty much my whole adult life. I practically raised my sister until she moved out last year. I also looked after my mother, who had mental health issues which eventually took her life. Dealing with that and bringing up a child in London, emotionally and financially, certainly made me into the resilient person that I am today. It’s just something I’ve had to be. So I got a graduate job in the banking division of a Japanese automaker, in financial services. They hired me even though I dropped out of university and they even let me train older and more qualified people. This year I decided to head back to Japan. I was born here but moved to the U.K. when I was a kid. Now I’m looking for work whilst rediscovering my heritage. Being half Japanese, half English, it makes sense to me to live in both cultures and be an active, contributing member of both societies. Although I wish the job market here was more receptive to the idea of hiring someone with experience instead of a degree. I know I can offer something valuable that a fresh graduate can’t. Guess I’ll have to prove that I’m capable.”

In front of Ebisu station


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