Anna is a Japanese who was born and raised in Thailand, but later moved to California, and then Japan to finish her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Anna understands what it is like to be an intern in Japan and loves to help and connect people from overseas to the unique and different but beautiful aspects of the Japanese culture.
What is your favorite travel memory?
It is hard to pin down on travel memory because I have been traveling since I was born (my first plane ride was when I was 1 month old)! Every year, I ride at least 10 planes on average and will take any chance to go for a road trip on weekends.
The most recent and most beautiful place I have travelled to was Banff, Canada. I did a week-long road trip with my best friend who lived in Kelowna, and we drove across the beautiful landscapes of Canada. I will never forget the deep colors of the nature that I saw during that trip.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Even though I just joined the company, I have learned so much already. I get to different kinds of companies all around Tokyo on a daily basis and direct interns who are on the program. There is not a single day where I do the exact same thing. Everyday, there is a new task and an unforeseen challenge that I have to handle.
With each new task and challenge, I have learned that there is no right answer. You have to take all that you know, give it your all, and then the solution or results will follow through.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
This is still my first program, and I have not yet heard from a return student, but I know that I will hear great stories from some of them already. The connections I have made and the ways some of the interns are succeeding is incredible. I love hearing how they have been progressing each week and even if some of them hit a challenge, their mindset towards the challenges helps me see how successful they will be in the future.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
All of our programs are amazing, and I know that each one of them has their own unique touch. It makes it hard for me choose one program! However, because I am a part of the Tokyo team and I know this program the most, I would say that I would want to go on this program. It is not everyday you get to intern in Tokyo and have weekly activities that help you learn more about Japan and its beautiful culture. Also, the housing that we have for the interns is wonderful. It really makes the difference in the whole experience.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
CRCC Asia is all about the interns and what we can do best for them. From the moment the interns apply with us all the way to after they go back to their country, we are there to support them and guide them. I work with a global team that has the best interests of the interns and will immediately respond to help any intern. Each program is run with the 5 Key Learning Objectives at the core, which will become a great tool for each intern in their future careers.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
Always see the bigger picture. Even in the smallest of tasks, there are great meanings in the big picture. The task was given to you because your supervisor believed that you can succeed in it. It may be boring and something "anyone can do" but always look for the deeper meaning in the task. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions. No question is stupid. Do what needs to be done in the most efficient and effective way.