Student interview (private company)
Completed in March 2020
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| In February 2017, I moved from a newspaper company that I had worked at for a long time to a school catering company where I became responsible for the financial and business planning of a PFI project.
When reading "The Law and Practice of PFI" (Kinzai)—a must-read for those in charge of PFI projects—, I came across Professor Yuji Nemoto's name listed as an endorser for the book. I was impressed that there was a graduate school teaching PFI, which was why I entered the Public-Private Partnership of the Graduate School of Economics at Toyo University.
I worked on weekdays while I was enrolled in the course, so I mainly attended Saturday classes.
The lecture that stood out to me was Professor Takamasa Kanaya's "PPP Business IV (PPP Planning Theory)," where we studied simulations of feasibility surveys, such as VFM calculations. Also, I currently work with public officials, and Professor Manabu Minami's "City Management I (regional administrative and budgetary systems in Japan)" proved helpful in understanding the mindset of the public officials.
After enrolling in the course, I was able to speak with confidence about the financial plans of PFI at work. Also, I gained new perspectives by studying about PFI cases not related to my main profession of school catering.
My master's thesis was based on research regarding "The state of school catering centers and the use of PPP/PFI in an age of decreasing numbers of middle and elementary school students," and I contemplated the construction of a school catering center in an age of population decline.
Also, the relationships I have made with fellow students are proving useful in sales. Exchanging information such as, "there will be a rebuilding of the school catering center in a certain city," and "there is a proposal for a school catering service," was also very useful.
Although I cannot prove the causal relationship with me having studied at graduate school, after graduation, I became a director at my current company after being initially hired as a writer.
I strongly recommend the Public-Private Partnership of the Graduate School of Economics at Toyo University for those who want to learn about PPP/PFI systematically. Moreover, there is an environment where you can exchange opinions and information about work with classmates, seniors, and juniors, who have diverse backgrounds and come from all over Japan. I had an experience that I had never imagined before enrolling in the course.