THREE NEW INSIGHTS FROM THE CONFERENCE
Ms. Inoue Kobe University 18 years old
To begin with, I want to thank Ms. Futaba Kato who supported me as a sponsor. Thanks to her, I could participate in the conference and have a great experience. Without her help, I could not even join the conference. I am convinced that I am supported by many people around me and I will never forget about this.
I learned mainly three things in this conference, so I am going to explain them below.
Firstly, I saw the “another” world in the conference, which had influences on me in 2 points. First, I came to believe my limitless possibilities. Seeing many great people from the world that I have never imagined before, I felt that they have been in a “different” world.
However, knowing that one of the women’s hometown was next to mine, I came to think that it might be not impossible even for me to go to the “another” world. Indeed, they have succeeded in various fields but they also have period as students like me. A lot of hardships, hard work and incredible experiences make them look so lively, shiny and attractive. So now, I became much greedier for what I want to do or experience and I act positive to broaden my views and gain experiences. Second, I came to wonder what is the definition of the “successful women” or the model of success. All of the speakers of this conference on the stage had such a wonderful career; director, executive, president, founder etc. As Mr. Mogi said, they are what we called “kachigumi” in other words, winner and I saw a clear boundary between them and me. In the conference, I felt like they were the model of successful women and the figures that we should be aimed at. There is a thought. However, the true society that we are to make from now on is the society that any of us can achieve self-realization in our individual ways. So, each of us can have own model of success such as to become the best mother of her child or to live her/his life with respect to others etc. This idea should be accepted as natural thing, then everyone notice that this is also a form of success. Everyone can live with hopeful face and with no worries about what we call success. This is the society that I aim at. So next time I hope to see more people with wider variety of careers.
Secondly, I found a new way of investment thorough the conference. The investment in what we cannot see directly. The kodomo-hoken (insurance for children) suggested by Mr. Koizumi Shinjiro is one example of this. The system that pensions of elderly people become the money which support families with child is the investment in future. The “Nadeshiko-Meigara” is also one example. Funding companies labeled Nadeshiko-Meigara does not necessarily lead to getting a huge return in index, but there are some positive returns coming from empowering women companies. This is an investment in promotion or image of the companies. Also, I got investment from Ms. Futaba Kato in participating in this conference. I think she kindly invested in my future, possibility and precious experience which cannot be substitute for anything. My image of investment before I joined the conference was typical money and it is, if anything, not familiar to me. However, through the conference, I learned that investment does not necessarily stand for money or profit, but also expectation for future and hearty action.
Thirdly, I got a new perspective on how to work. Once, I dreamed that I enter a company so that I could realize my dream and I would work there forever! I think many Japanese students also think like this; I have to find one big dream and find one straight way to achieve the goal. But this is quite difficult and kind of boring so I asked many people in the conference,” how did you build you career and what do you think about finding one straight way to achieve goals?”. Then, almost all of them said, “there is no straight way. If you find goals you really want to come true, the way to them are neither flat nor straight. But I am sure that it is more interesting and become good experiences for you.” Adults around me were mainly teachers when I was child because all adults in school are teacher, of course, and my mother is also teacher. In this situation, I had an image that people got a job after graduating university and they kept working for the job until they retired. That is why I felt relieved when I knew I do not have to “choose” job.
I was able to break some of my fixed view and think outside of the box through this conference. This experience was definitely precious and influential in my life. I was very lucky to join the conference and I really appreciate Ms. Kaori Sasaki’s selecting me in the selection of matching sponsor. This experience is my motivation to try harder from now on.