Leading High Performing Remote Teams
How can leaders ensure that performance remains high in remote or hybrid-work environments?
In this course, you’ll learn how compelling blogs, videos, podcasts, and other media can reach customers and drive sales. You’ll also learn steps for creating an effective content marketing plan, and some important ways to measure its impact and success.
Content marketing is a essential digital marketing strategy for companies looking to provide relevant and useful information to support your community and attract new customers.
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Sustainable Innovation in Times of Disruption: Choices for a Better Society
There are opportunities for progress all around us. The key is to innovate on these opportunities sustainably.
To help identify most effective path forward, you'll need to gain a global perspective to these challenges in an open discussion. How can Japan and the world take action to create a more sustainable, innovative world? Where do you fit in?
It's time to find out.
Social Media & Digital Communications: Impact on Global Public Opinion
Social and digital media have dominated the communications industry for decades. But it's no secret that social media has the power to sway public opinion, and the way in which many companies use these platforms could be seen as manipulative.
What do companies need to be aware of when utilizing social and digital media? How can these mediums be used to better communicate strategically with the world?
Discover what top media and communications experts have to say.
CAGE Distance Framework
Want to expand overseas? The CAGE distance framework can help ensure you're constructing a solid global strategy in four areas: cultural, administrative, economic, and geographic. Learn how to leverage useful differences between countries, identify potential obstacles, and achieve global business success.
There's more to leadership than driving a team to profit. In fact, there's a word for looking beyond self-interest to prioritize individual growth: servant leadership. Try this course for a quick breakdown of what that is, how it works, and how it can lead to organizational success.
Strategy: Creating Value Inside Your Company
Have you ever wondered why certain companies are more successful than others? The answer is strategy: internal processes that control costs, allocate resources, and create value. This course from GLOBIS Unlimited can give you the tools you need for that strategic edge.
Strategy: Understanding the External Environment
To plan strategy on any level, you need to understand your company's external environment. In fact, your level of understanding can impact hiring, budgeting, marketing, or nearly any other part of the business world. Want to learn how to do all that? This course from GLOBIS Unlimited is the perfect first step!
Using Japanese Values to Thrive in Global Business
Japanese companies have unique cultural, communication, and operational challenges. But they also have values that have led to remarkable longevity. Check out this seminar to hear how these values help earn trust from overseas head offices and develop employees.
Marketing: Reaching Your Target
Every company works hard to get its products into the hands of customers. Are you doing everything you can to compete? In this course, you’ll find a winning formula to turn a product idea into real sales. Follow along through the fundamentals of the marketing mix and see how companies successfully bring products to market.
Basic Accounting: Financial Analysis
Want to compare your performance vs. a competitor? Or evaluate a potential vendor? Then you'll need to conduct a financial analysis. This course will teach you how to use three financial statements and evaluate financial performance in terms of profitability, efficiency, soundness, growth, and overall strength.
What drives you to be good at your job?
Career anchors are based on your values, desires, motivations, and abilities. They are the immovable parts of your professional self-image that guide you throughout your career journey.
Try this short GLOBIS Unlimited course to identify which of the eight career anchors is yours!
Leadership with Passion through Kokorozashi
The key ingredient to success? Passion.
Finding your kokorozashi will unify your passions and skills to create positive change in society. This GLOBIS Unlimited course will help you develop the values and lifelong goals you need to become a strong, passion-driven leader.
Have you ever wondered where your career would be if you had studied something different?
Just a generation ago, changing careers was a huge risk, not to mention expensive. The path to a new industry often meant going back to school and starting back at the bottom of the ladder.
But now, if done right, it’s not a second degree that’s opening doors—it’s a certificate.
When Yan Fan realized her jet-setting career in finance wasn’t actually what she wanted, she was at a loss. “That led me down a path of asking, ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ I didn’t have the skills to do anything else.” After much soul-searching—and some inspiration from the newly founded Silicon Valley darlings Uber and Airbnb—she found her way into coding. It was a skill she had never considered, but one that would change her life.
In fact, coding as a new career skill was changing lots of lives at the time.
The Origin of Coding Bootcamps
In November 2011, a user called kabuks posted an open offer in a YCombinator online forum: “I want to teach 6 people Ruby on Rails from scratch. Hands on. In person. 5 days a week, for 8 weeks. No computer science background required.”
Kabuks was offering a coding bootcamp—one of the first of its kind.
A few years later, when Fan was looking into retraining in 2013, coding was still considered a skill exclusive to computer science graduates or tech-savvy youngsters. But by 2016 or so, there would be an explosion of online platforms, e-learning services, and intensive retreats for professional tech skill development.
Career retraining and upskilling was becoming a thing.
The reason? Likely Moore’s Law making computing skills exponentially relevant quarter to quarter. From company apps to logistics, everything suddenly required tech expertise. Along with that came a huge demand for software engineers and computer science graduates—but not enough talent to go around. Even those hired were missing practical skills, thanks to theory-based education.
Soon enough, the coding bootcamp trend took off, providing a solution to the talent shortage and a way for people to find new direction amidst the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There are now over 500 bootcamps worldwide, and the industry is worth an impressive $350 million.
People like Fan proved the value of the trend on a human level. After months of intensive courses and a certificate in hand, she found a job as a software engineer at a startup almost immediately.
“To me, that was wild,” says Fan. “I went from not knowing anything [about coding] to getting paid to do it.”
Women and Diversity in Coding: Addressing the STEM Gap
In the Western world, women have been outpacing men in getting university degrees for decades. But the field of STEM, specifically computer science, has a ways to go. 2018 Pew Research statistics on diversity in STEM show that, across the board, female, Black, and Latina students are all underrepresented in engineering and computer science. Even more surprising, there were more female computer scientists in 1995 (37%) than now in 2022 (22%).
As the coding bootcamp trend took off, NPOs like Black Girls Code (BGC) and Girls Who Code took on the challenge. Both organizations (among others) aim to bring more girls and underrepresented groups into coding, often targeting teenage students.
Why teenagers? According to BGC, 50% of American middle school girls are interested in computer science, but less than 2% select it as their college major.
The skill and interest are both there early. And with community-focused bootcamps rising to nurture that talent, the future of STEM careers is women.
From Student to Teacher to Coding Cofounder
Coding as a vehicle for career change turned out (for Fan, at least) to be the gift that keeps on giving.
To solidify hard-learned coding concepts and to pay it forward, Fan started volunteering as a teacher at local non-profits. Little did she know, this would set her up for the next stage in her career as a teacher—first at the bootcamp she herself completed, and then retraining refugees at the height of the Syrian civil war in 2016. Through the latter, Fan witnessed how coding wasn’t just a life-changing skill for Silicon Valley professionals like herself. The skill of coding ensured a stable future for Syria’s refugees in their new countries.
Inspired by the impact coding could have on all walks of life, Fan began to feel an entrepreneurial itch.
Soon after, Fan met her future business partner, Kani Munidasa. The two instantly clicked over the idea of starting a bootcamp of their own, right down to the logistical complexities. “Usually when I talk to other people who want to start bootcamps, they vastly underestimate the difficulty of running one. And he got it,” she explains.
By June of 2017, they were in Japan setting up Code Chrysalis.
Finding Inspiration in Success Stories
Code Chrysalis proudly brands itself as “Tokyo’s only Silicon Valley-style coding bootcamp.” While some students have experience in engineering or software, the majority have non-technical backgrounds, just like Fan.
One demographic, in particular, inspired Fan to create a special scholarship: single mothers.
In Japan, there is still strong social pressure on women to quit their jobs and focus 100% on motherhood. There’s also lingering stigma for single parents—the standard resume format even includes a section for marital status and number of children. Code Chrysalis ran some early initiatives in response, including The Butterfly Scholarship Fund, which helped give single mothers a marketable skill and fulfilling career path. Soon after graduating, one of the fund’s recipients went on to become a software engineer and create Find a Doc, a website to help Japanese people locate vaccination centers during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supporting women in coding has proved to be a great success for Code Chrysalis. Recipients not only complete the program, but express how the coding skills expand their world for new opportunities.
“We see a lot of stories like this,” says Fan. “Japanese women find this supportive environment, and it motivates them to be more authentic and to live more fully.”
The Future of Work in Computer Science
Computing has come a long way even in the last decade, and women in tech have come with it. Thanks to coding bootcamps like Code Chrysalis, the barriers for women and disadvantaged groups pivoting into the tech field are finally being chipped away.
Fan says her female students have all sorts of reasons for learning how to code, from rekindling a love for tech to finding passion in a new career. And now that re-education and retraining are more accessible than ever, the future is bright for anyone looking to take that leap and make a change.