October edition (Part 1)
This interview is with Ms. Miki Ogata who graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering master’s course and currently is working as a researcher at Yamanashi Prefecture Industrial Technology Center. Ms. Ogata lectured on June 14th in the course titled “Career Development for Science Major Women.”
In the class, she introduced advanced prefectural civil service examination, which is an exam to become a public officer. The listeners (and myself) were very interested in it.
＜Education＞ Graduated from the Department of Chemical Biotechnology in the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Yamanashi (Currently the Department of Biotechnology in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences）, the University of Yamanashi Graduate School
＜Organization＞ Researcher, Planninng and Information Division, Planning and Information Department, Yamanashi Pre. Industrial Technology Center
● You explained how to become a public officer in your lecture. It was a good topic for students to get a clear image of becoming a public officer. You also didn’t really know how to become a public officer when you were a student, is that true?
I was in the Department of Chemical Biotechnology and I didn’t have an idea to become a public officer in mind. But a professor who was in charge (He is still my “Master”!）told me that there was a researcher’s post in government. I was surprised to know that (lol). It’s not every year that they have an open position, but there was an opening for a chemical research position in that year.
● What is the ratio of male/female between “science-oriented public officers”?
Science positions are not known widely yet, including to me back then. But there are many scenes that science major people can play an active role in as public officers. In the Yamanashi Pre. Industrial Technology Center, there are science-administrative courses and research courses. I belong to the research course and there are 47 males and 5 females in the group.
● What do you actually do?
This Center’s main duty is to contribute to “the promotion and development of Yamanashi’s local industries from a technological aspect.” Wine, fruits, jewelries, textiles, wood craft and others are supported. We provide Yamanashi’s local industries with technology support and consulting, technology research and development, talent development, information service and so on. We present our research results at academic conferences as well.
Yes! I enjoy my work very much! Besides some moments of fun, there are also many moments of failure, trouble and suffering. But it’s thanks to my Master that I can honestly say that I enjoy my work. I learned a lot from my Master at that time. He especially had magical skills which I called “Master’s magic”, which is his unique way of “approaching research.” He analyzes the same data in a totally different way from mine and reaches an eye-opening analysis result and it’s just like magic! Through those lessons and experiences with my Master, my “pleasure of research” always lies in “process from a problem to solution” itself.
Yamanashi has a wide variety of local industries such as fruits, wine, jewelry and textiles. So we have to research in various fields, for example, research in highly-operable and highly-efficient agricultural technology covering for the recent aging populations of agriculture workers. Another research could be a new industry development utilizing a technology of an unknown special product. Because of such needs of dealing with various research topics, each member can be assigned to any field. This job probably doesn’t fit if you want to go to the end of a specific research theme like a university professor. But in my own case, I always enjoy the process to find out the best solution to a problem no matter in what field. I enjoy my job a lot thanks to “the Master’s magic.”
● You enjoy your job based on how you went through university years and what you felt there! It may be because of her unique experience that she introduced a rather unusual (?) way in drawing an image of the future to the students in the lecture! I hope that drew your attention! To be continued in the next edition!