In Japan, university students normally look for jobs in the final year of their academia. If they find ones, they start working in April. If they can not find their jobs in the final year, they will be in trouble: normally they stay in school for one more year for the occasion next year.
I am taking care of one Ph.D student, who is graduating next March. Therefore, he is looking for a working position now.
He wanted to work for a car company, but because of the earthquake, car companies stopped hiring new workers. Moreover, the job situation in general became very bad.
Director of our institute is a big man. He called to a major company in Japan asking to give the student a possibility to be hired. Then three workers came to the institute to see him.
It is very unusual.
He talked with them with me.
Well, I do not think he did well. For me, his attitude was a bit arrogant.
Anyway, I wish him luck.