On October 1, I attended a get-together between our board members and students selected to join us next spring.
Partly because the day of the event coincided with the first day of the second half of this fiscal year, we had difficult meetings one after another from the morning to the evening. However, I was fully recharged at the subsequent get-together, where I communicated with more than 200 cheerful and energetic young people. Unlike in the past, young people today actively go abroad and have enough curiosity to try a wide variety of things, making it fun to simply listen to their experiences. At the event, I never tired of listening to, for example, a student engaging in volunteer work at a foreign refugee camp, or a student playing a sport at a national level.
They only have about half a year left to enjoy their campus lives, so I hope that they will make use of this precious time to accumulate meaningful experiences before joining us next spring in high spirits. It is needless to say that they definitely must graduate from their respective schools.
By the way, the get-together made me realize once again that the number of female prospective employees is increasing. Our recruitment efforts are based on the target of ensuring that women account for 40% or more of our prospective office staff and 15% or more of our prospective engineering staff. It seems that we can meet the target when these new recruits join us next year as we did this year. Men still constitute the majority within our corporate group, but the ratio of female employees is gradually increasing as a result of our annual efforts to ensure that women account for a certain ratio of our newly hired employees. Although it might take time, we are getting there one step at a time.
In addition, our review of our parenting support system is also progressing steadily. This year, we are trying new approaches to reform work styles, such as teleworking. At the get-together, I enjoyed communicating with many students from other countries. (Of all the prospective employees, 22 are from overseas.) As indicated by this, we are also increasing the number of employees from overseas. We need to develop into an entity where each employee, regardless of gender, nationality, or position, can take advantage of their experiences and demonstrate their capabilities in their respective stage of life. The event made me aware of that necessity once again.