It can be difficult and risky to change jobs suddenly, especially with no direct experience or connections. An easy solution would be to take on side work to accrue the necessary qualifications for a new role, but in Japan, the idea of working multiple jobs simultaneously is not yet widely accepted. According to a 2018 survey (Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, “Investigative Report into Personnel Recruitment Requirements in Part-time/Second Jobs”), 86% of large companies said that they had no plans to onboard employees or managers from other companies who were seeking part-time or side work. People who want to learn about other kinds of work or develop new skills must leave their current job to do so.
Recruit Career founded Sankak in 2014 to help working professionals gain experience in new roles without sacrificing their existing positions. Sankak has two programs—“professional internships” and “on-the-spot discussions”—that help individuals develop skills and learn about different industries while providing valuable contributions to participating businesses.
In “professional internships,” companies pose business challenges and individuals are invited to present ideas and solutions as if they were part of the company. Participants have the opportunity to try their hands at work they normally would not experience, and receive feedback from the company so that they can improve their professional skills. “Professional internships” can be long-term, short-term, or even last just one day. The point is for “interns” to understand what it’s like working in a different position or field while supplying companies with novel solutions.
Individuals can also contribute to other companies and gain valuable experience through Sankak’s “on-the-spot discussions.” These interviews are an opportunity for professionals to network and build relationships with businesses that welcome outside perspectives. By soliciting advice from non-employees, companies gain valuable insights that can inform the way their businesses evolve.
In Japanese, the name Sankak incorporates the dual meanings of “triangle,” representing a workplace, an employee, and their current job, and also “involvement,” representing the employee participating to try on a new role. Sankak’s purpose is to support an individual’s professional achievements over the course of their life by creating a world where people can enhance their skills and careers without being limited to a single workplace.