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Multinational Account

Tatsuya, Class of 2018, is excited, and ready, to hit the ground running into the world of multinational accounting in Texas.


Where are you living now?
I'm currently pursuing my Masters of Accounting at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. 

What kind of work are you doing?
I will begin working at KPMG, Dallas in September of 2023. KPMG is a multinational accounting firm and my position in the firm will be as an audit associate. Basically, I will be part of an engagement team that provides an audit opinion on one of KPMG's clients. Our role in the economy is to provide investors confidence that a company's financial statements are reliable. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Although I haven't officially started, I did have an internship during my final semester of senior year. I enjoyed being able to work on various teams and clients. With such a large office, it is refreshing to be able to meet new co-workers and experience how different teams interact with one another. I was also exposed to various clients ranging from commercial real estate to oil & gas. Hopefully I can get on the Dallas Mavericks or Texas Rangers engagement teams when I start!

What kind of challenges does it hold for you?
The main challenge I encountered when I began my internship was having a fear of making mistakes. You're naturally going to be worried about messing up a task or asking too many questions to your senior, but every team is always super supportive and reiterate that interns/first years are expected to not be experts from the jump. It also becomes very rewarding seeing your progress throughout the months you work and becoming comfortable with the software and tasks you handle. 

Did NIS help you prepare for your current position in any way?
NIS definitely helped me prepare in many ways. I think going through the IB curriculum eases the transition of going from HS to University courses. Although I didn't enjoy working late hours on my EE and on other large assignments, they have helped me hone my writing and multitasking skills for sure. 

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days? 
One thing I'm looking forward to once I graduate is to finally not have homework. It's going to be very refreshing coming back home after a day of work and being able to fully clock out mentally. My mind is too used to the homework anxiety after 15+ years of school.

What’s the one thing you miss most about Japan/ Nagoya/ NIS? 
The convini's [convenience stores]!! Man they are truly one of a kind. No where else in the world can you find so many good snacks and ready-made meals. I also miss being able to see all of my friends on a daily basis and having extracurriculars or PE and Drama class with them.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for today’s Dolphins?
Don't rush your time at NIS! I know it's hard not to focus on the future and university, but try to soak in the last few years of high school and the opportunity to see your classmates/teachers on a consistent basis. Really try to make the most of your time at NIS because it really is a special place!