From Thailand to Japan – Aiming towards a career as a Finance Specialist
Apidet KANJANASIT (Loei, Thailand)
Enrolled April 2015
After graduating from University in Thailand, I was employed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwCs) as an auditor for manufacturers such as Honda and Rinnai. Japanese companies are the most common amongst foreign companies based in Thailand, and in order to improve my Japanese language skills and further advance my career, I decided to study abroad in Japan. Initially I was studying at a Japanese language school, however I realised that I would be better off pursuing further study in a specialist field. To that end, I decided to try and acquire a master’s degree from the place that I had always wanted to study at – Waseda University. The reason I chose the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law was because I had previously majored in accounting during my undergraduate degree, and also because I have a passion for mathematics. I first entered Waseda as a non-degree student, and became a regular student one year later. I must confess that studying at Waseda is very challenging. Before each class I try my best to prepare myself learning technical terms expected to appear in the class, and afterwards I am busy with revision – I am studying from morning till night. My favourite subject is mathematics, and I enjoy learning the fundamentals of finance. Every day is not only a challenge, but also a new experience. I have made friends with Japanese students, and I now believe that entering graduate school at Waseda was indeed the right decision. Initially after graduation I was planning to return to Thailand to seek employment with a foreign company, however now that I have grown accustomed to Japanese language and culture, working in Japan is also in my sights. I know some Waseda graduates from Thailand who are very successful in their career, at the same time, I also know that there are also many Thai students that want to study at Waseda, however lack the self-confidence. Currently I am the only Thai student studying at the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law. However, I hope that the establishment of the English-taught Master in Science in Finance program at Waseda from 2016 will provide greater opportunities for not only Thai students, but all international students to pursue their studies at Waseda University.
※This information is as of April 2015. This student’s voice is based on the program of the Graduate School of Finance, Accounting and Law, which was merged with WBS in April 2016.