Day in the Life of an Accounting Major: Masashi Baba

Written by: 
Gosuke Kawano

Masashi Baba, a junior accounting major and information technology minor from Japan, said he chose to be an accounting major because of the insights he received from his mission president, and because “it can enable [me] to help Japanese businesses become more globalized.”

What made you decide to study this major?

“I had opportunities to gather, analyze, and take statistics during my mission. Since I was not exactly sure what I would like to do in the future, [my mission president] told me to consider accounting as it would be useful in many different fields.”

 

What makes your major unique?

“I feel many other majors are designed to focus on developing new things or advancements. This major is designed to help maintain existing companies. In addition, when it comes to accounting, the success of a person depends on his knowledge and ability.”

 

What do you want to do with it?

“I’d especially like to work for Japanese firms. Since Japan is a small country and its resources are scarce, it develops when it does business with other countries. I’m hoping to be able to apply my knowledge and experiences to my home country when I’ll go back there eventually.”

 

Favorite class

“Accounting 201 (Introduction to Financial Accounting) and Intermediate Accounting (ACCT 301) were very unique classes. They help students determine whether they want to be an accounting major or not because they require a lot of studying. I think we cannot find out if we really love what we do unless we put in effort.”

 

Describe a typical day

“I have classes in the morning and work as an accountant at the Lorenzo Snow Building from noon to 5 p.m. After my work, I do my homework, hang out with friends, and play soccer, which is my hobby.”

 

Number of people in the major

“When I was the vice president for the Professional Accounting Society, there were about 300 students in the major. There are about 25-30 student in my class.”

 

Time spent in a day

“I spend approximately 12 hours a day on accounting, including my work hours.”

 

Pros

“If you don’t know what you’d like to do, I think accounting is a good major because it has something to do with all kinds of businesses. Even if you are unsure about your future plan, the people you will meet and interact with in the accounting field will help you discover what you really want to do.”

 

Cons

“Your personality or experiences do not make much difference in finding accounting-related jobs. The emphasis is on your academic performance. It often happens that the accounting companies don’t even conduct an interview if applicants’ GPA is low.”

 

Date Published: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Last Edited: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

This story was printed in the March 2017 issue on Friday, Mar. 10.