Alumni profile: Tatsuya Shigemitsu

Alumni profile: Tatsuya Shigemitsu

Read this interview with former REW student Tatsuya Shigemitsu, who tells us about his experiences studying with us in Melbourne and the opportunities this pathway has opened up for him.

Student-profile

Hi there! Please introduce yourself.

My name is Tastuya, and I am 21 years old. I graduated with a Diploma of IT from RMIT University, and I am currently here in Tokyo, Japan.

Why did you choose to study IT?

I started off doing Building Design (Architecture), but I changed over to IT. I chose IT because I really like working on websites, and I’m interested in things like cyber security, data collection, and using data-based insights to make decisions about design. 

I’m developing a passion for web design and information architecture, which is like building design, but in a digital context.

I like that with websites, instead of physical materials, your tools are things like programming languages and Javascript. 

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Tell us about your experience with RMIT Training.

I completed the RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Academic English course with RMIT Training before I got into my Diploma.

It was a 10-week course, and what I really liked about it was that the teachers were so friendly and chill! They didn’t stress out, and they were really generous with how they taught us. It felt like a very personalised way to learn English.

The teachers took us through things step by step, from writing to listening, and everything in between. It was a really comfortable place to learn English. 

Why is learning English important to you?

In Japan I went to an English-speaking kindergarten, but then Japanese-language junior and senior high schools. My family also spent time in Hong Kong, so learning English has always been familiar to me. 

In terms of culture, and what it can bring you, I see English as the most useful language. 

What’s the hardest thing about learning English?

With any language, you need to practice it in real life. Sometimes it can be hard to express what you really want to say. You worry sometimes that people are misunderstanding your meaning.

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What do you love about Melbourne?

Melbourne was such a nice place to live. It really is a liveable city! 

The people were so kind, and always supported me and took the time to help me out, like when I was going shopping. I would definitely live in Melbourne again.

What are your dreams and goals? 

My short-term goal is to continue to build on my IT skills, things like creating websites, data file management – useful skills for my future work. 

IT innovations are infinite and I would really like to develop businesses using IT – that would be my dream. 

What advice do you have for people looking to take a similar path to you?

It’s a big step to go somewhere new, somewhere you’ve never been. 

You have to pull yourself right out of your comfort zone. But it’s important to take that first step, otherwise you won’t change anything.

I’d say keep an open mind. Don’t be scared. Push through mistakes, try your best to be understood, and you will get your message across, even imperfectly. It’s all part of the experience. That’s how you grow. 

03 March 2022

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