Three and a half years ago, when Jane decided to undergo the vigorous process of completing her PhD, Jane found RMIT’s emphasis on quality research, industry connections and a dynamic, supportive culture to be exactly what she needed.
“For my PhD, I conducted an empirical study on equity crowdfunding using U.S. data.
The research examines the association between board composition and equity-crowdfunded firm performance and investigates the impact of investor protection measures on the performance of crowdfunding platforms,.” said Jane
Having been the first member of her family to complete university, it was her colleagues and stakeholders who convinced Jane that RMIT would have the best support and resources to allow her to pursue further academic studies.
“Now that I am part of the university community and have first-hand experience, I can testify to this.”
Resilience and Adaptability
After completing her full-time Master of Commerce while continuing to work full time, the decision to begin her PhD wasn’t easy.
“I realised after entering the workplace that being highly competent and skilled at what you do wasn’t enough,” she said.
“I hadn’t planned to enter the education sector or pursue a PhD, so it was a bit of a roller coaster.”
The resilience and the support received from the supervisory team, the school and the university allowed Jane to pursue further interests outside of her academic studies and thrive when a significant portion of her study was conducted remotely during COVID-19 lockdowns.
After participating in research committees and contributing to the Research and Innovation Future Directions planning workshop, her achievements were recognised in 2021 as a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Award.
The time saved by not having to commute allowed Jane to take on side projects within the university, including working as a research assistant and supporting course development.
I like to view challenges as opportunities in disguise for growth, learning and other positive outcomes