From a disappointing score in high school to finding a spark in finance, Liam is forging his pathway to success.
Liam Waters didn’t get the results he wanted in VCE but after following a pathway at RMIT and with the encouragement of his teachers he’s working toward his goal.
“Growing up I was passionate about numbers and maths because they’re always logical and follow a pattern, which appeals to me. When I was a kid I was at the pharmacy with my mum and the power went out so the shopkeeper had a calculator to add up the price of items.
"While she was adding up the total of my mum’s items I calculated the correct price in my head! After that my parents encouraged me to keep at maths. But in high school, I didn’t have teachers that nurtured my ability and I actually failed year 12 maths.
“Coming into university I had to take a secondary Diploma because I didn’t qualify to get in to a Bachelor. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do when I was finishing high school, so I chose a Diploma of Accounting and then went into Bachelor of Business (Accountancy).
“I thought I wanted to be an accountant, but then I found a spark for finance and realised it’s something I really love and want to do for the rest of my life. I had an inspiring teacher who encouraged me to transfer into Bachelor of Business (Economics & Finance)."
Liam found the programs offered by RMIT appealing and liked the convenience factor of the central location.
“A lot of my friends were coming to RMIT and I liked that it was so accessible, I like being in the centre of the city and so close to busses and trains. The teachers were welcoming and supportive and they really encouraged us to go beyond the diploma. After finishing my diploma I wanted to stay at RMIT, I liked the campus and knew the teachers. I felt that the Bachelor of Business would set me up for the rest of my life and would be something I’d enjoy.
“The success I’ve had at RMIT is really due to finding my own style of learning. The facilities here are great and there’s great coffee around campus. I spend most of my time in class in Building 80 or studying in the library.
"The key to my success is finding a study environment that’s conducive to my style of learning. On my lunch breaks I find somewhere quiet to study where I’ll be comfortable, with sunlight and fresh air.”
Liam is a student ambassador for College of Business and has a part time job at Bicycle Network as a program coordinator.
“Bicycle Network is a not-for-profit health organisation that advocates for cyclists. In my role I help coordinate 116 bike cages at train stations across Victoria. One of my classmates works there and saw they had an opportunity going so he gave my CV to the manager and they hired me the next day. Everyone is very accommodating and friendly, I didn’t have much experience when I started but everyone helps each other.”
Liam didn’t let his ATAR score affect his future, and it was on his pathway from Vocational Education to Undergraduate study that he discovered his spark for studying finance. Looking back now, he can see there’s more than one way to reach your goal after high school.
“Don’t stress if you don’t get the scores you want in high school,” said Liam. “There are many pathways you can follow to get to where you want to go. Don’t stress about how you’re doing right now, because you’ll find another way to reach your goal.”
Liam is keen to get into the workforce after he graduates and dreams of working in wealth management for a large financial services company.
“What’s next for me is working in wealth management for one of the big four banks.”
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