With a background in engineering, Andrew Godfrey chose the Master of Finance to help advance his career. He shares some of his study tips and advice.
Why did you choose to study finance?
I had previously completed an undergraduate degree in engineering and was working as an electrical engineer but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for so I took the plunge to come to Melbourne and complete the Master of Finance.
I wanted to progress into a more commercial role within the energy industry and RMIT has definitely allowed me to do that. I have grown both socially and professionally and am now working in Trading and Portfolio Management for ENGIE Australia.
Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, adventurous and friendly.
How did you manage your stress levels while studying?
I think the best way to manage stress levels is just to get on top of the work straight away. There’s no point leaving it until the last minute as that is just a recipe for disaster.
How did you maintain a social life?
I think keeping up a social life at university is pretty easy. You get plenty of time to meet new people, especially with RMIT being in the heart of the city where there is a lot to do for enjoyment. It was just great being close to all the hustle and bustle.
The small class sizes also created greater student interaction. This definitely widened my network of like-minded friends and academics and created further opportunities for me both professionally and socially.
How important is the combination of theoretical and industry based skills?
Finding the right combination of theory and practical skills is extremely important. At RMIT there are a lot of opportunities to work on real-time simulations, whether it’s in the financial markets trading room or working on actual projects that are being assigned by representatives from industry.
How have your postgraduate studies helped to advance your career?
Completing my masters degree has allowed me to gain the required commercial and financial skills to help me transition from a technical engineering background to a highly commercial and trading environment. I can now utilise both my engineering and finance skills, it’s really put all the pieces together and I can more clearly see where I’m headed.
What advice do you have for other students considering postgraduate study?
Be ready and willing to try new things and take on new challenges, you will get out what you put in.