Zoe Hattaway’s decision to undertake postgraduate study allowed her to dive deeper into financial analytics while accelerating her plan of becoming an investment analyst.
Working in a bank while completing her undergraduate degree, Zoe was thrilled to land an analyst role at a high-profile wealth management firm. There, she provides support to a senior wealth adviser and an associate adviser for everything from client pitches to fund manager presentations.
But Zoe didn’t want her career progression to end there. That’s why she enrolled in the Master of Finance in 2014. RMIT’s city location appealed to her, as well the program’s focus on technical experience.
Finance and business students have access to the RMIT Trading Facility where they can engage in trading room simulations and use analytical programs such as Eikon and Bloomberg.
But gaining knowledge, particularly of wealth management and strategic asset allocation, formed a critical part of Zoe’s long-term career strategy.
“I wanted to complete a Masters degree while I was young to open the door of completing a PhD and becoming a lecturer later in life once I have more industry experience,” she said.
Flexibility was also a major selling point and this was a definite advantage when Zoe moved from Melbourne to Brisbane.
“I was able to complete my classes after work and when I transferred offices I was able to continue the program via Open University Australia,” she explains.
Zoe, who is set to complete her masters degree in early 2017, says she has found a lot of value in the study so far.
“I have found that the subject matter covered in Financial Statement Analysis and Strategic Asset Allocation has been extremely beneficial in a practical sense for my job,” she said.
“When completing a portfolio proposal I have the skills to be able to comprehensively understand the drivers of certain industries and understand the fundamentals of a company.
“This has assisted me in constructing a more fitting portfolio for a particular client than I would have had I not completed further study.
“I am able to quickly understand fund manager presentations and industry research reports whereas before I would have had to conduct follow up research.”
Zoe says the Master of Finance is ideal for those wanting to build on what they learned in previous studies or for newcomers to finance.
“If you have an undergraduate degree in finance this program will allow you to build on that knowledge and delve further into the subject matter,” she said.
“The program will also suit someone who does not have a finance background but is looking to move into the investment industry as it provides a well-rounded understanding of capital markets and financial analysis.”