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David

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Corporate Finance

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Study related questions

 

What did you study?

I studied a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Finance and Marketing.

Why did you choose this course?

I chose this course because I’m passionate about business and have a strong interest in both fields. I also wanted to choose courses which aligned with my strengths and would provide me with the necessary skills coming into the workforce.

What did you enjoy about your course?

The finance major appealed to my logical side as I enjoy working with numbers, while the marketing papers appealed to my sense of (sometimes illogical) creativity. The combination of the two majors allowed me to develop both my qualitative and quantitative skillset within a commercial framework.

What helped you to successfully complete your course?

I completed my degree extramurally which required a great deal of self-discipline, motivation, hard work, and coffee. I found that having a clear vision and outcome of what I wanted to achieve as well as a plan of action towards attaining it allowed me to follow through on my goals. Being passionate about your major also helps as it can be more difficult to do well at something if you’re not enjoying it.

What advice do you have for future students?

Aside from the things I’ve mentioned already – find what you enjoy and are good at and then work hard doing it – I would say be yourself, be authentic, and don’t be afraid to go against the grain. Don’t blindly follow the crowd just because that’s what everyone else is doing – have the courage to form your own opinions and don’t be afraid to think differently.  

 

Occupation related questions

 

Describe your job

My job entails a mix of financial analysis, report writing, problem solving, and client interaction. I work on a variety of engagements for both the private and public sector across a wide range of industries. Our core areas of work involve:

  • Valuations – providing independent valuations of businesses and assets
  • Financial modelling – specialised modelling tailored to specific client requirement
  • Transaction services – providing due diligence services and managing transaction processes

What do you do on an average day?

There is no ‘average day’ in corporate finance as our work is largely project based, and therefore what I do depends on the specific engagement and client involved. However, a typical day might involve assisting in the valuation and financial due diligence of a target organisation in preparation for a takeover bid, meeting with the client to discuss findings, and then incorporating issues raised from these meetings into the final model and report.

What is the most exciting thing about your job?

The most exciting thing would be the work I am involved in, and how my day-to-day activities really bring value to the clients in a tangible way. At uni, a lot of the work tends to be theoretical and the worst that can happen is you get a bad grade. Doing real work for real clients brings a great deal of excitement and energy as I get to apply my skills in a setting where there are no second chances. As well as the work, the people at Deloitte are a great bunch and a pleasure to work with. It keeps me on my toes being surrounded by people of such high calibre and I’ve made some good friends during my time here.

What opportunities does your job offer?

Deloitte offers countless opportunities to its employees. Within the job, you have the opportunity to work on some very high profile projects and engage with some of the country’s leading business minds. Additional training is provided in-house and external qualifications such as CA and CFA are encouraged and supported. Deloitte also sponsors various sporting teams and events and host regular social functions throughout the year for their employees.

What skills, training, education or past experiences helped you secure your job?

The technical skills I learned during high school and uni largely paved the way for me in landing my current job. However, I believe just as important are the intangible qualities which I cannot attribute to any course or degree. These came through my own personal experiences which helped shape me into the person I am today. In the past I’ve worked on a market garden, in a café, and as a telemarketer amongst other jobs. These all taught me relevant skills, albeit non-finance related, which I still apply on a daily basis in my current job.

Where do you see yourself heading in the future within this industry?

At the moment I would like to continue building my experience and skillset as I am aware of how little I know in the scheme of things. Although it was a long road getting to the point where I am now, in reality my career has only just begun. My immediate goals are to progress to the next stage of senior analyst. In the medium-term I would like to travel and gain experience offshore, and maybe take a career break and pursue something completely non-finance related. In the long-term, I hope to be a respected businessman in a position of leadership and influence.

What advice do you have for anyone wanting to work in the professional services industry?

I am by no means an authority on the professional services industry, but I would say to focus as much on your professional development as on your personal development. This can be a demanding job technically, so it is important you have a solid foundation of training in your area of expertise. As you finish your degree, continue educating yourself whether it is through your own reading, in-house training, or through external courses. Secondly, don’t neglect your personal development. Our work is as much about dealing with people as it is about crunching the numbers and writing reports. Interacting with clients, employers, and colleagues all require great people skills – and the ability to deal with different personalities will stand you in good stead, especially as you move on to more senior positions.

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