What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I attended secondary school in New Zealand and I took a variety of subjects, but I only took one year of Accounting and Economics. Therefore doing these at Stage One at University was more difficult than it would have been if I had taken finance subjects the whole way through school.
I think in hindsight it would have been easier if I did finance subjects throughout school, but on the other hand, taking a variety of subjects in school is a good way to see where your interests and strengths lie.
As long as you are dedicated and want to learn something, there is no reason why you can't study it even if you have no previous experience in the subject.
What is your education to date?
I went to secondary school in New Zealand, and then onto University there, where I did a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Business Administration.
When I was working in an Investment Bank, quite a few years later, I decided to do my CIMA qualification. I was exempt from the 'Foundation Level' because of my degree, so it took me 3 years to complete, whilst working full time.
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
CIMA has been the most important educational course for my career advancement. It opened lots of doors for me, both in my previous job, and when it came to searching for my current job. And I found that what you were learning could be put into practice in your daily work as you were studying, so it was very practical.
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?
Learning and Development is actively encouraged at the ESB. Currently, I am planning on doing a few one day courses this year to help broaden my knowledge on the new things I am learning at work. In the future, I may decide to do another diploma or degree.