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Connor Stuart

Connor Stuart_MFINC_2019Master of Finance graduate

BNZ Markets Graduate

With large numbers of Finance, Accounting and Economics graduates completing degrees in New Zealand each year and a limited number of financial sector graduate jobs it is a very competitive sector. Covid-19 has amplified the finance sector employment challenge. Having a University of Otago Masters in Finance qualification will set you apart and increase your chances of securing employment in your desired field.

The key difference in learning between my undergraduate and my Masters degree was emphasis on data analysis, concise report writing, modelling and presentations. Each of these components increased my understanding of finance and improved my communication skills. From my workplace perspective I now appreciate the importance of these skills and their relevance to day-to-day graduate role responsibilities.

Time management is an essential skill that I developed throughout the whole course. This was especially true when it came to planning and executing my FINC 580 Research Project. As a student initiated research project, I developed critical research and analytical skills and applied them to a topic that interested me. Trading derivatives in my current role as a Trader, my thesis has become even more relevant to building my career through my understanding of how derivatives are priced and traded.