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Bachelor of Commerce 2006
David feels that his Deakin course has helped him to develop the necessary technical and generic skills required to be very successful in the workforce.
"The Deakin B.Comm was heavily focused on the technical and theoretical skills involved in financial analysis. Subjects such as Financial Modelling and Business Forecasting provided a strong quantitative foundation, whilst units such as Corporate Finance, International Finance and Investment and Money and Capital Markets helped develop a well-rounded understanding of financial theory."
"Deakin provided many opportunities to develop practical skills such as problem solving and effective communication - skills that cannot be taught by simply reading a textbook. Throughout my time at Deakin, I was fortunate to have been involved in various clubs and societies on campus, as well as to participate in various faculty sponsored events such as competitions and academic workshops. These activities provided exposure to a range of challenges that assisted in my development."
The thing that sets Deakin apart from other universities according to David, are the staff.
"The staff at Deakin - in particular the School of Accounting Economics and Finance staff are fantastic. Over the course of my degree, I received fantastic support from both the academics and the administrative staff. Each and every academic was passionate about teaching, research and the continual development of students."
During his time at Deakin, David volunteered in range of programs offered by Youth ConneXions. Through Youth ConneXions, David volunteered his time as part of a VCE program to explain to students how the VCE system works and further education options available. He also volunteered as a tutor with the Multicultural Homework Support program at the Box Hill Library.
In addition, he helped raise funds through the Deakin University Charity Organisation to purchase soccer balls that are used as part of the Young Men's Soccer program that is run every Monday night.
"Volunteering was very important to me. I think we all have the ability to give up some time to help others. If you are not going to do this, how can you expect someone else to help you when the time comes around!"
David's choice of career was driven by a keen interest in the financial markets.
"After watching movies like Wall Street and Boiler Room, I wanted to become the next Bud Fox - a hotshot stockbroker, constantly on the phone to clients making the hard sell. However, after spending a summer working within the Corporate Finance division of an investment bank, I was completely sold on investment banking."
"I completed a summer internship with Morgan Stanley, spending ten weeks with the firm as a full time employee over the summer break. It gave me a great opportunity to learn about Morgan Stanley, the investment banking industry, and the role of a graduate. At the end of the ten-week program, I was offered a full time role upon graduation as a Business Analyst."
David's role at Morgan Stanley as a Business Analyst, carries various responsibilities including financial modeling, the preparation of marketing materials and assisting in the execution of finance, merger and acquisition transactions.