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Bachelor of Commerce 2007
'I completed my Commerce degree at Deakin in June 2007 and I did what most university students with a passion for the snow do - I worked a season in Queenstown in New Zealand at Coronet Peak.
It was my second ski season and what I thought would likely be my last as I planned to enter the workforce in early 2008.
I began my finance career in an entry level role at a business named, Custom House Foreign Exchange (now Western Union Business Solutions - WUBS), processing deal tickets and managing some basic compliance matters. I enjoyed the role and over a year I built up the experience and confidence to be promoted to the dealing desk as a fully-fledged Corporate FX Dealer, managing FX exposures for SMEs.
The story of where I am today however starts three years later.
At the end of 2011 I made the hard decision to leave WUBS. Not because I hated my job or lacked a challenge, but because I needed a break from the corporate world and felt a compelling need to follow my passion - snowboarding. I had read the book, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and I can safely say what he talked about in the book resonated strongly with me.
My 2012 wasn’t easy and involved a number of entrepreneurial failures; however Snow Travel Magazine was eventually launched in November 2012 from my laptop computer in Sapa, Vietnam.
Today I have produced many issues, have a designer and over 2,000 subscribers.
The moral of my story and what my Deakin degree taught me, is that it’s ok to take risks and follow your dreams. You might feel if you quit your job and the 9-5 hours, that you are being irresponsible, but the lesson I’ve learnt is that the first step is the most important regardless of the result.
To other Deakin Alumni looking at starting their own digital magazine I invite you to get in touch with me for advice at email@example.com.
Deakin Alumni are also welcome to download and subscribe to my magazine for free at Snow Travel Magazine.'