I had the opportunity to do a 6-month co-op program in Australia. Going to Australia was arguably the bravest and by far the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Living and working “Down Under” was an amazing experience not just because I got to experience a completely new culture but also because I got to be independent in a completely new place. My primary work location was Melbourne, but I also had the chance to visit Sydney and Perth thanks to all the international scholarships I got from LeBow School of Economics.
The more I got involved and talked about markets, the more my confidence grew—soon I was responsible for doing the company’s weekly videos, “Tech Talk,” where I advised clients on the direction of the markets and suggested potential trading opportunities.
In Hunter S. Thompson’s words: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”. True to this, it was quite the ride! From swimming with the dolphins in Rockingham Bay to having a weekend Barbie (slang for barbecue) on a sunny weekend, I couldn’t have asked for a more encompassing and fulfilling adventure. The lively concerts in the Vines made me look forward to the weekend while myriad exquisite restaurants satisfied my appetite for some local cuisine.
As far as my co-op is concerned, my experience was both challenging and fun. I worked for a company called Australian Stock Report, which is Australia’s leading provider of financial services to the retail sector. The company specializes in stock market research and analysis, trading and investing education courses services. I worked as part of a team of highly skilled and experienced research analysts and traders to provide comprehensive research reports for both long-term investment and short-term trading. The company provided me a platform where I could explore my interest in financial markets while increasing my knowledge base in various sectors. The more I got involved and talked about markets, the more my confidence grew—soon I was responsible for doing the company’s weekly videos, “Tech Talk,” where I advised clients on the direction of the markets and suggested potential trading opportunities. This was the first time an intern was given that kind of responsibility. My employer was also a financial correspondent at Sky News; and every time he did his media appearances, I would tag along. This was an exciting experience, as I got to meet really interesting people at the studio, including some Australian news celebrities.
Living and working abroad helped me achieve great personal and academic growth. I was able to break out of my cocoon of comfort and really expand my horizons!