What prompted you to become a Financial Academy Ambassador?
I have always advocated for the importance of financial literacy to my friends and family and believe it should have been something I was taught in school instead of learning about finance from my own interest. Starting work with Greater Bank only months after finishing high school enabled me to continue learning about the banking side of finance and use those skills to teach my friends and family.
Why is financial literacy important to you?
Financial literacy is crucial to me as I want to have the knowledge and skills to set myself and future family up for financial freedom. I am a finance student at university studying to become a financial advisor or for a career in financial crime, for the sole purpose of educating, and bettering people’s financial positions.
Although money is not everything, I believe that being comfortable allows you to reach your full potential in life and enjoy the things that really bring you happiness.
What are you looking forward to most in delivering the program?
I am looking forward to seeing a change in the attitude towards finance. I’m hoping to encourage those who don’t feel confident as it may be something they’ve never spoken about or known how to benefit themselves, and promoting that you are in charge of your financial story and will have the knowledge to reach your own goals, no matter where you come from.
What was your financial literacy ‘ah-ha’ moment?
A moment in my life that made me realise the lack of financial education within the community and specifically in my friend group was the blank look across my friends face when talking about basic financial matters.
It dawned on me that my friends who are buying houses and savings for significant life events have no idea how to set themselves up to be a good loan applicant for their first home, believe investing in the share market is ‘for people who are already rich’ and are led to thinking living fake rich now, won’t leave them real poor later.