A leading economist and University of Tasmania alumnus has highlighted the importance of completing year 12 and pursuing further education, during an aspiration-raising event for North-West students held at the Cradle Coast campus.
Ivan Colhoun, who is the Chief Economist for Markets at the National Australia Bank, addressed local high school and college students with an interest in business, economics and maths, as part of the interactive Q&A session.
With the University of Tasmania’s support, the May 24 visit was organised by Burnie’s BIG Committee, allowing Mr Colhoun to share his journey through education and employment in economics.
He also sketched what a typical working day was like, while answering questions about the State Budget, superannuation policy, influencers on his career choice, how to best prepare job applications and what his views were on US President Donald Trump’s economic outlook.
Cradle Coast campus General Manager and BIG Committee member Danielle Kidd facilitated the session and said the event had proved insightful for students.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for Burnie-based students to see the value of furthering their education, and how far a University of Tasmania degree can take them,” Ms Kidd said.
Mr Colhoun originates from Hobart where he graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons).
His has previously worked in Chief Economist roles for Deutsche Bank, Qantas and the ANZ.
The Q&A event was attended by around 30 students from Hellyer College, Burnie High School and Marist Regional College.
Mr Colhoun’s visit builds upon a similar address he delivered to local students at Cradle Coast campus last year.