ARARAT College student Keenan Hurst was one of fifty public school pupils with a demonstrated flair for finance selected to attend the prestigious UBS Finance Academy in Sydney last month.
Year 11 students were selected from across the country to attend the week long, fully subsidised residential program that aims to provide them with a practical understanding of global financial markets while highlighting the wide range of finance related career opportunities available to them.
It also provided an opportunity for students who have not contemplated a career in finance.
The program, now in its 12th year, has provided more than 600 public school students with first hand insight into the world of finance, while helping build their confidence, determination and business knowledge.
Students were selected by The Secondary School Principals' Council in each state who assess each student on their aptitude for business, economics and other finance related subjects.
Over the course of the week Keenan Hurst and the group were provided with the opportunity to listen to, and interact with, key industry figures such as Robert Milliner, Australia's B20 sherpa for 2014, as well as gain a practical knowledge of financial markets through 'day in the life' presentations.
A field trip to UBS's live trading floor was another highlight of the week.
The program also incorporates guidance on goal setting, career development and responsible use of social media.