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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Andy D, 15th Oct, 2007.

  1. Andy D

    Andy D Member

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    Hey there all, first of all I'll get the introduction started.

    I'm a 31 year old Pom living in Perth, just 3 months into my new job as a trainee financial advisor. Before that, believe it or not, I've been working on a gas rig, and even plastering!

    I've been watching the boards for a few months now, but figured it was time to register so I can post etc.

    I'm at the end of the Kaplan course, Entry Level Competencies, just starting my assignment!
     
  2. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Co-founder Staff Member

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    Welcome Andy - great to have you here.
     
  3. Jacque

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    Sounds like you're very handy Andy- welcome aboard :)
     
  4. Glebe

    Glebe Well-Known Member

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    Why did you leave the gas rig? Don't those guys get paid squillions?
     
  5. Billv

    Billv Getting there

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    Hi Andy,
    Welcome to the forum.
    When did you come to Australia and how did you end up with a trainee advisor's job?
    Also, do you have a family?
    Cheers
    Bill
     
  6. Andy D

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    Ahh, well...in answer to those questions.

    1) I left the rig because it was too much time away from the family. Yeah, it was great money (I'm on 3x less than I was back then), but I used it to set things up so that life isn't too bad. I might not live in the best area, have the flashest car or the latest in gadgetry, but I am happy and comfortable with my situation.

    2) I came to Australia just under 2 years ago. In fact, come mid November I can apply for citizenship, but I have to take the exam, lol.

    3) It was a crazy situation, but I actually got a job through the company who dealt with the UK rollover of my pension to Australia. When I sat down to consider my strengths and interests, I realised that I was always interested in making the most of my money and pretty good at maths/computers (though not an expert in either). It seems to have stood me in good stead so far!

    One thing that concerns me is client relations and building up a potential client pool in the future. I intend to stick with my current firm for at least 2 years, get my Advanced Diploma, and then set up on my own. I'm not sure if that is a realistic time frame, but there are 8 modules to complete and I'm looking at finishing this one up in another month or so if I can get my head around the assignment.

    Hope that gives you enough data to steal my identity or something, lol. :)
     
  7. Jacque

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    Well you certainly sound as though you may have found your calling :)

    Best of luck with it all and hope your plans all come to fruition.
     
  8. Billv

    Billv Getting there

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    gr8 idea
    can you give me your full name, address and DOB please?:D
    Cheers
    Bill