On 25 October 2013, a group of students from La Trobe Business School attended a full-day financial planning workshop conducted by UniSuper at their Melbourne offices. The aim of the workshop was to provide students with a practical insight into financial planning and potential career paths within the industry, as well as working with students to develop their work based knowledge and skills through the running of a strategy workshop.
UniSuper is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds and has worked closely with La Trobe Business School and the financial planning team within the Department of Finance to provide a range of work-based learning opportunities for students to facilitate their transition into the work place. As well as running the annual workshop for students, UniSuper also provides regular guest presentations and awards a student prize in the financial planning discipline.
The workshop was well attended by a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students primarily studying Financial Planning and seeking to enter the financial planning and services industry. The workshop was led by Mr Grahame Eggins, Regional Manager (Southern) at UniSuper, who was supported throughout the day by various members of his team. As well as learning how financial planning operates in a real-world setting and attending a technical session run by a leading industry expert, students also participated in a strategy workshop which required students to develop appropriate strategies based on a client case study and present their ideas to the rest of the group.
The strategy workshop provided students with an invaluable opportunity to learn from and network with key financial planning professionals and to be able to apply their technical knowledge in a work-based learning environment.
As one of the market leaders in Finance and Financial Planning education in Australia, La Trobe’s programs are designed to assist students succeed in this rapidly expanding sector of the economy by integrating student learning experiences within a work-based learning environment.