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The more referrals you make, the more gift cards you’ll receive!
How did you get involved with financial modelling and analysis?
I travelled a lot when I was younger (as most Aussies do) and found myself in London during the booming 90s. Arriving with a finance degree and not much experience, I worked my way up in investment banking and found that Excel modeling was a critical skill to have as an analyst in that environment (although we didn’t really call it “financial modeling” back then). On my return to Australia I continued on my finance career whilst completing an MBA and eventually founded Plum Solutions to specialize in using Excel for the purpose of modeling and analysis.
Tell us a little bit about your career path and what attracted you to data analysis. (You have a BA in Psychology – how did you make that leap?)
My first jobs out of college were in the psychology field, working with adolescents in residential treatment facilities. While my intention and purpose was to help kids, I became increasingly frustrated with the business decisions and political gamesmanship that so often seemed to interfere. From there, I followed a path of opportunities that presented themselves.
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