AIBF Sydney Uni Award Winner

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AIBF Sydney Uni Award Winner


Shane Clark

* Sydney University Master of Commerce

* Currently doing Honours year at Sydney University

A "surprised" Shane Clark is flying high after deciding to move from London to Sydney to pursue postgraduate study in finance. He received the 2003 Australasian Institute of Banking and Finance award this year as the top graduate in Sydney University's Master of Commerce.

Clark, who says the award gives him "great confidence for the future", was surprised to learn he topped his Masters course. In fact, he was so surprised he "actually called the registry office a couple of times as I thought it must be a mistake".

The 32-year-old father of one, who worked as a financial analyst for JP Morgan in London from 1997 to 1999, says one of the reasons he chose to move from London to Sydney was to pursue postgraduate study in finance. "The MCom and Sydney University had an excellent reputation," he says.

Clark spent two and a half years attending lectures part-time to complete his Masters and says he was able to effectively combine work and study.

"I'm an advocate of the compact courses that compress a subject into a very intense month, rather than the long drawn out 13-14 week semester format," he says. "It gives people studying part time much more flexibility mixing work, study and lifestyle."

Clark, an AIBF member, is currently doing the Honours year of his degree at Sydney University and part of that involves papers offered under Macquarie University's Applied Finance program.

He says he typically works a 45-50 hour week, attends two three-hour lectures after work, and spends an average three to four hours a week studying at home or on the train to work.

Clark's love of learning hasn't changed but his study technique has since his daughter was born in April this year.

"My study technique was like a finely tuned racing car, then Katelyn was born. The revised technique involves putting her in a front pouch (worn on the chest) while I study at the desk in the spare room. …

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