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Sarah Paloni, Master of Financial Management

Sarah Paloni

Master of Financial Management

Being part of the ANU enabled me to be part of a community, where I was able to grasp every opportunity to grow and develop both academically and personally. I engaged in deeper level thinking and strove to do, try and reach for every goal I set myself.

I hold the degrees Master of Financial Management, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Actuarial Studies all from the Australian National University (ANU). I am admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

My law and actuarial degrees have been invaluable for my business career where I am able to use my extensive knowledge of finance and commercial law to achieve outcomes and positively influence Australian industries.

On the Actuarial side of my degree, I was trained in statistics, economics, finance and actuarial subjects, all of which provided me with a high degree of quantitative content and mathematical work. On the law side of my degree, I studied a wide range of legal topics and developed my written and verbal communication skills. Both of these disciplines have set me up to tackle complex business-related problems and provide me with the ability to deliver positive changes in the community and in people’s lives.

Going straight into work after my undergraduate studies, I saw the importance of advancing my understanding of the Australian financial sector by undertaking a Master’s degree. This was to gain further insight into the theories behind what I was seeing in the workplace. As a result, whilst working full time, I threw myself into the academic fields of Finance and Management.

The Masters of Financial Management course is a quantitatively rigorous program that incorporates management and leadership subjects. The classes combine theoretical knowledge in Finance and Management with practical insights delivered through team work, case studies and guest lectures. I was also able to work with leading ANU academics with extensive industry and research experience. The achievement of a Master of Financial Management laid important groundwork for productivity and gave me the skills to effectively think and work in a business context that is uncertain and changing.

Why did you choose to study at ANU?

In my opinion there are four main reasons that set ANU apart from other universities. These include the extensive learning opportunities, excellent student facilities, ANU’s campus and various accommodation options.

Being an ANU student provided me with the opportunity to study at a university with a strong academic focus, excellent staff and up-to-date facilities in a unique setting. I have been able to meet people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This has given me a global perspective and the opportunity to build a network of international contacts. 

The lectures and tutorials have developed my skills and knowledge and have tested my perceptions and understanding in many areas covered in my degrees.

ANU has a large student population and it is easy to meet and challenge your ideas with others. Opportunities exist such as being involved in extra-curricular activities such as sporting games, mooting, student challenges and meeting industry leaders through networking events. I represented the ANU at the Australian University Games. I valued the opportunity to be the team captain for swimming in 2016 and I can say I have made life-long friends from this experience. 

What are your best memories of your time at ANU?

The best aspects of my time at ANU include meeting new people, learning, being actively involved in clubs and societies and participating in fitness groups. The ANU has a very strong community spirit which continues through the alumni program. 

Clubs and societies at the ANU are one of the highlights of campus life.  There are many to choose from and it is a great way to make new friends, learn skills and undertake activities which you would have never thought of doing. I was actively involved in the Actuarial Studies, Finance, Economics and Commerce (AFEC) Student Society. I also enjoyed being part of the running, swimming, tennis and volleyball teams.

How has your time at ANU influenced your career?

The subjects in my degrees have provided me with the foundation for future practical use and with the desire to expand my knowledge and challenge perceptions in business.

The ANU has helped me with my personal and career development by providing opportunities to engage in courses relevant to industry and build leadership and communication skills. Further, my time at the university provided me with many rich and diverse experiences and research opportunities to break the boundaries and discover innovative solutions.

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