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Yashas Alur, Bachelor of Economics & Bachelor of Finance

Yashas Alur

Bachelor of Economics & Bachelor of Finance

Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Finance ‘12

Co-Founder of Buttons ‘n’ Threads

What influenced your decision to study at ANU?

When I had completed my International Baccalaureate in India, I wanted to study at a reputed overseas university. I had always been interested in economics and finance and wanted to eventually start my own company.

I was attracted to ANU because of its high reputation and its well-balanced student population.

How did your ANU student experience shape you?

I value each and every experience I had during my time in Australia and at ANU. But I think what I liked most was the emphasis on self-learning as opposed to rote learning. It was challenging to get used to a new system but I was able to retain a lot more information by learning this new way and it has helped me tremendously in running a start-up company.

After graduating in December 2012, I was submitting applications to graduate positions and waiting for responses when my close friend, and fellow ANU alumnus, Sanchit Baweja told me about an idea to sell men’s suits online. This idea would genuinely solve the problem of accessing good quality, perfect fit suits in Australia and became our focus. We spent the next six months working to get the business operational with the supply chain and e-commerce portal working perfectly. Now we have a user friendly e-commerce website and are in the process of expanding our product range to offer a wider variety of menswear.

Of course, studying at ANU has definitely helped me in various aspects of the business. Studying economics and finance made understanding the business operations and financial requirements of running a business much easier. However, two other important aspects of my ANU experience have also helped. Firstly, the grooming in self-study gave me the flexibility to explore a field of business that wasn’t directly related to my studies and secondly, the diversity of people that I was exposed to during my time at ANU prepared me to communicate effectively with the various people that I now interact with in my business.

Tell us about your ANU learning and community experience

I preferred living on campus and stayed at Fenner Hall for all four years of my degree. The idea of living in a community was new to me but I started to enjoy it and quickly started to love it. The experience allowed me to meet students from diverse backgrounds and cultures and learn a whole lot from each and every one of them. I was a Senior Resident for my last two years in Fenner and this allowed me to give back everything I had gained to the ANU community. I was also actively involved in sporting and cultural activities whilst at Fenner and this really helped me meet new people and develop a balanced life style.

What about your engagement with ANU as a graduate?

I am still in touch with a lot of my friends at ANU, those who are still in Australia and those who have moved back to their home countries. The Alumni group in India is still at an infancy stage and this is something that the good people at the Alumni office are dedicated to develop quickly.

Do you have any career advice for other students?

Be open to any opportunity that comes knocking and be flexible to take an unplanned path.

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