Financial Instruments Valuation Analyst, PwC New Zealand
Master of Applied Finance
His passion for finance drove him to enrol in the Master of Applied Finance at AUT, says business alumnus Ryan Li who came to AUT as an international student from China.
“I chose this degree because I had a desire to sharpen my finance-related skills. The Master of Applied Finance curriculum at AUT suited me well, as it was based on the Candidate Body of Knowledge from the CFA programme. This has been very helpful as my goal is to become a CFA charterholder.
“If you want to get a comprehensive idea of basic finance knowledge in as little as one year, to pursue CFA designation, the AUT Master of Applied Finance is a great choice.”
Supported to thrive
Deciding to study at AUT was easy, says Ryan who achieved a grade point average of 8.75 throughout his studies.
“I came to AUT because it’s one of the top three universities in New Zealand, and it has been growing very fast. What I’ve enjoyed most about my studies here is that AUT encourages students to show initiative while providing high-quality guidance for students along the way.”
Participating in the CFA Institute Research Challenge was one of the highlights of Ryan’s studies.
“In my second semester, I participated in the 2018 CFA Institute Research Challenge, representing AUT with four of my peers. We were awarded second place in the local final. We initiated coverage of Comvita Limited, and provided investment recommendations to professionals from the industry.”
Since graduating in 2019, Ryan now works as financial instruments valuation analyst at PwC New Zealand.
“My job here at PwC is mostly about derivative valuations. This requires solid knowledge of financial risk management and financial modelling, which were what I learned during my master’s degree at AUT.
“I really enjoy my career because I’m very interested in quantitative analysis, and I can apply what I’ve learnt at university to my daily work at PwC.”
His advice for other students is simple: don’t waste your time when you are at university.
“Hard work pays off. Talk to your lecturers and to professionals in the industry – the earlier you figure out your career direction, the better. You should also be confident and serious about your life.”