Pictured (L to R): Griffith University's Jamie Lee Fraser and Deakin University's Aaron Mynard and Molly McGinn.
For the first time in the competition’s 11-year history there has been a tie for first place in AMP’s annual University Challenge. Jamie Lee Fraser from Griffith University has shared top honours with Molly McGinn and Aaron Mynard from Deakin University. Jamie, Molly and Aaron will share in the combined first and second place prize money.
AMP University Challenge is a national financial planning competition for tertiary students that aims to identify promising new talent and promote high standards of education and professionalism among the next generation of advisers.
More than 5,600 students from 30 universities across Australia have participated in the Challenge since it commenced in 2011, with many going on to join the financial advice profession.
The University of Wollongong's Sarah Officer takes part in a virtual client meeting.
Winners receive $5,000 in prize money, with AMP Chief Executive Alexis George and AMP Director of Advice Matt Lawler were on-hand to talk to the finalists. The final placings for this year’s event, judged by a panel of industry experts, were:
1st place: Jamie Lee Fraser (Griffith University) tied with Molly McGinn and Aaron Mynard (Deakin University)
2nd place: n/a
3rd place: Sharon Maher, Eric Lui, Brad Hooke (Deakin University)
4th place: John Ravetali (University of Technology Sydney)
5th place: Sarah Officer (University of Wollongong)
Joint winner Jamie Lee Fraser from Griffith University, said:
“It's really great that AMP is supporting the up-and-coming students who are looking to get into the industry, not only through this event, but also through the scholarships that the organisation provides to the universities. It's a big help for us.”
AMP Director of Advice Matt Lawler, said:
“For many years AMP’s Uni Challenge has been an important event in supporting and promoting financial advice as a profession and bringing on the next generation of talented and educated advisers.
“Well done to the more than 500 students from around Australia who participated in this year’s event, and a particular congratulations to our finalists, and eventual winners Jamie Lee, Molly and Aaron.”
AMP Director of Advice Matt Lawler addresses our Finals Day competitors.
The AMP University Challenge is integrated into the curriculum and assessment for students studying financial planning majors at Central Queensland University, Deakin University, Griffith University, TAFE NSW, University of Wollongong, Charles Sturt University and Western Sydney University.
Finalists are tested on their technical knowledge, undertake a mock advice interview with two clients and delivered a presentation on how to attract and advise millennial clients. The finals were also a chance for the students to speak with senior advice professionals and financial planning academics and get advice on their studies and career opportunities.
More information is available at ampuniversitychallenge.com.au