(L-R) Angus Uwland, Chaise Murray, and James Elsworthy

A trio of students from Deakin University – Angus Uwland, Chaise Murray, and James Elsworthy – emerged victorious from the 2023 AMP University Challenge, a competition that promotes financial planning excellence, identifies emerging talent, and fosters professionalism in future advisers. 

Participants were put through a series of tests, including a mock interview with an unexpected twist in client circumstances. It proved challenging, but the students embraced the opportunity to test their skills beyond academia. 

Uwland, Murray, and Elsworthy are grateful for the experience. 

“[I felt] vindication that our studies are on the right track for the profession and acknowledged by people actually in the industry, not just lecturers and markers – industry people [who] actually recognise [our] work has been to a good quality,” Uwland tells Professional Planner. 

Murray says it “really cool experience” to be recognised as potential advisers in the future by those industry peers and judges who are alreadyin the profession. 

Elsworthy says  the competition was also “the icing on the cake” upon completing his  degree. 

“I’m proud of what we achieved,” he says.

Uwland says the competition enhanced their understanding of the advice industry. 

“It just reiterated to me how much the industry people put in actual communication,” he says. 

“It’s not just about the technical work, it’s building those relationships and being able to adjust on the fly and all that little stuff. That is important, but it probably doesn’t get taught or can’t be taught at university level.”