Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French
Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Economics
Business Analyst, Macquarie Capital Advisers
Hamish's interest in business, and UC honours level study have enabled him to secure his ideal job as a Business Analyst with Macquarie Capital.
'Macquarie offers an exciting and innovative work environment with a dedicated, intelligent and fun group of people. I really enjoy the challenges presented by the business and financial sector, and combining this with a job where there is plenty of social interaction and leadership opportunities is fantastic.'
Hamish was drawn to UC by the strong reputation of the College of Business and Economics, the great student and campus lifestyle, and its proximity to Mount Hutt ski field.
'I was always interested in business, but not really sure about which subjects to study. In my first year, I took a variety of commerce subjects to see what appealed to me the most. Right from the start, I found Economics both interesting and challenging as first-year Economics lecturer, Stephen Hickson, presented the course material in such an engaging manner.'
Hamish found his honours year both stimulating and demanding. 'While not fun at the time, the late nights studying with my honours class on the fifth floor of the Commerce Building are now something that I look back on fondly!
'In my honours year, I researched the effects of Fixed Price Offers on final sale prices in Trade Me auctions. My research supervisor, Dr Laura Meriluoto, was exceptional and this project really furthered my interest in economics.'
In his last two years at UC, Hamish was heavily involved in UCom, the University of Canterbury Commerce Society. 'Working with such a great group of like-minded people really added another dimension to my UC experience,' he says. UCom provided Hamish with the opportunity to apply and hone his management, leadership, negotiation and other business skills while having a lot of fun and running numerous successful events.
'There are so many resources and opportunities at UC that are not handed to you, but are there for the taking. In an industry where competition for jobs is very high, you need to make the most of these. They are what set you apart from all the other applicants graduating from New Zealand universities each year.'