Friday, 27 April 2018 17:32

YES CFO on his way to Wall Street

Written by VCTeam

Local teenager Nathan Hyland was a finance star in last year’s Young Enterprise Scheme. Now the Otumoetai College Year 13 is headed to the United States in July as part of Crimson Education’s Future Financier’s Delegation. Read on for more from this remarkable young man…

“I’ve always looked forward to being a part of Young Enterprise Scheme, from student orientation evening in Year 8 when I saw the Year 12 and 13s with their businesses and taking home the profits. That always appealed to me. Last year my team and I had the same passion for business. I’ve always been a finance enthusiast - always checking the national business report, stock markets, annual and quarterly reviews, etc. I’ve always had a passion for numbers, excelling at statistics and mathematics throughout all my schooling, along with loving my current subjects - business, accounting and economics.

Three of our team from last year have entered YES again this year, forming a new company, Little Koko, with two additional members. We’re developing a fruit roll-up product which we intend to take to retail. We switched up our management structure a bit, I’ve stepped down to solely focus on the finance role as it was difficult working both roles last year.
We hope this new structure will help us stay more focused and improve our chances of success at YES regionals this year. We’ll be defending our 2017 YES awards of Best Annual Report and Financial Management Award.

A few months ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and stumbled on an ad for “Future Financiers Delegation - Be the next WOLF of WALL STREET”.
It immediately caught my eye - I’ve watched the movie countless times and was attracted to the phrase “Future Financiers”.

So I proceeded with my research and application. Crimson Education focuses on Kiwi high school students who want to explore more about the world of both universities and opportunities. They provide support for overseas tertiary applications, to universities such as Harvard and Stanford, and provide experiences such as the Future Financiers Delegation. The FFD focuses on expanding the knowledge and connections of financial enthusiasts in New Zealand, through visiting Wall Street, Goldman Sachs, MIT, Harvard, Yale, and so on.

I’m really looking forward to meeting other finance enthusiasts who share the same passions as me, making new friends and improving my international connections and personal knowledge in the finance and investment sector, which I hope to pursue a career in. Obviously I’ll also use the information gained to my own benefit in both employment and personal investments. 

I am also currently in the middle of a five-day Business Bootcamp run through Massey University in Albany which has already been an eye-opener to other business enthusiasts and business connections. There are more than 50 students and I’ve been staying with both them, alumni and lecturers.

Next year I plan to go to university to study a Bachelor of Commerce/Business majoring in Finance and Economics at University of Canterbury, Victoria University, Massey Albany or Otago. I am also interested in completing an overseas study experience in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia or America to further my international university and business experiences. After university I want to pursue a career in the finance/investment sector with financial dealing, investment advisory, investment banking, as a stockbroker. I may even work on Wall Street or elsewhere overseas in this area of expertise."

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