Alumni Profile - Peter Esho (BCom '04)
Name: Peter Esho
Current Position, Organisation: Chief Market Analyst - City Index
Describe yourself in 3 words: Organised, Radical, Analytical
Nationality/cultural identity: Assyrian Heritage
Languages spoken: English, Assyrian, Arabic
Countries lived/worked in: Kuwait, UAE, USA, Singapore, Australia
Best book you have read in the last 12 months: Antifragility by Nassim Taleb
Motto to live/work by: Life is shaped by your thoughts, so think big.
Linkedin Profile: au.linkedin.com/in/peteresho
Why did you choose to study at the University of Sydney Business School?
My father drove me past the campus one day on our way to the city when I was around 10 years old. He said one day you should aim to come and study at this university. So that stayed with me and I made it my goal. I was fortunate enough to have parents who encouraged me to strive for tertiary education, having themselves not had the chance to study because of problems in their home country. Parents should always encourage their children to pursue greatness. USYD was my first preference and I was lucky enough to have just scraped through to enter my Commerce course.
What is your most favourite memory from your time at the University?
Graduation - walking into the hall with so much history around you and knowing that you are now ready to enter the real world and make a difference. After all the years of hard studying, I was eager to enter the real world.
What does being a University of Sydney Business School alumnus/na mean to you?
It's a great honour to be part of a group of like minded people who worked hard, persevered through their studies and in the end want to give back to others their experiences. That's what helps build a progressive society, when individual members seek to improve upon their own generation.
How did your time at the Business School change you both professionally and personally?
Growing up in South West Sydney, USYD introduced me to other like minded people who achieved similar school results and wanted the same career as me. It was the first opportunity to meet and network with these people, some of which are still my very good friends today – others whom I regularly see through my work.
What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Disappeared to the Caribbean and United States for a much needed break.
What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career to date?
Knowing that I'm building a better future for my family - my beautiful wife who supports me and my two young children. When you have purpose in your life, you are able to turn vision and goals into reality much easier.
What business person inspired you most?
Aristotle Onassis was one of the wealthiest men in his time and ran a global shipping empire from cafes and restaurants. He didn't have an office, kept notes in a personal diary and would take calls from public places. Just goes to show that to be successful in business, you need to be unique and work around what is comfortable for you.
What are some of your favourite things about Sydney?
The heritage is fantastic, the buildings and architecture make you feel that you are part of a long history chain.
What would you say to a prospective student who is considering study at the Business School?
Try your best to go out and get work experience while undergoing your studies, even if it means doing some free days with your local firm in whatever you want to study. A degree is one tool in an overall toolbox which you will need to enter the workforce. Don't wait until you finish because the task becomes a lot harder.
Any other comments
Enjoy university life, learn as much as you can and network with all the fantastic people that you are combined with. Nassim Taleb is a great author if you're studying Business and Finance, well worth reading his books while you are completing your studies.