Graduate profile

Daniel Wilson

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Daniel Wilson

  • Studied: Bachelor of Agricultural Economics
  • Now works in: Debt and Derivatives Sales team at Deutsche Bank

Starting a career in finance as the global finance crisis hit might seem like a difficult challenge for some but for Daniel Wilson, who completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney, he relished the challenges it brought and recognised the opportunities available.

Daniel is currently working in the Debt and Derivatives Sales team at Deutsche Bank and says “I see myself in a good position from the perspective that I have been able to grow my career during a time when the industry is undergoing significant change. I feel that exposure, from a very junior level, to varied and at times difficult financial times has given me a good foundation and understanding for whatever the future holds.”

The theory taught by members of the economics faculty, complimented by the applied nature of the agriculture course, provides an all-round understanding of economic theories. Daniel says, “My course gave me a sound base knowledge of how markets work. I particularly found the excel modelling courses from agriculture to be invaluable in my current role.”

The professional placements in the course were both rewarding and helpful for Daniel’s career. His first placement was at a marino stud farm, which gave valuable insight into the structure of the business and how its operators managed cashflows over periods of high returns as well as low.

Daniel’s second professional placement was at AMP Capital Investments in the Investment/Asset Origination Team. He says “This placement helped my career by giving me good insight into the corporate banking world, while also allowing for me to develop on the skills I had learned at uni in a more practical and applied context such as analysing company financial reports.”

“In the future I see myself still working in the markets as I enjoy the dynamic nature of the industry and work environment,” he says.