Raechel was a student at Tumut High from 1998 in Year 7 to Year 12 in 2003. Her favourite subject was PDHPE because it was always fun to have a class that does sport to get outside and mingle with friends. She also enjoyed Community and Family Studies as she did well at the subject and liked the content. Raechel found English very interesting and engaging. Her favourite teacher was Mrs Cotterill in Maths as she was very friendly and very easy to understand when it came to maths.
Raechel said her favourite memory of THS was the friendship circles. "Once you leave school, real life begins - working life and friends become distant for a while before you re-connect outside of school. Enjoy your school time while you can, because it goes too fast (and every adult will tell you that!)"
When Raechel finished school she didn't know what she wanted to do with ideas of studying for a PE Teacher or Radiography. At this stage Financial Planning was not considered as Maths was not her favourite subject. After a break working at Coles and with the belief things happen for a reason, Raechel says she was lucky to fall in to her profession, but it wasn't without hard work. After a traineeship with Tumut Shire Council she knew to pursue office work and she landed a job in Gundagai as Paraplanner/Office Assistant in a Financial Planning firm. Two years later Raechel was working full time for a Financial Planning business in Tumut. Her love for studying and wanting to further her education saw her enrol in a Diploma of Financial Planning. Raechel recalls "At this point in time I had opportunities to become a Financial Planner, but at 21 years of age I felt I was too young to be meeting with clients and receive a level of respect of someone who knows what they are talking about with regard to finances – and up until around age 30 that was one of my biggest challenges." Raechel became fully qualified at the age of 25 after completing Advanced Diploma and Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.
More study for Raechel who wanted a degree under her belt - gave her accreditation in Self Managed Superannuation Funds and a Certificate IV and Diploma of Mortgage Broking before final graduation in 2018 with her Masters of Financial Planning. Raechel advises all her studies were completed via distance whilst working full time.
An opportunity in 2013 to become part owner of the business where Raechel worked has led to her being a 50% equity holder in the business. Raechel says "I thoroughly enjoy my job and I am very glad I work as a Financial Planner."
Raechel would like to offer the following advice to our students:
"With high school comes a lot of pressure to decide what you want to be and what you want to do when you leave school. It’s okay not to know what you want to be straight away.
Remember your current path may not be your final destination. It is okay not to go to university straight away – there are alternative options. It is okay to work straight away if that’s what you choose. Not going to uni straight away doesn’t mean you won’t ever get your degree if that is what you want to achieve.
I always wanted to have a degree, I never achieved that goal until I was 33 years old and I love my job and career path."
Thank you to Raechel for sharing her story.