Why economics enabled me to escape my parents!

I studied economics at school initially to escape being taught by my parents! (My parents were both teachers at my school and between them they covered most other elements of the core curriculum - but not economics). But as time went on, I discovered that economics can be fun and plays a role in all areas of our lives. For example, economic analysis can determine the price we pay for goods and services, terms of international trade or even explain how we behave through the study of behavioural finance. You only need to read Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner and you’ll be hooked!

After completing a Bachelor of Economics, I embarked on a career in asset management which has empowered me to work and travel all over the world. Growing up in Hobart, Tasmania, the idea of living in Melbourne, Sydney and London or going on business trips across Europe and the USA seemed like a dream. My career has also sparked a passion for superannuation and a want to contribute to an industry that can make a difference, helping people have a more secure retirement. Like F3, I also advocate for diversity and for women to join the finance industry. In my experience it's a dynamic and flexible place to work. I'm constantly pushing the boundaries and solving new problems creatively. In asset management, there is never a dull day!

Cassandra Crowe, Research Manager, NAB; Director, CFA Society of Sydney