DELIGHTED: Joe Hirst (left), who is one of five winners of the USC Faculty of Arts and Business awards, with Ken Waddington, whose firm Garland Waddington Solicitors donated the prizes.
DELIGHTED: Joe Hirst (left), who is one of five winners of the USC Faculty of Arts and Business awards, with Ken Waddington, whose firm Garland Waddington Solicitors donated the prizes. Contributed

Hard work pays off for financial planning student

IT'S not an industry well known for altruism, but the next generation of financial planners could prove the cynics wrong if University of the Sunshine Coast student Joe Hirst is an example of his peers.

The 20-year-old third year student plans to make a difference to people's lives by helping them with one of life's biggest struggles: managing money.

"To be honest, throughout my high school years, I wanted to be able to help people in some way; maybe as a paramedic, but I was never very good at science," Mr Hirst said.

He decided to study financial planning because it allowed him to do "his bit" for society.

"I believe it is a way I can help people by ensuring that their finances are optimised in the most efficient manner whilst giving ethical and sound advice to help them with their future," he said.

Mr Hirst is studying commerce at the University of the Sunshine Coast, majoring in financial planning and accounting, and working full-time for family-owned Caloundra firm, Garden Financial Services.

He was recently awarded a prize for being the highest achiever in his tax and estate planning course at the USC Faculty of Arts and Business awards and prizes ceremony.

Sunshine Coast lawyer and prize donor Ken Waddington of Garland Waddington Solicitors, said he was delighted students such as Mr Hirst received his firm's sponsored awards.

"I'm inspired by people like Joe because he is intelligent, not afraid to go out on a limb to reach out to people, and truly passionate about making a difference to the lives of others," Mr Waddington said.

"The future of the financial planning industry looks bright with students like Joe entering the workforce."


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