Fi­nan­cial con­cerns start early

Ash­ley Daykin, le­gal ad­min­is­tra­tion as­sis­tant, Daykin Fam­ily Law

The Gympie Times - - CAREERS -

Is this your first job?

I had ca­sual hos­pi­tal­ity jobs through high school but this is my first job since leav­ing school.

I am work­ing while study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Laws (Honours) at QUT.

Did you learn much about fi­nance while at school?

At school we didn’t re­ally learn any­thing about su­per­an­nu­a­tion or tax. I knew some­what what su­per was be­cause when I had ca­sual jobs I had them open su­per ac­counts for me, but I never had a sec­ond thought about it be­cause it wasn’t in my daily life.

Even now, I think so many peo­ple around the same age as my­self (19) have no idea or have a vague idea but not to the point where they re­ally care about it.

What made you de­cide to think about your fi­nances?

My mum works in su­per so she has en­cour­aged me to look into it. Young peo­ple need to be taught about su­per and keep on top of it.

Find­ing out what ac­counts you have is re­ally easy or you can open a new ac­count and give them author­ity to roll them all into one.

When I did that I got an email and was ex­pect­ing to see maybe $10 in my su­per ac­count but there was over $400 in there.

Do you think fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy is be­com­ing more im­por­tant for young peo­ple?

I think peo­ple now have more se­ri­ous jobs when they are younger.

Be­cause I am study­ing law, there are many peo­ple I know who are work­ing in the le­gal in­dus­try al­ready to get a com­pet­i­tive edge. They want pro­fes­sional jobs while at uni whereas when my par­ents were young they would be at uni and work ca­sual jobs and that was fine.


SU­PER KEEN: Uni stu­dent Ash­ley Daykin from Bris­bane works part-time at a law of­fice and is keep­ing a close eye on her fi­nances.

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