Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)
Diploma of Financial Services
Andrew Shavikin’s career originally started down the biological sciences route, and while he found his studies interesting, he realised it wasn’t where his passion lay.
“I really enjoyed the analytical side of the work I was doing… but knew quite early on that I didn’t want a career in the sciences. I took a break and did my Diploma of Financial Services and that’s when I realised I wanted to get into the financial industry… to see if I could help people and support them as they get their finances on track.”
Andrew joined the First Financial team in mid-2021 after working within the banking sector and superannuation industry.
“A colleague told me about the great experience he’d had working with First Financial and when I saw the Adviser Assistant role, I knew it would be a good step up for me. It was exactly the right direction for my career development.
As soon as I had my first interview, I knew that First Financial was the company I wanted to work for. Coming from a very large super fund, it’s great to be part of a smaller team with such a strong presence in the industry.
The culture here is so warm… almost like a family. That was really important to me. The team is well connected and when things need to get done, the processes are far more efficient. It’s the perfect environment for me to learn and grow.
Everyone is so easy to get along with. They are very approachable whenever you have a question or need help. It’s a great place to work!”
Working alongside Brendan Smith, Andrew is keen to continue developing his skills and help deliver positive experiences for our clients.
An avid surfer, he loves to hit the Phillip Island waves on the weekends and will even embark on a four hour mission to the other side of Victoria when the conditions are right!