For Oscar Oberg, a country kid from Yass, NSW, a life back on the farm after graduating school who went at Shore on Sydney Harbour in 2002 just wasn’t for him.
Instead, a five year degree in Business and Law at the University of Technology Sydney was where he wanted to be, although he admits at 18 years of age you don’t really know what you want to do.
“I wouldn’t say when I was at school in year 12 that I had a firm idea of what I was going to do. I think all I really cared about was finishing and going to schoolies.”
After finishing school, he packed his bags and set off around the world for eight months, something he recommends everyone does before settling into full-time employment. If you work hard you get what you deserve. I also think it’s important when you are in your early 20’s to do a lot of socialising, work while you are studying and and do a lot of travelling.”
Today, Oberg is the lead portfolio manager at Wilson Asset Management. He says if the class of 2022 can learn anything from him, it’s that good things take time. “Don’t get to bogged down or stressed at school or in your early 20’s if you don’t know exactly what you want to do for your career. I didn’t really get the role that I knew I would be doing for the rest of my life until I was 28.”
Originally published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 2022.