2018 Graduate Programme, Theola Leung

27.09.18

On joining Goshawk’s graduate program in June 2018 after completing the Aviation Finance Masters at UCD Smurfit, I was provided with an opportunity to gain practical industry experience and apply financial concepts learned during my studies. In the program I will complete rotations in the treasury and credit risk departments. The program is well structured yet I also have the scope to be creative with my inputs on projects supported by the entrepreneurial spirit of the business. From the beginning, I was paired up with a mentor who able to give me guidance in the role and company as well as provide insights into the industry.
 
In Treasury, I was given responsibilities right away and exposure to critical deals in the business.  A typical day involves a mixture of both operational tasks and strategic projects. At a transactional level, an example for the finance of an aircraft is to build out amortization tables for new loans. An interesting treasury project I worked on was to analyze debt facilities and swaps to confirm the effective cost of capital. Another cross-functional project I worked on was to develop a financial model to evaluate and optimize trade opportunities within an aircraft portfolio.  Every day, I collaborate with colleagues from different functions in the business. Everyone is given the opportunity to engage with senior leadership and ideas from all levels are heard.
 
With a fast-paced work environment, I am able to see impact of the work I do for the team and how it contributes to the company’s success. Goshawk values excellence and entrepreneurship in their employees and is not shy in celebrating the wins – for example in the week I started, two new aircraft were delivered and there was celebration for the achievement.