Here’s My Not-So-Brief Info
My name is Sakda (Laosakulthai) Sappapanyawong, or in Thai, ศักดา สรรพปัญญาวงศ์.
People usually call me with my nick name, which is “A” or “เอ”.
However, I was told once by some westerners that my nick name, “A”, is kind of weird.
And I recognize how weird it’s in the eyes of foreigners but I feel OK. to live with it.
Back to 1983
I was born in the up-country of Thailand known as, Maha Sarakham province.
I spent my childhood years mainly in the second biggest province in the north east
of Thailand, Khon Kaen. There, I studied for my vocational certified in
Machine Mechanics, or in Thai, ปวช. สาขาช่างกลโรงงาน, the technical degree
that may not be recognized by some Thais and has been disregarded for some time.
But life was like a roller coaster, when I had a chance to go to Bangkok,
the capital of Thailand, to study for a degree in Engineering.
My Engineering Years
Studying production engineering, the field concerning management of
industrial production and manufacturing processes, at King Mongkut’s
University of Technology, KMUTNB, formerly KMITNB, was very challenging,
at least for me.
With limited knowledge of basic sciences like physics and chemistry,
the subjects I rarely learned in my vocation certified degree,
I finally managed to capture the common senses of engineer,
especially on analytical and structural thinking.
These two senses were the keys that paved the way for me when I first met
with finance through investing in a stock market.
Entering the Business World
It was around my senior year at KMUTNB when I started to invest fundamentally in
mutual funds and stocks. At that time, I realized that investment is what everyone
should care about and plan wisely for it. That’s the reason that I chose to go to
NIDA Business School, one of the leading business schools in Thailand,
to study for an MBA degree with Finance and OM concentrations.
Everything at NIDA worked out very well for me, thanks to my engineering background that
eased me in critical thinking, which was used extensively in my MBA years.
Later, I even had a chance to apply OM knowledge in improving my family business
through shop’s renovation and some improvements in merchandising and
inventory management. Although the job was very enlightening ,
I still couldn’t see myself fit in the business arena at all.
Explore the World of Finance
Throughout my years at NIDA Business School, I participated a lot in areas
concerning Finance. I was a teaching assistance in Financial Management course.
Having assisted the professor, who I considered him a role model for
a university professor, had shed some light for me in pursuing a career in teaching.
However, I still wanted to know what is out there in the finance world.
I was involved as a participant in the students’ competition held by
the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) twice. The name of the competition was
the Young Financial Star competition, or YFS.
In this annually-held competition, participants can choose to compete in
either, financial planner track or stock researcher track.
In 2007, I chose a financial planner track and won as a
TOP10 Money Management Ambassador.
And this was the time I fell in love with the field
“Personal Financial Planning” and still in love with it today.
Now I’m preparing to get a CFP, Certified Financial Planner, designation.
In 2008, I participated in a stock researcher track.
This time, I won 1st place as MAI Star Researcher 2008.
(MAI is an alternative stock market in Thailand)
Having employed various analytical techniques in this competition,
I’ve gained valuable experience. I also got a CFA scholarship as a reward.
Therefore, I got hard work to do since the exam is on this coming DEC.
Heading for an Academic Career
Having had chances to participate in YFS competition, I’ve learned a lot
especially about people. I made a lot of friends who share the same
interest in Finance as I do. Eventually, I decided that I want to be the one
who supports and inspires these young people in terms of giving them knowledge.
I truly believe that I am capable of doing this hard work.
* This blog has been created with my intention to share with other Thais
who’re interested in Finance or ‘re planning to pursue a PhD abroad.
I will try to record anything that I consider important in this blog.
For me, every step toward one’s dreams is worth remembering.
I don’t know what the future holds. I may end up not being accepted
by any universities I applied for, but I’ll try my best regardless of the result.
At least, I will have grown up.