However, simple actions like setting up salary sacrificing, switching investment options, and making sure her contributions were up to date helped give Diana’s mother not only greater confidence in her finances, but a sense of excitement about her super too.
“Many people are scared of retirement, because they don’t know whether they will be okay financially, so they procrastinate with their super. They’re very uncertain,” Diana explained.
“Just simplifying things and speaking in plain English gave my mother greater confidence about her position, and also helped her understand what she can do to put herself in a better position.”
When the opportunity arose to join the Qantas Super team as a Super Adviser this year, she jumped at the chance.
“Qantas Super is a fantastic community. I had always felt a strong sense of family, support, trust, ownership, and genuine care for members in all my interactions with the Qantas Super team,” Diana said.
“When I had the opportunity to come on board, I already felt like I was part of the family.”
Diana and the rest of the Qantas Super advice team travel across Australia to meet members at a time and location that suits them. The service is provided at no additional cost to members.
As she travels to bases around the country, Diana is passionate about helping more members understand and get excited about their super.
“Super starts at your first job. Your employer contributes on your behalf every year to what is essentially a bank account with your name on it,” Diana said.
“This grows with you throughout your working career, to the point that when you retire it could potentially be one of your largest financial assets, outside your family home. Considering the magnitude of what it could become, I want people to take more interest.”