Altair Gobo ’74
Certified Financial Planner
In 1974, Gobo graduated with a BA in psychology, but quickly decided to use his subject knowledge to teach. Returning to school, he earned himself a teaching certificate and taught high school psychology and history for seven years. Through this experience he learned classroom management and a new understanding of student engagement.
“I would often hear students say they’re never going to use what they’re learning, so I began to try to use real world examples to try to reach them,” says Gobo.
Whether mathematical problems or psychological theories, Gobo tried to demonstrate to students the real-world value to what they were being taught. He has since left the traditional teaching profession and is now a certified financial planner, a career that still allows him to utilize his background in human behavior and passion for teaching. These realities are part of what he’ll share with students today as he has guest lectured at Montclair State University. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member, faculty coordinator and academic advisor at other local universities.
As for his advice to students; to become an interesting person simply means to be open-minded and not afraid to explore courses outside one’s content area. Sometimes it’s these courses and life experiences that lead to pleasant surprises, as Gobo himself has experienced first-hand. As a teacher, he gained a sense of understanding people in a way that psychology text books didn’t provide him. And as a result, his experience with one-on-one relationships is now a critical part of his profession as a financial planner.