Altair Gobo ’74

Certified Financial Planner

“Become an interesting person,” is the advice that Altair Gobo often finds himself telling today’s college students. A graduate of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Gobo has stayed connected with his alma mater in a growing number of ways throughout the years. He is currently a member of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences advisory council, has been a guest speaker to the university’s psychology club and this past spring, he and his financial services company established a scholarship for a CHSS undergraduate student. Needless to say, Gobo himself has continued to represent how a Montclair State alumnus can remain connected to the university after earning his degree.

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.