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October 15, 2021

Casey White, CIBC Mellon

This profile is part of a series in support of Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 3, 2021. Launched in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work Day is the most recognized career exploration event in Canada. With the pandemic continuing to change how students learn, the 27th annual Take Our Kids to Work Day presented by RBC Future Launch will be back with a virtually delivered look at the world of work for Grade 9 students across Canada.
 
This year’s theme – You Belong Here! – will expose young minds, as they enter their first year of high school, to a wide range of careers reflecting the full diversity of students, interests and the future world of work.
 
To learn more and register, go to takeourkidstowork.ca.

Job title:

Assistant Vice President, Fund Accounting

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

be the planner. I was often the one who did the planning in projects, extra curriculars, and in leadership roles I took. 

The skills I rely on most in my role:

Organization and problem solving. Both are necessary to keep on top of all the priorities I have as well as the big picture items for my team. Also to help my team solve issues that come their way, even if I don’t know the answer straight away!

Q: What advice do you have for high school students who may be interested in your field of work? 

Taking accounting, business and finance classes when you can is a big step in the right direction. Try to also learn excel and take in what you can about financial markets. However, the thing I would recommend most is to develop your ability to problem solve. 
 
This will benefit you no matter where your career takes you. Practice thinking through problems, identifying opportunities, and play the scenarios out. When you have your first job, and you run into an issue you can’t solve,  your manager will love that you present solutions, not just problems.
 
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