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October 15, 2021

Jessica Laura Herbu, RBC

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: 

Team Manager Invest-by-Phone Advisors Onebound

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

have great adventures

The skills I rely on most in my role are:  

Collaboration and communication

Q: What are some of the issues you deal with working at a bank?

Since the bank has many different tools and platforms it uses, a variety of issues can happen! They can be from technology: as simple as the network not connecting at a branch; to the impact the market has on the business and our clients: markets not performing great so investments are going down; and even to us as employees: having some hard and sensitive conversations with our clients, for example, assisting with an estate.
The great thing is that we have partners for any of these situations to help and guide us to ensure we can fix and answer any situation; we are not alone.

Q: How do you balance your work life with other parts of your life?

This a common question I get especially being in a managerial position. I think what best helps me is that I make sure to always schedule in some personal time for things I really enjoy and that keep me going: for example, going to the gym, having a get-together with friends, or even just taking a walk around the block after my shift.
These pieces of ‘me time’ permit me to disconnect from work and stay grounded. Once I’ve disconnected, it’s easier for me to focus on other parts of my life. A saying I heard once and that I find fits this question is “It's not about managing our schedule but our energy.” Put your energy into what you love and want, and the balance will be automatic.
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