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October 15, 2021

Sameena Khanam, CPP Investments

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: 

Director, Quality Assurance, Technology and Data Delivery 

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

I was a kid with above average grades, not the best or lowest in class. I have no idea what I would have been voted “most likely to…” I used to meet and talk with everyone in class but no best friend. If I meet some of my high school cohorts today, most of them say they remember my smile.

Skills I rely on most in my role:

The skills I rely on are critical thinking & problem solving, and inquisitiveness.

Q:  What preparations or prerequisites are important to work in tech/data that a Grade 9 student can begin to think about?

Joining a technology and data team is not just about coding. At CPP Investments, we have different roles that are part of the Technology and Data group. Based on your interest and understanding what you enjoy, there are various roles that can be pursued in IT. If you have passion for technology/computers and are detail-oriented and a problem-solver, tech and data is the place to be. Here are some:
App Engineers - Understand the business needs and develop software solutions (creating code/script to design the software).
 
Business Analysts – Responsible for bridging the gap between IT and business groups. They assess business processes, determine requirements (business needs) and recommend areas for improvement.
 
Data Analysts - Determine how data can be used in order to answer questions and solve problems. They study what’s happening now to identify trends and make predictions about the future.
 
Project Managers - Are leaders who are accountable for the success or failure of a project. They lead specific projects that have schedules, timelines and budgets that need to be met.
 
Quality Engineers - A quality assurance analyst tests software to ensure it functions properly and efficiently and makes suggestions to management about how to make it function better.
Suggested Ontario curriculum streams to explore if you want to pursue an IT career:
 
1.    Computer Studies – Available from Grade 10 onwards
2.    Business Studies – Available from Grade 9 onwards
3.    Technology Studies – Communication and Computer Technology – Available from Grade 10 onwards
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