Long before Linda moved to Canada in 1999, she knew she wanted to work in financial services. It took less than a year for the advantages of a career with RBC to make a favourable impression.
Currently an Assistant Financial Advisor within the Business Financial Services Finance Group located in Toronto, Linda allowed us a glimpse into what a career with RBC means to her – and can mean to you.
The reputation of RBC as a financial institution – “the largest in Canada” – attracted Linda’s attention early in her career and she joined in 2000 as an Account Representative. Two promotions later and six months into her current role, she’s assisting Financial Advisors, handling a portfolio related to business deposits in Canadian Banking. Her responsibilities include opportunities to be involved in a variety of special projects, like redesigning a service pricing model or analyzing portfolio breakdowns for investment certificates valued at over $1 million.
Linda appreciates the commitment RBC managers have to an employee’s career development. “They ensure we fully understand what our roles are and how they impact RBC’s performance.” In addition to the internal job opportunity website, RBC provides full-day finance training forums, field visits and office tours of Business Financial Service Centres – opportunities to meet business partners and “develop visual and personal connections with the people we support and further understand their business.” Linda is also on a Lunch-and-Learn committee, organizing sessions for finance teams within the Canadian banking community. According to Linda, there’s tremendous room for career development and support for personal growth: “RBC offers the possibility to have many careers within the same company.”
RBC supports a healthy balance between work and life. Says Linda, “My boss trusts me to get the job done. I know what is required and how I need to prioritize work to meet deadlines. So I have a real sense of control of my desk, and this extends to my personal life. It’s great to know that I have the flexibility to work from home if it makes my life easier – juggling my 10-year-old daughter’s school requirements and appointments, even recovering from jet lag after an overseas holiday!”
Linda volunteers in her community through RBC’s involvement in the United Way Days of Caring initiatives. She has also been invited to speak at the Information Centre for the Chinese Community to introduce new immigrants and foreign-trained professionals to the Canadian finance and banking industry and the Certified General Accountants (CGA) designation.
Linda enjoys how she’s able to keep learning and progressing – success in her current role will open the door to growing her skills in the area of advisory services and analytics. The variety of functions and the scope of her special projects make every day interesting, while the future holds projects of increasing complexity that will require new depths of analysis, insight and thinking – challenges that suit Linda well.