Hello Everyone,

I hope that you all are doing great. Did anyone start at the bottom of the bank and work their way up the ladder?

I have an interview tomorrow for Scotiabank. It is a part time role as I'm currently finishing my business diploma (most probably leading to full time). It is a 25% raise from my current job as a pawn broker.

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Thank you very much. I will look into it

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This is recent for me but I think it’s key to have a great leader who is knowledgeable and has that mentor/coaching personality. Good question to ask during interviews.

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It is definitely doable. I can’t speak for ScotiaBank but I started at Fifth Third as a Banker and moved up fairly quickly and gained experience in many fields. Like you, I came onboard with the mentality of becoming an Investment Advisor/Wealth Management. Because of my drive and my performance, I was chosen to get get my FINRA 6 and 63, and state life and health licenses as a banker. It was paid for and they even provided me with 4hrs (paid) out of my work day to study for it (3month period). I was then chosen to go and get my 7 and 66 but decided I wanted to try a different Avenue. Went into commercial and learned that side of the business. Then I discovered my passion was in leadership so I became a manager (I’ve been in a few departments). On top of that, there are many hats that you wear in each role (client relationship manager, risk and compliance manager, financial advisor, credit analyst, project manager, etc) which can open doors outside of the banking world.

My advice is think long term in terms of your own goals as well as where you think the banking industry will be. Banking won’t be going away BUT I’m fairly certain the banking you think of today will not be the same in 10 years. So, gain as much experience and learn as many skills as you can.

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