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Justin Knight-Salliemae
Accountant

"It's not high-profile like Investment Banking, but it's stable, solid, and I like it. It's the right choice for me."

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

Making the shift from general financial services into accounting. It's similar but I wanted to pick a central concentration. After looking into Investment Banking and Consulting, I wasn't sure they were for me. A family friend is an accountant and he suggested that might be a great avenue to explore if I wanted to be in finance but not a banker. The more research I did, the more it seemed like a good fit. It's not high-profile like Investment Banking, but it's stable, solid, and I like it. It's the right choice for me.

How did you get your big breaks?

I heard about a job opening through a friend who was working in this industry. I sent a resume in and interviewed. The standard route really.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

I did an internship in finance and I worked in financial services for awhile and decided accounting was the one for me.

What have you learned from your experience?

I talked to friends working at big inveswtment banks who say the work they do is tedious and it requires long hours. My friend works 9-9, even if she doesn't have anything to do. It's in the culture that you're gonna work your butt off, which means you're gonna work long hours even if you don't have anything to do. It's like serving jail time. This is different. I'm still involved with finance, but the rigours are created by me, by the initiative I place on myself. I would definitely recommend it to people.

What most excites you about your job right now?

I run computer models to calculate the profitability of our loans. I deal with different marketing reps that call and tell us about deals.

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