- Analytical skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Attention to detail
- Technical skills: programming
- Writing skills
- Time management
- Learns quickly
- 9am: Update and distribute risk reports
- 11am: Review data inputs and reports
- 12pm: Team meeting on risk reporting
- 1pm: Midday update of all risk reports
- 3pm: Gather risk data from internal & external sources
- 4pm: Provide all trading desks risk reports
- 5pm: Review any outstanding risk issues with MD
Meet Sandra Kagango, Risk Management
Why did you pick your program and university?
I chose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, with a specialization in Finance because I believed I needed a strong foundation of quantitative and technical skills to have a successful career in finance. For undergrad, I was impressed with Trent University for three reasons: 1) its emphasis on undergraduate education, 2) its relatively small class sizes and, 3) the high caliber of its faculty. For graduate work, I pursued the Master of Financial Economics at the University of Western because it provided an in-depth understanding of financial theory, but also the economics framework upon which that theory is based. I chose Western University for its reputation as one of the top finance school programs and the high caliber of faculty.
What made you decide to pursue finance once you started university?
I decided to pursue finance because I wanted to work in an industry that is fast-paced, competitive and that has real-life implications on my life. It felt empowering to pursue a career in financial markets.
What kind of internships or job experience did you complete while in school?
At Trent University, I primarily held positions as a teaching assistant. While completing my master’s degree, I had an internship in the Fixed Income Group at National Bank Financial and held a teaching assistant position at the Ivey Business School.
Describe your current role and your typical day.
My current role as an Associate in the Risk Management Solutions Group involves advising companies on managing market-related risks (i.e., interest rates, foreign exchange and commodities). My typical day involves providing market commentary and analysis, pricing derivative products, processing trades and providing overall guidance and advice to clients.
What's one piece of advice that you would give someone in high school looking to a career in your field?
To be well-rounded, develop strong communication and interpersonal skills and be curious about global financial markets.
Meet Caitlin Gag, Risk Management