Justin Bansal, alumni from Enactus Western, started his full-time job as an Associate Merchant at Loblaw Companies Limited in August 2015. His role with the company is to support the attainment of category objectives by undertaking a wide range of activities on behalf of the Senior Category Manager.
Throughout his first year on the job, he has found the role to be a lot more challenging than expected, but doesn’t claim that to be a bad thing. It has been a great learning experience for him and with everyday bringing a new challenge; he is kept on his toes.
What Justin enjoys the most about his job is working with a variety of departments including finance, vendor services, costing, supply chain, and data integrity. In addition, with Loblaw Companies Limited being one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2016, he enjoys the culture.
“Although the role can be demanding at times I’m lucky to be a part of a great team and the growth opportunities at Loblaw Companies Limited are endless,” Justin says.
Justin’s Enactus experience has helped shape him into a better individual, “I loved being surrounded by so many great role models and the projects that students from other schools were working on always amazed me. Enactus helped me develop strong communication skills, leadership skills, and team-working skills, all very crucial to my success at Loblaw.”
Justin’s advice to current students is, “Reach out to employees of the places you want to work at – find them on LinkedIn and send them a short message asking to speak to them about their career. I guarantee you they will be happy to tell you all about it.”