Not many people can say they have accomplished as much as Andrew has by the age of 21, but Andrew has always been up for a challenge. That’s how he keeps motivated.
Andrew approached a member of the RBC team at one of the many Enactus community events he has helped organize. The exchange resulted in an invite to the RBC offices. What the RBC employee thought was going to be a simple career discussion later turned into a job offer for Andrew.
“Being the president of Enactus Windsor is like running a business and has helped me develop the skills to think like a business owner,” says Andrew.
The skills that Enactus has helped him hone are just one of the many reasons he was hired by RBC.
Leading the Enactus Windsor team while also working in the branch of another large financial institute and completing his full-time university studies has taught Andrew how to manage his time efficiently and effectively. At Enactus alone there are often 20 or more different projects and tasks happening concurrently, not to mention the job training and term papers and exams Andrew completed during this time. In addition, Enactus has helped Andrew figure out his leadership style and understand what motivates people.
As a newly trained Branch Manager at RBC, Andrew’s main responsibility is developing and executing a strategic plan to ultimately help the branch grow its business. He does this by leading and supporting his team of Financial Advisors, Banking Advisors, Client Advisors, as well as his partner’s team of Financial Planners, Mortgage Specialists, and Investment and Retirement Planners to help them reach their individual goals. He is also responsible for observational coaching and career development for his team and acts as one of the lead hiring managers for the Windsor-Essex region.
“Helping develop other people and being the inspiration that helps them get to that next point in life,” is what Andrew says he enjoys most about his position on his Enactus team.
When asked, “Why work for RBC?” Andrew says, “RBC’s culture is what drew him to the bank.” He adds, “RBC’s values align with those of my own, making the organization a natural choice as an employer.”
In the past year RBC Windsor-Essex has hired six Enactus Windsor members into different roles, which speaks to the connectivity of the Enactus community.
“Never underestimate the network that you have around you,” are Andrew’s words of advice. “The people you are working with on your Enactus team are future leaders. Everything that you are doing is going to positively or negatively reflect on your character and how people perceive you.”