Thank you Business Banking Technology

On January 3rd, 2017, I entered 55 Yonge Street as an extremely nervous 19 year old. I didn’t know what to expect as I came into the department knowing close to nothing about IT or Project Management. As the youngest and most inexperienced employee in the entire office, there have been many times where I felt as if I didn’t belong. But with the guidance, support and friendliness of the people mentioned in this post, these negative feelings were quick to disappear.

During my time at CIBC, I’ve gained so much more than I expected to receive. This renowned institution has allowed me to grow on so many different levels and no words can justify how grateful I am to have had this opportunity. Furthermore, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be continuing my CIBC journey as I have recently accepted my offer to become a Junior Marketing Analyst on the Digital team! With that being said, I just wanted to take the time to express my extreme gratitude to those who have made my first-term an unforgettable experience.

First and foremost, to Camille and John: 
Without the two of you, continuing my journey at CIBC wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you Camille for sending me a list of hiring managers at CIBC while expecting nothing in return. Thank you John for the time you took to speak, as well as interview me. I truly enjoyed meeting your team and look forward to working for such a talented group of professionals!

To my fellow Co-Ops, Archit, Simran, Lyn, Prakatheesh, Osaru, Pahul & Sherling:

Working in a corporate environment directly translates to being a professional adult at all times. However, spending time with you guys acted as my “mini-escape” from the intensity that was associated with the job. Each and every one of you has made my BBT journey so much more enjoyable. So thank you all for reminding me of my youth through our goofy conversations and countless inside jokes.

To my mentor & good friend, Prakatheesh:

I honestly wouldn’t be sitting here writing this article if it weren’t for you. Whenever I’m down, you’re always there to pick me up. Whenever I needed somebody to talk to, you would spend the day sitting next to me. Whenever I needed advice with regards to relationships or work, I could always find you next to me in a heartbeat. You’ve truly made a difference in my life and I’ll always be grateful to have you as a friend. Thank you for your endless generosity and unconditional support.

To my “partner-in-crime”, Lyn:

Thank you for always having my back and for being such an amazing partner and an even better friend. I wouldn’t have wanted to be partnered up with anyone else.

To my co-op advisor, Richard:

Whether its resume critiques, life advice about my career or proof reading my e-mails before I sent them out to hiring managers: you were always there to give me that “extra push” that drove me to be the best that I can be. Thank you for your insights, motivation and support.

To my favourite QA friend, Mihaela:

As the youngest employee in BBT, I’ve always viewed senior level professionals as scary and intimidating individuals. But after working with you for 4 months, I’ve come to the realization that this isn’t always the case. From saying good morning to me in our daily conference calls to creating a secret-handshake that only the two of us knew, I’ve come to the conclusion that you are hands-down one of the coolest full-time employees at BBT. Thank you for involving me in your Payment Modernization project and being an absolute pleasure to work with. Stay cool!

To my supervisor Nikita,

Thank you for teaching me everything there is to Project Management. You’ve helped me gain a strong understanding of Fusion and your guidance has truly made a huge difference in my life. You always made sure that Lyn and I were getting the most out of our short four month work term and, aside from work, you were always around to listen to everything going on in my life. So thank you for always going above and beyond of what was expected and for making my first co-op experience an unforgettable one.

To my coaches, Raksha & Mithun:

Thank you for welcoming me into your program with open arms. The two of you have allowed me to gain a strong understanding of the ins-and-outs of Project Management as well as Business Banking Technology. From assembling presentations for senior directors to contributing to ARX Deployment: thank you for assigning me with challenging tasks that allowed me to expand my knowledge and skill set.

… And last but not least

To the most incredible manager, Romana:
From team breakfasts to checking up on everyone’s mental health during PM meetings: your leadership skills inspire me and my respect for you is endless. Although there is an age difference between your two co-ops and the full-time employees, you were able to effortlessly make Lyn and I feel like we belong. Working under you at BBT was truly a remarkable experience so, with that being said, I just wanted to say thanks for hiring the 19 year old student with no relevant experience. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today so no matter where life takes me, I’ll always be grateful.

I remember leaving the office building for the last time on April 28th, flooding with different emotions. As someone who’s fairly sentimental, the feeling of sadness was a big one as I knew that my special experience at BBT was coming to an end. One thing that I’ve learned during this short four month term is that experiences (like people) come and go. But no matter what happens, I’ll always view 55 Yonge as a special place that has allowed me to grow as a person. Thanks Business Banking Technology; it’s been unreal.