- April 15, 2017
- Posted by: Erin Godard
- Category: General
After finishing my undergraduate degree at McGill University, I didn’t have a great idea of what I wanted to do from a career perspective. I had a great job offer to start at Ernst & Young in Toronto, which I knew would allow me to keep learning, as I simultaneously worked and studied for the Chartered Accountant designation. My experience at EY over the past 5 years has been invaluable, for two reasons in particular. Firstly, almost every day at EY was a learning experience – from technical learning (accounting standards, auditing approaches) to soft skills (managing teams, performing critical analysis) – which has provided me with a range of experiences I would never have thought possible in only five years. I’ve been truly lucky to be surrounded by a group of hard-working, smart and creative individuals (I know, it’s hard to believe but the typical accountant stereotype hasn’t really held true for the people I’ve worked with over the years!), who’ve been friends, mentors and teachers to me.
The second invaluable aspect of my time at EY has been the opportunity I was afforded to explore other personal aspirations and passions. My greatest aspiration since before I can remember, is to leave a positive mark on the world, in my own way. I’ve never really known exactly how, or when or where, but I’ve always had the desire to do something that would leave a lasting impact on lives other than my own. For the past five years, I’ve been channeling that passion through involvement as a volunteer in multiple not-for-profit organizations based in Toronto, most recently starting as a Board Member for Albion Neighbourhood Services in September 2016 and spending two months as a volunteer financial consultant for Gardens for Health International in Kigali, Rwanda. During my time in Rwanda, I figured out the when – it was now, and the how and the where were starting to formulate as well. Over the past 8 months, I’ve tried to formalize the answers to those questions, which ultimately led to the creation of FinanceYou.
My goal for this organization is to put my knowledge to good use, by transferring it to other individuals, who typically wouldn’t have access to the opportunities I have had, but have the drive and talent to pursue a career in the finance industry, in developing countries. My goal is to facilitate growth in human capital in these areas, through training programs that develop employees into professionals, who can excel in their roles and move upwards in their organizations.
Starting FinanceYou has allowed me to merge my aspiration, my passion and my knowledge – my aspiration to provide meaningful services to others, my passion for travel and new experiences and my in-depth knowledge of accounting and financial systems and controls.