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What it's like to start your career at BMO

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Get your career off to a great start

When you come to work at BMO, right from the start you'll have the opportunity to do meaningful work that has a real impact on your customers, your colleagues, and the community. And while your formal studies may be over, you'll continue to learn and grow through ongoing coaching, training and development. We'll give you the support you need to achieve your full potential – and we'll recognize and reward your strong performance. Your managers will help you set goals and reach them, always thinking about your future as you build a successful career with us.

What to expect in your first year

Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be a bit intimidating. Knowing what to expect can make your start at BMO a little less overwhelming. We've mapped out what a typical first year at BMO is like.

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Career possibilities – meet some of our people

When you graduate from school, it's hard to know exactly where your career will lead. By joining BMO, you'll be exposed to the breadth of our businesses and get to chart your career path as you find the areas that you're most passionate about.

These profiles will give you great insight into some career possibilities, and share valuable lessons these former graduates have learned along the way.

"I'm always curious to learn new things, and my career at BMO has allowed me to do that ever since my first summer internship."

Name:Aaron
Current Role:

Senior Manager & Human Resources Business Partner (August 2012- Present)

"Banking has a reputation for being about money – it's surprising how much it's all about people."

Name:Maria
Current Role:

Manager, Customer Experience – Personal & Commercial Banking (headquarters)

"Economics and finance really became interesting to me when I saw how they apply in the real world…I've learned so much about how everything connects, how banking is the pipeline of the economy."

Name:John
Current Role:

Sr. Commercial Credit Underwriter – Private Banking

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"I'm always curious to learn new things, and my career at BMO has allowed me to do that ever since my first summer internship."

Name:Aaron
Current Role:

Senior Manager & Human Resources Business Partner (August 2012- Present)

After more than 12 years at BMO, Aaron still considers himself to be a 'lifelong student'. It all started back when he was really a student at the University of Toronto and took on a summer internship at the Bank. His ongoing desire to learn and try new things, coupled with the variety of opportunities and experiences BMO has offered him over the years, has led to a successful career that continues to evolve.

How it all began
Like many eighteen year olds, Aaron wasn't completely sure what path his career would take, or how his education would get him there. After completing the first year of a Life Sciences degree at the University of Toronto, he accepted a summer internship at BMO in Human Resources. It was the first of many summers throughout his undergraduate degree that he spent at BMO learning about the business and helping to recruit other students for internship positions across the Bank. He worked hard during those summers to build a network and learn about the many different careers available at BMO, seeking out mentors among his peers, colleagues, and leaders along the way.

The economics of people
Always looking to learn and grow from new experiences, Aaron decided to work full-time in philanthropy for three years after graduation. Driven by a strong sense of community involvement, he loved the work and passion of those he worked with, but missed the culture and the opportunities to keep developing his skills that working at BMO offered. In 2007, Aaron returned to BMO as the Senior Advisor of Workforce Planning, applying his educational background in psychology and external experience in philanthropy to a position he describes as "people economics." At a time of great change within the banking industry, the idea of working with leaders to plan and develop human capital strategies across BMO offered an exciting challenge and opportunity, which Aaron seized.

A never-ending learning curve
Throughout his career, Aaron has continually asked himself what skills he brings and what experiences he would like to gain. This desire to always keep learning prompted him to join the office of the Head of HR in 2009, presenting a unique opportunity to work directly with exceptional senior leaders to gain a broader view of the organization.

The secret of his success
Aaron's curiosity and desire to always keep learning has opened doors to many new opportunities and enabled him to continue to develop new sides of himself, personally and professionally. At BMO, Aaron has found an environment that offers the chance to have many different careers within one company, opportunities to work with great people, and a diverse, engaged culture. He has taken advantage of this variety of experiences to try out different work groups and meet people at every level of the organization, and has sought out mentors and managers who continue to guide his development. Aaron credits these relationships in particular with helping him unlock his potential, and looks to keep learning from them for many years to come.

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"Banking has a reputation for being about money – it's surprising
how much it's all about people."

Name:Maria
Current Role:

Manager, Customer Experience – Personal & Commercial Banking (headquarters)

As a new grad with a combined honours degree in philosophy and modern languages, Maria wasn't quite sure how she would fit into a banking environment. But when she saw an opening for someone with great people skills, it sounded right up her alley. She was hired by BMO because of her ability to connect with people, which is critical to developing relationships and delivering great customer experiences. It's a skill and a passion that she has continued to develop, and that has led her down a great career path at BMO.

Finding her passion
When Maria started at BMO, her role required that she be proactive about making sales and encouraging customers to join BMO. Maria quickly discovered that she loved working directly with customers, and furthermore that she loved selling. To build upon this new-found skill, she decided to continue her studies and obtain designations that would allow her to sell investment products to customers.

Investing in her future
To help Maria pursue her new interest in selling investments, BMO invested in her future by sponsoring her to complete her Investment Fund Institute of Canada (IFIC®*) course and Canadian Securities Course (CSC®**), and to become licensed as a Registered Investment Sales Representative (RISR). This support for her ongoing training and career development opened up new career possibilities for her in other areas of the bank. She took on a role in the BMO Investment Centre, and from there moved over to Technology & Operations, where for the first time she was supporting internal partners. Through these positions, she learned a vital lesson – no matter where you go, BMO is still a people business.

A career coach
After three years, Maria decided to move into a whole new area of the bank. She had kept in touch with colleagues in the BMO Investment Centre, and when the opportunity came up to return as a Call Quality Coach, she took it. In this new role, she provided coaching and feedback to the contact centre employees. It was here that she found a new passion – coaching – and took her career down yet another exciting path.

Following a maternity leave, she returned to BMO as a Strategy Execution Coaching Advisor and helped deliver on a revolutionary coaching program pilot in the Greater Toronto Division. With the program set to launch nationally, she decided to move into a new role with less travel that provided a better work/life balance for her as a new mother. BMO supported this transition. She returned to her roots in Personal & Commercial Banking and found a role that combines her passion for customer experience with her love of coaching. As Manager, Customer Experience, she now develops programs which help BMO define great customer experience. She also enjoys the privilege of coaching leaders to help them increase loyalty among BMO's customers.

The secret of her success
Maria used her natural skills and followed her passion right from the start – working with people – which led her down a successful career path she never could have imagined when she graduated. These skills served her well, as she was a natural at building and maintaining relationships with both with customers and colleagues. With BMO's support, she took advantage of opportunities to further her training and open herself up to new career possibilities within the bank.

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IFIC®* is a registered trade-mark of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada

CSC®** is a registered trade-mark of CSI Global Education Inc.

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"Economics and finance really became interesting to me when I saw how they apply in the real world…I've learned so much about how everything connects, how banking is the pipeline of the economy."

Name:John
Current Role:

Sr. Commercial Credit Underwriter – Private Banking

If you were to ask John today what he enjoys most about his career in finance, he'd likely say the positive impact it has enabled him to have on his community. It's a surprising answer, and no one is more surprised than John himself. He never thought that his strengths or interests lay in economics and finance, nor did he think it was a field that would enable him to work so closely with people and get so involved in community work. However, from his very first part-time job serving customers in a branch, he has found a path full of exciting surprises and career opportunities.

Learning the ropes
John's job in the branch gave him a good understanding of the bank, and the client interaction allowed him to get to know our customers. When he graduated from school, he decided to continue his studies within the bank by joining a two-month training program for Associate Private Bankers. After a couple of years in this new role, he was excited to tackle the next challenge. He even considered leaving banking to go into teaching. But when he turned to his trusted mentors for advice, they helped him think through his options and realize that he could find the change he was looking for without leaving the bank. He's grateful for their advice to this day.

Branching out
During his time in private banking, John discovered that he had a passion for the analytical side of the work. The bank sponsored him to spend a year in their intensive internal, commercial credit training program. He worked hard, learned a lot and made some great friends, and in the end he had the credit skills he needed to return to Private Banking as a Credit Underwriter. He has spent the past 10 years in this field, progressing from the junior to senior level as his knowledge and skills have grown.

Making his business personal
John has always believed in giving back. And working at the bank, he has had many opportunities to do so. His own personal values align with the company's values, and it has enabled him to extend his professional skills and experiences to his personal life and community. John, along with some of his fellow employees, started the Asian American Coalition of Employees (AACE), serving as chair of the group for three years. The expertise he has acquired in his years at the bank has enabled him to add value to local organizations that are important to him and fill a need within his community. The bank has proudly shown its support as well, providing sponsorship to a number of the organizations AACE is involved with.

The secret of his success
By joining the bank while still a student, John got to see first hand how finance and economics apply in the real world, and that sparked an interest that would fuel his career. He also learned how vital it is to have great mentors, and he has had many over the years. His mentors helped him navigate his career and make important decisions, and even got him involved in his community work, which is something he remains passionate about to this day. John also took advantage of the bank's many opportunities to continue to grow and develop his skills through training programs. Finally, he has stayed true to his values, finding new opportunities within his professional life to give back to his local community.

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