Student Spotlight: Alexi Melanson
Alexi Melanson is a second-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. He is currently majoring in Accounting and Finance and has completed two work terms with J.D. Irving, Limited’s Finance team. We spoke to Alexi about his experience with J.D. Irving, Limited and his thoughts on his future career aspirations in the Finance sector.
How many work terms have you completed with JDI, and what were your roles with the company?
I have completed two work terms with J.D. Irving, Limited. During my initial work term, I worked as a Data Analyst for the Master Data Management team in Shared Services. In my second term, I worked with the Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis team.
What motivates you to pursue your CPA designation?
In my view, obtaining these designations such as CPA or CFA signifies credibility and reflects a commitment to a career in finance and accounting. Designations are also a great way to distinguish myself from others entering the job market post-graduation. In a competitive field, like finance, having these qualifications will help me stand out and be better prepared for a wide range of roles in the industry.
What does it mean to you that JDI supports its employees in pursuing further education, such as professional designations?
To me, this demonstrates that JDI values the growth and development of its team members. Knowing that my employer wants to invest in its employees gives me a sense of security and motivation to perform at my best in both my academics and at work.
How do you envision your past work experience contributing to your ability to excel in the CPA program and in your future career at J.D. Irving, Limited?
Through my previous roles, I acquired the skills necessary to interpret financial data and navigate financial landscapes, which are fundamental in both the CPA and CFA programs. I learned how to gather, analyze, and interpret financial data, including company financial statements, operating ratios, economic indicators, and industry benchmarks. Moreover, my work experience has instilled in me a strong sense of attention to detail, problem-solving, and effective communication – all crucial skills for my career at JDI.
What advice would you give to other students who may have an interest in accounting and finance but are still trying to figure out their career paths?
Gain practical experience, get involved and keep an open mind.
1. Seek out internships and co-op positions in finance-related roles. Real-world experience is crucial for determining if accounting or finance aligns with your interests and skills. It's very hard to determine if finance and accounting are for you without stepping into the field.
2. Attend industry events, join finance clubs and connect with professionals. Building a network of peers, leaders, and mentors is essential in the business world. You never know when career opportunities may arise through your connections!
3. Be flexible and open to exploring various roles within the realm of accounting and finance. The field offers diverse career paths, each catering to different strengths and interests. Take time to find what you enjoy and identify your skills, then tailor your career path accordingly.
J.D. Irving, Limited believes in fostering growth and providing a platform for talented individuals like Alexi to thrive. If you share the same enthusiasm for shaping the future of finance and are eager to embark on a fulfilling career, the company encourages you to explore career opportunities with us! Click here to view their current openings.