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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Experiential Learning at TD Securities: 

A Day in the Life



When schools partner with community organizations, opportunities for learning outside of the classroom are created.  Students learn so much from these experiences and new pathways are discovered.  This was the case for five lucky young women from our board on Friday November 13th.
Five of our TCDSB grade 12 students were chosen to be part of the twenty young women who spent the day on Friday November 13th downtown participating in a TD Women in Leadership Event, A Day in the Life.  The day’s objective was to increase the awareness of the career opportunities in the capital markets industry to a younger generation of female students.  The day accomplished this and so much more. 
Activities during the day included: 
  • • job shadowing young women
  • • learning about the career paths of women who have chosen the financial sector
  • • networking
  • • learning about capital markets industry
  • • a visit to the trading floor
Throughout the day, our students had the chance to explore the four important questions:
• Who am I?
• What are my opportunities?
• What are my plans for achieving my goals?
• Who do I want to become?
Here’s what our students had to say:
Today was a great day – I became more aware of my strengths.  I have a better idea of Who I am and Who I want to become.  There is no gender parity in this sector – young women like us are going to change this.” Yanaminah Thullah (Senator O’Connor)
Opportunities to get a job in Capital Markets can start as early as 2nd year University; I didn’t know you could start your career before graduating!   I will also definitely apply to the TD mentorship program.  This is my plan for achieving at least one of my goals.”  Saray Diaz Borroto (Don Bosco)
I learned that women make up only 25% of the trading floor.  TD says that they invest in their staff – I feel like they have already started investing in us – we networked today and now we can connect, through e-mail, with them if we have questions.  I see this as a real opportunity.”   Daniela Rey Gomez (Senator O’Connor)
Many of the people we met here today got their jobs through networking – this means making connections and taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.”   Samantha Chung Sang (Senator O’Connor)
Because of today, I have a better idea of the pathways I can take.  My understanding of the financial sector is broadened.”  Chanda Mendoza (Senator O’Connor)