Mission: As recognized RESP specialists, ensure Canadians maximize their education savings to help students realize life's possibilities.
Knowledge First Financial has been recognized on the 2018 Best Workplaces™ for Women list by Great Place to Work!
CARMA LECUYER (VP, HUMAN RESOURCES & ADMINISTRATION)
What is your favourite part of your job?
Helping people to develop and advance their careers
What inspires you to come to work every day?
Our mission- knowledge is power.
What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?
Balancing my career and my home life with my 2 kids-it’s almost like you need a super power
Have you ever had a mentor empower you in the workplace? How did that impact your career?
Yes. Very positive impact in that it provided me with constructive feedback that allowed me to grow at a faster rate while not being sensitive to hearing some constructive feedback.
How has being a woman in a business environment impacted your professional journey?
It has allowed me to become an amazing multi-tasker and I have grown immensely at managing my priorities. What gets measured gets done!
What advice would you give other women just entering the workforce?
Enjoy the journey. Don’t be afraid to take time to have a family and enjoy those years. Success is being able to do both parts of your life well as a woman.
At Knowledge First Financial, we work hard but we also know the importance including a little fun at work. This is why we have some fun perks such as two trampoline dodgeball teams, half-days on the Fridays prior to long-weekends in the Summer, fitbit contests, fun events throughout the year such as barbeques, company-wide lunches, holiday parties, pumpkin carving contests, ugly holiday sweater competitions, Office Olympics, and so much more.
I have been a sales representative with Knowledge First (KFF/previously named USC Education Savings Plans) for 19 years. It has been a great career.
I first heard about the program from a friend who referred me to an agent. They had started plans for their children. We started plans for our 3 year old son right away, both of us knowing the value of an education. When my daughter was born in 1998 I called our agent to come and start a plan for her. When we met we were informed the CESG (Canada Education Savings Grant) had just started and so began a plan for our youngest and applied for the grant for our son.
After the meeting, thinking what a wonderful opportunity this was for young families, I decided to pursue a career with KFF. Offering a plan with secure savings, great interest and the grant (and a great company history) to help pay for their children’s education seemed a wonderful opportunity for both myself and the families I could help.
Working with KFF over the years has allowed me to have a great life, make a great living and be there to raise my children. Having the freedom to set my own schedule I could be home when needed, offer my children many opportunities, attend all the important events and have family vacations (as well as a few perks for myself). Being an agent for KFF gave me the ability to earn the income needed to enjoy these opportunities as well.
My children are now 25 and 20 years old. Both are in the process of earning engineering degrees paid for with KFF RESP’s. Independently and on their own, both of my children have numerous times thanked me for being there and allowing them to grow up with a parent at home. They have both also thanked me for having the foresight to save for their education as they watch their friends struggling financially to educate themselves.
Now I am on my own and working with KFF is still wonderful. I still earn a great living and have the freedom to do as I please. I am not chained to a desk, held captive in an office or tied to a schedule. I look forward to remain doing what I do for years to come (really) because of the lifestyle this career has allowed me to enjoy.
Kim Aitkens Campbell
Knowledge First Financial
I have been working at Knowledge First Financial part-time (More than a year)
The people are nice and easy to get along with. There is a lot of appreciation for our work.
I have not experienced any cons thus far.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Knowledge First Financial (Montreal, QC) in June-2017.
le processus comprend 2 étapes, la première est une rencontre pour expliqué les détails du travail et le système de commission, et la deuxième étape est l'inscription au cours de l'entreprise et le test à passer avant d'envoyer le dossier à l'AMF