Meet RBC associate Oyinkansola Bolaji-Idowu, on secondment to NSI

Oyinkansola Bolaji-Idowu

I’m Oyinkansola, known around here as Oyin. I’m originally from Lagos, Nigeria. I’m currently an RBC Career Launch Program associate on secondment to the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) as part of my rotation.

The Career Launch Program gives recent graduates a chance to get the experience they need to be successful in the job market. The program consists of three different rotations. The first gives you the opportunity to become familiar with the ins and outs of the bank operations. The second rotation allows you to be paired with one of RBC’s charitable partners, that best matches your interests, skills and capabilities. I had the absolute honour of being paired with NSI.

I discovered early on that I enjoyed watching people, analyzing aspects of their behaviour and what makes them who they are. So, I moved to Winnipeg in 2014 to attend the University of Manitoba and graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology and philosophy.

Over the years, I have discovered the need to advocate and speak up for people that feel as though they have no voice. I plan to pursue a career in human resources and create opportunities for people in spaces where they feel like they don’t belong.

Due to COVID, I have spent the last few months on my own, as most of us have, and decided to discover myself. In the process, I learnt some new skills: so far, I’ve picked up painting, knitting, weaving and, now, embroidery. I guess I would say my biggest interest is learning new skills. In my spare time, I also enjoy travelling and photography.

I came to NSI in September 2020 and I’ll be here until December 2020. I’ve been exposed to a whole new world working with the NSI team. I have been working closely with Ursula Lawson, manager of programs and development, preparing for the NSI Business for Producers program and assisting Joy Loewen, CEO, as she fills the position for the alumni outreach coordinator. I’m also learning about the resources and opportunities available for storytellers in Winnipeg and in Canada.

I must say, it has been amazing so far!

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