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From the Fairway to Finance

Sep. 28, 2017

Student Athlete and Coles Scholar to Travel the World for One of Canada’s Largest Banks

Coles Scholar Paul Doig will travel the world next year studying capital markets as he starts an exciting new career with Canada’s third-largest bank.

Doig, who graduates in spring 2018 with degrees in economics and finance, will begin working for Toronto-based Scotia Bank the following August as part of the bank’s sales and trading rotational program. He will travel to Scotia Bank offices in Toronto, New York, and London, where he will assist finance professionals on the trade floor, conduct research, prepare client presentations, analyze technical data, and monitor market activity. At the end of the yearlong program, he will transition into a full-time role in the company.

“This program allows me to work in a lot of different areas of capital markets and then receive input about where I will be the best fit,” says Doig. “It’s great because I didn’t want to narrow my scope too quickly after graduating.”

Doig is no stranger to working hard to achieve success. As a high school athlete in his hometown of Seaforth, Ontario, he helped earn his golf team three district championships and was named Most Valuable Player of the golf and hockey teams. In 2014, he enrolled in Kennesaw State University on a golf scholarship.

While Doig is passionate about sports, his career goal has always been to work in finance. These combined interests led him to choose Kennesaw State.

“I wanted to find a university that had a really good golf program and a great business school,” he says. “Since that time, I’ve grown to enjoy and appreciate living here in Kennesaw.”

During his junior year, Doig entered the prestigious Coles Scholars Program, which offers high-performing students the ability to take additional courses in leadership, critical thinking, and change management. Coles Scholars also receive career guidance and have the opportunity to network with Atlanta-area business leaders.

“I’m very thankful for all the help I’ve gotten within the Coles Scholars program,” Doig says. “All the professors in the program have been great at helping me look at future career options.”

Dr. Stacy Campbell, Executive Director of the Coles Scholars Program, has been impressed by Doig’s dedication to achieving his academic and career goals.

“Golf provided Paul with an opportunity to attend college in the United States,” she says, “but once he was at KSU, it was his own drive and motivation that enabled him to get selected into the Coles Scholars Program and have some quality internships that prepared him for what lies ahead at Scotia Bank.”

Following a semester-long internship as a research analyst for Henssler Financial, Doig applied for Scotia Bank’s sales and trading summer internship program and spent May through August 2017 working in their Toronto office.

“The internship put me right in the center of the financial markets,” he says. “I received a unique understanding of how the market is funded.”

It was during this experience that Doig learned about Scotia Bank’s rotational program, which he starts working for full time in August.

For now, Doig is focusing on finishing his degrees, playing on the golf team, and generally having a successful senior year. He recently learned that he was one of three students selected to receive the Stephen and Donna Johnson scholarship, awarded annually to exceptional students in the Coles Scholars program.

“I can’t say just how thankful I was to receive that scholarship,” says Doig. “It’s pretty humbling when you realize there are people out there like the Johnsons that recognize and support the things you are trying to do. They really care about the students at KSU and Coles College.”

As Doig prepares for the world of international travel and finance that awaits him next year at Scotia Bank, he says he will continue to be an avid golfer for the fun of the game as well as for its professional benefits.

After all, “golf is a great way to meet people in business.”