Role: Total Benefits Administrative Support
Department: Human Resources
Location: Waterloo King
Saint Mary’s University, Bachelor of commerce, 2nd year
What is your current role at Sun Life?
My role at Sun Life was to update various organizational projects for both the Pensions and Benefits teams. In order to do this, I worked with two teams of four to update multiple data bases and Excel spreadsheets containing retired employee information. I also worked on a Certificate of Existence project in order to identify and locate new addresses for retired employees.
While at Sun Life my days varied during the week. Three days a week I worked with the pension team completing a clean-up project for one of Sun Life’s Defined Benefit providers. On these days a typical day would start out by planning what my work load goals were for that day/week. I would then organize the files and paper work needed and search to locate information to complete a full picture of these retirees for our provider’s records. During this time, I maintained an Excel spreadsheet and verified current payments on our database.
The other two days a week I worked for the Benefits & Wellness team on a Certificate of Existence project. My role specifically was to use returned mail from retired employees and search multiple databases to locate where the member resides. In addition to my daily tasks, I also had the opportunity to sit in on benefits meetings regarding work load trends as well as Wellness Ambassador meetings that coordinate various activities throughout the company.
Working at Sun Life
Advice and insights
Sun Life has two great postgraduate programs, the RLDP program as well as the Account Executive Development Program (AEDP) . Both are highly competitive, well respected and sought after positions. It would be an honour to obtain such a position and would be an incredible developmental opportunity for anyone.
A tip to students who hope to start at Sun Life would be to leverage the SLF network. I met many contacts who I know will be invaluable to me in the years ahead. Challenge yourself to make a new connection weekly and keep in touch with them. Everyone at Sun Life is friendly and willing to share their expertise. Having a wide network of connections at Sun Life can help you learn more about specific areas in the company and also provide you with more potential career opportunities. Some of which you may not have even considered.
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