Janine Rogan ('14 BCom)

Kianna Adams, BAA Communications Committee Volunteer - 16 November 2020

Janine Rogan (’14 BCom) is passionate about education and giving back to the community. While working at a software company, she grew her blog, The Wealth Building Academy, into a full-fledged business. Janine gives her perspective on turning a side hustle into a business, pursuing your passion, and staying involved with the University of Alberta.

Janine Rogan

BAA: Can you tell us about your current job? What kind of work are you doing?

Janine: I'm a financial solutions consultant for a software company, something I didn't know existed when I was finishing my degree. I work with large companies to help them understand how software can make their business run more smoothly from a financial perspective. A lot of companies have old legacy technology that makes the finance department run slowly, inefficiently, and in many cases, increases their chance of errors. With new financial technology, this becomes a lot easier, and finance and accounting staff can move away from reconciliations and data entry to work on value-add tasks.

BAA: Tell us a bit about your business, The Wealth Building Academy. How did you start it, and what was the inspiration behind it?

Janine: I've been involved in personal finance for 10 years! I started writing about my experience when I was in my undergrad, and it became a side hustle for me, which was a great way to bring in more income. As I articled and completed my designation, I kept on writing and speaking about money. Now, I've decided to turn my knowledge into something that can easily be digested for those looking to learn about investing. My company, The Wealth Building Academy, aims to educate and empower women to take control of their financial future through online education.

BAA: Do you have any advice for others looking to pursue entrepreneurship?

Janine: It's definitely not quick. I think many people think they are going to quit their job and become an entrepreneur, which can work, but for a lot of people, you need to build up your idea, audience, brand, and content over the course of years. It can be a grind, so it must be something you love - a lot of times, you'll give up your free time with family or friends, so make sure that it's worth it.

BAA: What was your career journey like post-graduation up to today?

Janine: Once I graduated, I spent time articling at one of the big four accounting firms. I've always kept my side hustle and other interests going, which is ultimately what led me to landing a job in the technology sector. My public speaking skills from my personal finance work were what landed me the job.

BAA: How have you been involved with the Alberta School of Business as an alumna?

Janine: I've been involved as a speaker at the Network of Empowered Women conference over the years as well as hosted an Educated Wallet series with the University of Alberta from a broader perspective. In addition, I've spent some time mentoring a few young grads and hope to continue to give back in the future!

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