by Haris Yar Khan - Jalya Writer
Mubarek is a proud Uyghur and a highly skilled financial planner. Mubarek studied accounting at MacEwan University. Since then, Mubarek has become an accredited financial planner and specializes in investments and retirement planning. The reason Mubarek chose to specialize in investments and financial planning was that she witnessed how vulnerable people can become with their personal finances due to a lack of financial knowledge. Mubarek's passion is to empower people with financial literacy to make informed financial decisions.
What inspired you to choose a career in finance and investments?
Investment has always been my passion, and what inspires me to continue to be in this industry is the ability to make a difference in someone's life.
What’s the most difficult aspect of being a financial planner?
Most difficult aspect is the emotional support, its hard to see your client going through major life events.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a financial planner?
I have the privilege of witnessing their milestone event in their journey (buying their first home, getting the dream job, starting a business, retire with comfort) and most importantly being part of it and contributing to their goals.
What advice would you give to the youths in our community aspiring to start a career in finance?
To be more involved in their family finances, for example, having a joint meeting with their family financial advisors. The earlier you learn about it, the better off people are down the road.
In your opinion, what do you think are the most difficult financial problems in our community today? and what advice would you offer to help deal with that problem/problems?
Finance is the one of the leading stress in our society, yet not enough people know about it or talk about it. In my opinion there are these are the three biggest problems in our community right now:
1)Financial literacy, not spending enough time to learn about financial wellbeing
2) lack of plans for emergency, education, retirement
3) signing lending application without considering the consequences
My advice on how to deal with these problems is to get educated on them on through outside sources. There is a tremendous amount of support available through various channels,(new to Canada programs, financial podcast, school programs) and having a plan and then implementing the action, could be as easy as monthly budget, maintain a good credit score.