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Benefits of Being a Banker

By Rachael Stephenson| Published April 5, 2023

Banker and Client

As children we were often asked the question “What do you want be when you grow up?” I am sure there were varied answers- firefighter, teacher, police officer, or doctor. Personally “Banker” is not one I remember being mentioned or one that I would have thought of for myself. I always wanted to be a geologist and study rocks and natural formations.

I am an accidental banker, which means I didn’t plan on being a banker but ended up working at a bank. According to a survey taken by Next Gen Personal Finance only 46% of college graduates work in their field of study and 29% of grads work in a different field. I decided to do a little survey of my own at the bank and I was quite surprised at how many people fit into these stats. Many of my coworkers had the same response as to why they stayed at the bank, even if it was different then their educational career path.  A few of their responses included:

  • Flexible hours
  • Opportunities for growth
  • Ability to make a real and lasting impact

The world needs bankers! Many people unfortunately could not work or lost their job during the Covid-19 pandemic while bankers received essential worker cards. Community Banks especially proved how essential they were as people began applying for the Paycheck Protection Program. Community banks can typically process and decision loans faster than bigger banks which directly benefits the community.

As community bankers, not only do we serve our community, but we are also members of our community and are aware of the needs around us. We strive to help people achieve their dreams and set goals that matter to them. I may be an accidental banker, but I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to help my community and make a real difference. If you are interested in pursuing a career in banking, accidentally or otherwise, please check out our career portal for opportunities.

Rachael StephensonRachael Stephenson | E-Banking Specialist

Rachael started as a roving teller in 2018 and after a brief period away to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ she returned and began working in the e-Banking department. Rachael has a passion for serving her community and those around her.