Where are you working and what do you do there?
I currently work for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. I started out as a bank examiner and currently hold the title of Case Manager
What is your typical work day like?
I oversee the financial prowess of roughly 20 institution's in the Chicago Market with total assets of around $5 billion. I am typically reviewing reports, attending Board meetings, and processing and reviewing correspondence from the banks that I oversee.
What path did you take to your current career, were there other jobs along the way?
I was lucky enough to receive an internship with the FDIC through UWEC
Careerlink, which led to me being hired as a full-time employee. After
graduation I joined the FDIC and I have now been with the organization for a
little over 7 years.
How did your liberal arts education at UW-Eau Claire help prepare you for your career?
At Eau Claire there were many things that helped me get to where I am today.
The first aspect is the breadth of knowledge I received with the liberal arts
education. I received a well-rounded perspective on business and other
aspects which has been very helpful in my current career and in my life in
general. At Eau Claire I was encouraged to do many things outside of what
I would normally do, i.e. join organizations, study abroad, and
volunteer. These opportunities, and the Eau Claire staff that led me to
them, have opened me up as a person and led to many things that I have done in
my current organization that have helped me move up to a senior level position in
just a few years. In my current organization I teach one of the schools
that we offer out in Washington DC, I have participated in the mentoring
program, and have volunteered for many details that I do not think I would have
done if not for the opportunities to do the same in college.
Is there something more you wish you would have done in college to prepare for your career?
Maybe stayed a little longer to postpone having to join the "real world." In actuality, I think everything that UW-Eau Claire provided me has more than prepared me for my career. In college I studied abroad, was a member of the Student Investment Management Program (unfortunately it no longer exists), was an economic teacher's assistant, and volunteered both on- and off-campus through different organizations. I feel these prepared me for my career and life after college just as much, if not more than the hours I spent in the classroom.
What advice do you have for UW-Eau Claire students to become successful in their own careers?
Do something different. Join a club, study abroad, volunteer, mentor someone, etc. I never had even thought about studying abroad and doing that helped open so many doors for me (not to mention it was amazing). I would not be where I am today if I would have just went through the motions of college and not actively participated in the programs that I did at UWEC. I know I wouldn't be the person I am today either.