Career Takeoff: Tori’s Journey From Intern To Member Experience Manager
Note: This is part of a series featuring Honor Team Members who started as interns.
By Tori Lauren | Honor CU
Since I was young, I have always been interested in finances and numbers with the goal of being a CEO, something that Scott and I have joked with each other about. Naturally, I wanted to work somewhere to build these skills before taking my first college classes, but who wants a green employee for only three months? I was blessed to be able to enter Honor Credit Union’s “Becoming Part of It” program in June of 2016 and be involved for the following three years.
Starting as a teller, I wanted to learn and interact with as many members as possible. I was lucky to work with the team I did because even with my million daily questions (that I still have today), they always answered them with a smile. I am also thankful for our patient members as I learned from my mistakes as a new employee!
For those first two summers and Christmas breaks, I always pushed to attain additional knowledge from others as well as go through various training courses that Honor offered, knowing I wanted to start building a career.
Before my senior year at Lakeland, I needed an internship. Honor had my back again and allowed me to work with the Business Services department in a way that accommodated my internship requirements. During that summer, I developed my character and skills for my business management degree. I worked on loan renewals, talking with business members, and gaining additional in-depth knowledge about Honor and its values, which align with the values I hold in my life.
In the summer of 2018, along with my internship, I was also fortunate to be able to shadow a manager for a little bit. We discussed the aspects of being a manager, what my personal future would or could look like, and I sat-in on a few managerial discussions for the experience. I grew my comfort zone tremendously by learning to take initiative and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I have now worked at Honor for just over 1.5 years as a full-time employee. Honor had a position open that I was able to secure before I graduated college. Two days after graduation, in May 2019, I became a Member Specialist. Currently, I am a Member Experience Manager throughout the Northern Region, where I continue to learn daily. Honor has helped me grow as a person as well as a professional throughout the years I have worked here. I am blessed with awesome co-workers, better members, and constant opportunities for improvement!
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