I am sure you are thinking, what kind of day? Is it a bad day, a good day, a weird day, a terrible day, a day where everything goes wrong or everything goes right? I have had all of those, but it has been a while since I realized I am right where I need to be. I love my job and the company I work for. Well today was that kind of a day.
I know my past few posts have been about life post-MDP, transitioning roles, being stressed out and other things in that space but today reminded me that I love what I do. Being in banking is not something I ever thought I would be involved in. It was an industry I had no desire to touch aside from my checking and savings account. But what I have realized in the last year or so is that banking has so much more to offer and unlike many other industries and companies, is just now starting to embrace change especially within the United States. The U.S. is behind the curve when it comes to banking technology which is why it is so exciting to be in the space that I am with the company I am with.
I heard a statistic today, that since the financial crisis, 50% fewer people are applying to jobs in the financial services industry because they are scared. That’s a problem – does that mean that we are getting less skilled people; no it just means that our talent pool to hire is that much smaller, meaning that we have a lot of unmet needs in the job market.
Innovation in a bank would have formally been considered an oxymoron. In some areas of the world it still is, even at my own company it is there are a lot of questions that we are working through. But Innovation in a bank is probably some of the most important innovation of this era and for my generation. We are not designing the latest shoe or clothing item, we are not creating the next iPad but we are working on developing on new ways to pay for all of those things.
Today, I realized how fortunate I am to work for a company like M&T – that has given me as a 23 year old the opportunity to be a part of a brand new team that is tasked with inspiring innovation across the bank. We are ready to build believers and champions out of our already amazing tenured staff, to create new models of business with the help of key stakeholders. We are a new group of highly motivated, driven, and fast paced workers who are ready for all the challenges that come from changing a culture with the understanding that we are not changing a culture we are shifting it to make it stronger and ready for the future. M&T’s culture is something that is envied across the industry, why would you force change for the sake of change, instead we are adapting to the modern work and bringing our incredible workforce with us.