Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Did ballet as a child and started teaching when I was a teen.
Started community college thinking I might major in business and open my own studio.
Met a guy, moved around, traveled a bit, worked retail.
Moved to another state and needed a job, went to temp agency to get in the door.
Started working as a mortgage assistant for Wells Fargo.
Applied for open position in company (corporate CRA) worked my way up and was recruited by Cap One.

Education

High School
Kirkland, WA

Career

CRA Compliance Senior Manager

I work on the CRA performance evaluation submitted to the OCC.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Numbers
Non-Profit Organizations
Working with Others

Day to Day

I wake up early and walk to my computer in my home office and sign on to start my day. I have meetings/conference calls with my team to discuss what needs to get done today and this week. I log onto several different computer applications and start researching information so that I can complete the review of loans, grants and volunteer activities done by Capital One to see if the qualify to receive CRA credit and be included in the examination provided to the OCC (government).

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Customer service is needed in any successful job. Good communication (verbal and written) with peers and mgmt. Detail oriented, problem-solving skills, decent writing skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I think it is good to start anywhere in a large company and work your way up. Apply for a job with a company you like/respect for whatever reason (benefits, pay, what they do, etc.). A good place to start is as an assistant to learn more about the company and what they do. Once you are in the door you can get hands-on training instead of paying for a college degree that you might not use. You will be the first to know when there are job openings and possibly know the people doing the hiring.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
graduate
Graduate

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You don't have a college degree, you will not get hired for important jobs or will lose to someone who does have a degree."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial