I partner with NPOs to connect financial products / services to communities that need it most.
A great day is one where I work with a range of people within the company and externally in the community. It could start with a meeting at a local branch to brainstorm around how to enhance a partnership serving low income immigrant women, mentoring small business owners on how to grow their business, participating as a judge at a business competition, serving on the Board of a non-profit organization, meeting with a team to solve a problem and create a needed solution, and more.
Here's the first step for high school students
Talk to as many people as possible about their careers, their journey, and build your network! Offer to volunteer and learn about jobs / careers that you may not have ever heard of before. I wish I knew earlier on about Community Development Banking earlier on in my life, before spending my undergrad years studying medicine. (I didn't apply to medical school.) The world is evolving so fast and there are so many careers and jobs out there.
"Why don't you apply to a safe school? Be more 'realistic' with your goals. Oh, but you don't go to a real Ivy League."