When I was 16 years old, my first job was working as a bank teller in a bank. At the time, I felt it was important to project professionalism, organizational skills, and attention to detail. This was my first “real job.” And, truth be told, it was one of the best jobs I ever had. The skills I learned at the bank are the same skills I discuss with Feather Communications clients when writing a resume and coaching on interviewing skills.

Not only did I learn to work with people and money, I learned to work as a member of a team. That is one of the best lessons anyone can ever receive from a job. Most importantly, I learned the value of a dollar while working at the bank. I quickly learned that sometime the people you think have a lot of money really have very little. And, just as likely, that person that you thought had little money actually had quite a sum stored in the bank.

Now, I get to continue the lessons I learned while working at the bank. Through various networking events and other marketing, I have been able to increase the exposure for Feather Communications and have met many local business leaders. Because of this networking, I was recently asked to join the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement Northwest District. The mission for Junior Achievement is “Empowering young people to own their economic success.”

Over 19 years later, I have the opportunity of helping to shape Junior Achievement in our area and teaching young people how to develop success skills for the future workplace. While giving back to the community, I am able to teach the lesson that has served me well in life. What a privilege!