Houston, TX – The intention of the blog series is to have millennials discussing what is important to them while giving advice to older and younger generations in the workforce. The unfortunate state of the workplace from my perspective is too many people stereotype millennials and do not see the immediate value each unique individual brings to the position. No person wants to be stereotyped regardless of their generation.

The exciting thing about being in dialogue with these millennials is the great advice, talent, and  commitment they share in wanting to make a real difference. I know this talent exists across all industries and this blog series will highlight everyday people doing extraordinary things. Fortunately, these young professionals are being recognized in their organizations and there are lessons to learn from each of them.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Katie is who a commercial underwriter. She is 29 years of age. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance, and a minor in Spanish from Texas A&M University.

Katie attributes her success to pursuing a degree that was pragmatic of business and finance. She believed she chose a field based on her core competencies of math and communication skills required to complete her degree. She is also known for being open-minded. Katie purposely sought to work for a company where her job would be contributing to the main business function of the company which is lending money at a bank rather than doing corporate finance at a manufacturing company. It is an excellent match.

I asked Katie what advice she might have for senior managers. Katie wishes that she wished these managers would do more hands-on coaching. It is ok to tell employees to own their career path and training and development. It is great to trust your employee’s but you cannot be 100% hands off, especially if someone is completely new to a role. Millennials value a coaching/mentoring relationship in order to continue to grow and develop.

Katie’s dream job is actually related to her current career path with her goal of becoming a senior credit executive using her communication and finance skills.

Katie’s passion is passionate about people in her life, living with purpose, and living for Christ.

I asked Katie what advice she had for other young professionals and here is what she said “Have a great attitude and work ethic, be the first to raise your hand for projects and extra work (assuming you actually have the capacity to complete the project in question), always be professional and courteous to colleagues in person, on the phone and via email – being nice will take you so much further than screaming at everyone”.

Katie’s professional goals are to keep developing my technical writing skills for credit packages, become the senior underwriter on more client relationships and be invaluable to my team. On a personal note, I want to have a healthy baby come this October and be able to maintain a good work-life balance with the newly added dimensions of a child.

As the interviewer, I would describe Katie’s success in large part because of her strong work ethic, passion, energy, generosity of spirit, attention to detail, authenticity, excellent communication skills and problem-solving ability. Katie has what I call the X-factor, you might not be able to describe it, but you know it when you see it.

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