Throughout the last eight years with First Business Bank as a Talent Development professional, it has been exciting to witness countless of my coworkers explore their career paths within First Business Bank.

One of the most recent examples of my coworkers building a fantastic career is Janae’ Groover. Janae’ began with First Business Bank in Madison in 2018 as Client Services Associate. When she first began, she trained as part of the lobby crew, assisting clients with daily transactions and inquiries, often collaborating with many areas in the bank, including Private Banking and Loan Support. Her favorite part about working in the lobby was, “Building relationships with internal partners and clients.”

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Career Shift

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Janae’ had the opportunity to shadow Debbie Meysembourg, Loan Processing -Team Lead, and became interested in the potential to shift to a loan support position. With encouragement from her team and an informal mentor — Monica Schlicht, Director of Private Banking & Client Services, Janae’ started determining how to make that happen. Using her tuition assistance benefit, which is available to all First Business Bank employees, Janae’ earned an associate degree in Finance in 2020. In 2021 when a position in Loan Support opened, she applied for the role and transitioned to the team.

As Loan Support Associate, Janae’ says, “I am most excited to learn all the ins and outs of loan processing. I love to learn and gain as much knowledge as possible. I look forward to new challenges and growing in my role. I also look forward to collaborating with the lending side of banking.”

For others thinking about taking a chance on themselves and advancing their careers, Janae’ says it’s important to take that leap. “The advice I have is to just go for it,” she says. “I always take chances and trust in my abilities as a professional. The leap of faith is worth it because the reward is greater. Confidence is key to success. Believe in yourself because you hold the power to your inner greatness.”