Have you ever stepped back and asked yourself how you ended up where you are today in your career? Did you take a traditional or untraditional path? Are you still chasing your dreams? Reflecting on how you got where you are can provide valuable observations to help guide your future goals.

Asking children what they want to be when they “grow up” is similarly revealing. I ask my 3-year-old daughter this question on occasion and some of her choices include a farmer, a baker, and the Easter Bunny. Most recently she told me she wants to be a Mommy who works at “The Bank” (hmm, sounds familiar).

Looking back, I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a banker. When I was about 5 years old, I would sit at the kitchen window of my childhood home and pretend I was a bank teller. That same interest in banking continued into my high school days, when I was fortunate enough to land a job at First Business Bank through my high school’s business co-op program. As I graduated from high school and began college, I still wanted a career in banking, so I obtained a degree in finance and interned at… where else… First Business Bank!

I never was the bank teller of my childhood dreams, but I have had the privilege of working in nearly every department of First Business over the past 18 years. Today I enjoy my role as a Project Manager through which I get to implement all our new Treasury Management products. It is fascinating to be on the innovative side of things and bring to life the latest and greatest products and services to provide value for our clients and help them do their jobs more efficiently.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

I encourage you to take a trip down memory lane and think about how you ended up where you are at today. It can tell you a lot about yourself — clearly I found my “home,” even in high school, at First Business Bank. I would love to hear the story of your journey. How have your work experiences led to where you are now? Do you still have places you’ll go, even within the same organization?