Being the new kid is never easy.
But it’s especially difficult when it’s a new job in a new career path in a new city.
I’m new to Verity Credit Union, the financial world, and the Snohomish/King county region. For seven years, I worked as a reporter at The Bellingham Herald. But late in 2011, my husband and I decided it was time for a change, so we found new jobs and a new place to live, a short 57 miles from the place we’d called home for most of our lives.
I’ve been the “new kid” many times during my 29 years, both as a kid and as an adult, and this is, by far, the easiest transition I’ve had.
Why, you may ask? Because of the team at the Alderwood Branch. My six new coworkers welcomed me with open arms, helping me learn the multiple computer systems and patiently answering my never-ending questions. They even took pity on me the first few weeks and gave me rides to and from work while my car was being repaired.
Now that I’m a month into my new gig, I’ve learned a few important things that I thought I’d share:
- New $5 bills like to stick together, making them difficult to count quickly.
- Verity is part of the Shared Branching network, meaning people from other credit unions (and vice versa for Verity members) can do basic financial transactions at our branches. This is a great service both for our members and the community at large.
- If you add-up all your checks for the day before closing time, someone will undoubtedly come in with a check to deposit.
- Weather is the most common topic of discussion, regardless of the type – liquid sunshine, actual sunshine, wind, impending cold snaps… the list goes on.
But the most important thing I’ve learned is how wonderful Verity Credit Union members are to work with. They come into the branch smiling, ready to chat and share life stories. And many members have been extremely patient with me as I fumble my way through complicated transactions, correct mistakes I’ve made and ask them the same question more than once.
As I said, being the “new kid” isn’t easy… but at least at Verity it’s enjoyable.
Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.
I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.
When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.