Swanson Finds Variety in Banking Career
After Rachael Swanson graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a degree in real estate, she went to work at U.S. Bank in Des Moines as a credit review specialist. She stayed in banking when she moved to the Mason City area becoming a credit analyst at a local bank. Now, Swanson is a loan officer at NSB bank. There is “lots of variety in banking,” she said.
Before she went into banking, Swanson worked as janitor for a local high school. This interesting job taught her a lot, including some lessons that she still uses today. “I learned that all jobs are equally important and keep the world running!” she said.
How did you get into banking as a career?
My first job after college was at U.S. Bank in Des Moines as a credit review specialist. I liked the position and stayed in banking when I moved to the Mason City area and became a credit analyst at a local bank. My last move was to another bank in the area to become a loan officer. It was kind of a fluke but it stuck.
Prior to your current role, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had, and what lesson did it teach you that you still use today?
During one of my summer breaks in college, I was a janitor for a local high school. I learned that all jobs are equally important and keep the world running!
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
There is lots of variety in banking. Depending on your preferences, you could work anywhere from behind the scenes in operations to people facing as a teller to IT. Each area has something new to learn!
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
Classes and trainings offered give opportunity to grow, learn new processes, and see how other banks handle similar situations. They also offer great networking opportunities.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Hang out with my daughter and my husband. There is always something to do with a 1 1/2-year-old.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
You can learn something new from every person you meet.