Part-Time Job Leads Segura to Shift Career Plan
While working on a nursing degree in college, Sandy Segura held a 100% commission-based sales job. Needing something with a fixed income, she applied for a part-time teller position. Soon after, her career plans changed direction toward a full-time banking career. “Once I got into banking, I enjoyed it and was fortunate enough to have managers who believed in me and encouraged me to continue my career in banking,” she said.
Today, Segura is vice president, consumer services manager (branch manager) at Bankers Trust’s East Branch in Des Moines. “Banking is a great career because of the industry’s job safety, stability and endless opportunities to grow,” she said.
How did you get into banking as a career?
In 2010, I was attending college and had a sales job that was 100% commission-based. I wanted a part-time job with a fixed income so I applied for a teller position — my first banking job. Once I got into banking, I enjoyed it and was fortunate enough to have managers who believed in me and encouraged me to continue my career in banking.
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?
The most unusual job I’ve had is selling Cutco knives — the best knives out there. It was my job to demonstrate our products’ features and how they would benefit the customer. Banking is no different. We talk to our customers about the products and services we offer, their benefits and how we can provide peace of mind and save them time and money.
What is your best elevator pitch for why banking is a great career?
Banking is a great career because of the industry’s job safety, stability and endless opportunities to grow. I started my banking career as a part-time teller, and with hard work and determination, I’ve been promoted to several different positions and am now a branch manager.
How does getting involved with the Iowa Bankers Association help you and your bank?
Involvement with the IBA is important because it helps us stay up to date with policy and procedure changes. My role requires me to stay informed and compliant, which inspires me to be a better leader.
When you’re not at work, what do you like to do most?
Before I became a mom, I spent most of my free time at the gym. But now my favorite thing to do is spend time with my 3-month-old daughter. Once the weather warms up, I am looking forward to going on walks with my little family.
What is a quote or guiding principle you live by?
Communication is key to the success of ANY relationship.