We’re supposed to love our career right? Well I looooooovvvvvveeeeeed (in true millennial fashion) GE. The General Electric Company, General Electric Capital Corporation, GE Capital Americas, Synchrony Financial, GE Capital Retail Consumer Finance, GE. Change is good and more manageable when working in a culture that’s conducive to growth. But something was always changing; my colleagues and I would joke, “you can’t spell change without GE.” New process, new G/L account, new project, new cafeteria workers. Like come on, really?!
But things like “simplification” and “healthymagination” were more like upgrades. Converting a meeting room to a workout room was a welcomed change for me, since I commuted 100 miles a day for 4 long, agonizing, painful, frustrating years in Atlanta traffic. I’d workout and leave the office once traffic was lighter. We had roundtables with executives, interactive training sessions and of course “GEOS” season, where employees got to tell leadership how they really felt.
As a member of the finance and risk organizations responsible for over $26 billion in assets, I’d implemented new FASB pronouncements, created a commercial risk assessment process and worked cross-functionally on multiple projects. I mean who knew that amortizing bonds and evaluating RCSA’s would be this fun? Not much room to get bored, there was always something new to do. On July 27, 2009, I had no clue what securitization was. Fast forward two years later when I’d created and presented “What is Securitization” to the entire finance department - complete with the flowchart and journal entries to match the commentary.
I’d also championed the company’s diversity efforts as a regional chapter leader for the African-American Forum or AAF...and what a refreshing experience that was. Professional development, volunteering, selfies with the CEO and a network of friends who all pushed each other to be great. I went back to college - literally having earned my Master’s degree from Troy University (Go Trojans & O-H!) and figuratively on many trips to Crotonville, GE’s management development institute that grooms its future leaders. After a complicated pregnancy with my daughter, I returned to work after 7 months of bedrest and maternity leave & was treated as if I hadn’t missed a beat. Being able to pump at work was everything, as was being able to work remotely as needed. Despite everything going on right now (accounting, WMC, Alstom, jet engines), GE had an unparalleled corporate culture. The employees were just as important as customers and it was felt throughout the organization.
I had the privilege of learning, earning, growing and doing some pretty cool things during my 6 ½ years at GE. I experienced countless times that I refer to as “pivotal moments of personal growth” during my tenure. I had mentors across different businesses, functions and countries. To see so many senior executives that looked like me and could relate to where I came from was invaluable. In adjusting to new environments, we sometimes look like “fish outta water” but having guidance on navigating those waters can determine the direction of your career. I was fortunate to have that, and then some, at the meatball. Or RCF. Or GECA. Or just GE.
How can you find your “GE” and land a job you love? Simple:
Align yourself with a company whose goals align with your own
Be vocal about your career intentions
Do the work. All of it. With excellence.