Q: What is one thing you wish you knew 10 years ago about advancing your career?

Credit Union Young Leader:
Devin Selte
Senior Manager, Member Experience & Analytics

Credit Union:
Servus Credit Union

A: I started my career in the credit union system in 1999. At that time, I didn’t really know much about it and was just thankful to have a job coming out of college. Through the next 10 years, I learned the value of helping our members reach their financial goals, and helping build better communities. In 2009 at the age of 30, my view of the credit union changed drastically after having the opportunity to attend the World Council of Credit Unions conference in Barcelona, Spain. It opened my eyes to so much more to this really awesome thing called the credit union movement.

I learned that credit unions existed in more than just inside my own credit union. I learned that there were other credit union young leaders in the world wanting to do and be so much more to make a difference. I learned what it truly meant to live by the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People”. Having the opportunity to attend this event was truly a turning point in my career. Now, with the continued creation and growth of young leader development programs at a local, provincial, and national level across the Canadian credit union system, these type of opportunities are readily available for any young leader looking to develop themselves in their credit union career. I would strongly recommend any young leader to take advantage of these experiences as they provide the ability to make a difference in your life, just like it did for me.

I only wish I had known about this in 1999.