Interview

What has your career path looked like at Key?

I was an accounting major, and I started as an intern in the Risk Review Group (Internal Audit). After I graduated from college, I moved on to the analyst program within Internal Audit. I frequently volunteered with things like mentoring incoming students and participating in various recruiting events. Through that work, I developed a passion for talent acquisition and recruiting. Key is the type of organization where you can start in Risk Review and wind up in HR because leaders are open-minded and welcoming of cross-functional moves. Career mentoring is a big focus among Key leaders.

What has been your experience with Key’s company culture?

From day one, I have felt valued for my talents, skills and diverse experiences. People think “bring your authentic self” is just a tagline, but I felt I could be myself here and be valued for what I bring to the table. I’ve had many leaders tell me, “Don’t be afraid to have a voice.”

I’m very proud of Key's collective passion for positively impacting the community.

Has your career development been enabled at Key?

From my experience, Key offers a ton of opportunity for growth for those who seek to develop their career. There are many tools available that I’ve personally taken advantage of—things like on-demand training modules, live training workshops and participating in the mentoring program—to name only a few. Building a relationship with my mentor has helped me broaden my network. Open dialogue with leaders has led to stretch assignments for additional skill development. Building business acumen and creating a personalized career path are other things I’ve gotten out of Key’s career development programming.

Continuous improvement is a cornerstone of Key’s culture, and there is a framework in place to help make that happen on many levels—including your career path.

What advice do you have for college students interested in interning at Key?

You are in the driver’s seat of your career, and work ethic is super important to differentiate yourself. Show you are driven. Take advantage of speaking with leaders/peers/guest speakers. Show interest and start the conversation. I’ve found that people at Key are approachable and welcoming of 1:1s and virtual coffee chats. Get to know people on a personal/professional level. Also, get involved with internal networking groups, campus recruiting events, presentations, etc. The more involved you are, the more valuable and meaningful your work becomes.

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