What do teaching and banking have in common? More than you’d think, actually.
“Both involve lots of coaching and helping others develop – both take a lot of patience, empathy, and an ability to actively listen,” shared Jennifer Hourigan, Market Leader with First Merchants Bank.
And Jennifer would know – she had a career as an elementary school teacher before she joined the banking world.
“I studied finance in school and got a job in banking, but when I had kids, I wanted a job that was more on their schedule, so I left the bank and became a teacher,” she explained.
When her kids got older, Jennifer returned to banking – but she never lost her passion for education, or for helping others grow.
In addition to working with three Chambers of Commerce across First Merchants’ northern region, Jennifer also serves as Treasurer on a local charter school’s Board of Education.