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Dear Trainee: Letters from the class of 2018, part 4

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May 30, 2019

As a bank trainee, you’ve been given a unique opportunity to see the big picture of how Wilson Bank & Trust operates. You’ll get to see how every process in our industry begins and is ultimately completed. As you spend time in every area of the bank, you’ll learn how to problem solve for others, and how to think outside of the box.

Two of the most exciting things about this experience are getting to know so many people who can assist you in your future role, and growing the knowledge you’ll use to assist others yourself.  It’s all about helping each other.  Every branch or department has employees who have mastered their jobs, and they are eager to pass on their wisdom.

As a bank trainee, you have to be flexible with your schedule. You never stay in one place too long, since there’s so much to see throughout your year of learning. You have to be open minded and willing to step out of your comfort zone, but when you are, you’ll find there’s opportunity everywhere. The department you’re observing may ask you to work on tasks you may not be familiar with, and when you do, you learn from the experience. You’ll also be presented with opportunities to speak in front of bank officers and represent WBT in the community. This may be scary at times, but the benefits far outweigh the nerves, and there’s always someone to help guide you along the way.

The biggest challenge of all for me was the uncertainty about what would come next after the training was finished.  When my time as a trainee was over, where would I be going?  As it turned out, my placement was as an assistant manager at an office with an opening, and a manager that I already knew well.  I’m enjoying adapting to my new responsibilities and leadership opportunities, and I know that some of my ability to adapt came from my time in the trainee program.  Not only did I pick up lots of knowledge that I now use on a daily basis, but I was prepared to serve others continuously and represent Wilson Bank & Trust with pride.

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