Something I had completely forgotten about; I love numbers! Not so much math, per se, but the products of massaging raw data into explaining trends. I am a fiend for this kind of thing. Both in the making of it and the understanding it. I could immerse myself gladly in this world!
What happened was that I was asked to go to a Strategies Seminar with the Marketing Manager (equivalent to a bank VP). There was an opening and another officer wasn't able to go, so I was asked. This meeting was attended by mostly high level folks. The data gathering/report generating/strategy planning company does this meeting every 6 months. They present the information they gather back to the group, which is the Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan). We get our data back in a 3" thick binder, and then we spend the day comparing it to the group averaged data to see how we stack up.
We get to see what the numbers tell us are our strong points, and where we need to develop programs. I had thought all this would be way over my 2 weeks of understanding this business. I was SO pleasantly surprised that I found myself making copious notes of things I could do to improve certain areas. Not just in terms of what I do with the web or the signage, but how I could actually help branch managers understand what their demographics are.
What? Hold up. I thought I was going to spend my time making pretty graphics and managing web pages. I didn't know that I was going to be able to actually help make a branch stronger. How did this happen? Well, it would seem that once again in my long and illustrious career, someone noticed that I have a valuable brain that is capable of putting puzzle pieces together and coming up with grand plans. Since I love this type of task, it's been explained to me that what my job is going to entail is disseminating information from various sources and creating ways of returning that info to the web and signage and branch location as it applies to marketing.
In other words...My job is not going to be just making the pretty pictures like I thought. It's going to be akin to managing a branch, and my branch is The Internet.
If I was going to find myself back in the corporate world, I simply cannot imagine a more appealing task. And the juiciest part is that this isn't a position that I can follow someone elses lead. This is all new for them, so I get to pick a direction and sell it.
I suppose I could just put my head down and do the job I thought I was getting, and be very content. But I have an opportunity to achieve something here and this makes me feel whole again. Why just show off when I can shine?