In partnership with the Clifton Boys & Girls Club, both Clifton, N.J. branches of Spencer Savings Bank hosted an interactive Career Exploration event on April 28, 2016.
Promising young Clifton Boys & Girls Club members gained a first-hand perspective of the professional world while shadowing Spencer employees, who encouraged them to dream big, set goals and pursue their visions. The day’s activities, led by Clifton branch managers Ed Kurbansade and Halina Qasem, gave insight into a variety of banking job functions including customer service, operations, sales, marketing and business development.
Both Kurbansade and Qasem noted the students’ surprise at the many inner workings of a successful financial institution. The branch managers took great pride in teaching valuable concepts–such as teamwork, leadership and focus–that equate to success. The students spent time learning about each position as they observed different skill sets, personalities and general business dynamics.
“As the community bank for these budding young adults and their families, Spencer strongly believes in supporting and guiding the next generation of job seekers as they explore their career paths,” said José B. Guerrero, Spencer Savings Bank Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We can’t say enough about the ongoing work of the Clifton Boys & Girls Club. It is an absolute pleasure to partner in their career education programming.”
The Clifton chapter of the Boys & Girls Club has been a resource for area youth since 1947, providing a wide range of youth development resources aimed at inspiring and empowering “all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.”
The Career Exploration program is one of many educational events provided by the Clifton Boys & Girls Club. The participating students in the April 28 session were Clifton High School juniors Nidal Haq and Chrystal Nahui, who were selected based on their strong academic performance and interest in business.
“Today’s students will be tomorrow’s community leaders,” Guerrero said. “We are proud to do our part in helping each of them discover their passions and pursue their visions of success.”