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CUs: Just a Job or Your Career?
Friday, June 13, 2014 6:55 AM

Credit Union young professionals are vital to the survival of the credit union movement. And Young Professional Advisor Monica Sutton says there is a growing gap between young professionals and those whom are approaching retirement. Moving forward, she notes in the first edition of the CU Young Professionals e-newsletter, these leaders will look to their younger talent to carry on and cultivate the future of their credit union.

“The younger generation comes to work for credit unions for various reasons, but most often, these young professionals move on and only a handful stay to build a career at a credit union,” she tells YP e-newsletter readers. “The question we need to start asking ourselves is, ‘How do we keep young professionals in the movement, long term?’”

Sutton points out that the Cornerstone Credit Union League and credit unions offer resources to young professionals for growth in the career path through ways of educational opportunities, networking and professional development support.

In order to advance the efforts made to support young professionals, Sutton says Cornerstone YP Advisors want to hear from other young credit union professionals:

  • Why did you choose to work for a credit union?
  • What do you think is a huge contributing factor to our growing generational gap?
  • As your Young Professional Advisors, tell us what you want to see in the next two years?

Sutton is asking young credit union professionals to email their responses to the above questions to ypadvisors@cornerstoneleague.coop.

Credit union young professionals are also encouraged to submit content ideas for the new e-newsletter. Please email your suggestions to Paul Arambula, an YP advisor communication committee member, at parambula@focusfcu.org.

To learn more about Cornerstone’s young professionals’ initiative, please visit www.cuyp.coop.