My Life, My Words: Rebecca Davis — Service on a personal level
Teller at Bank of Colorado
“I’ve been working here for three years. I wanted a 9 (a.m.) to 5 (p.m.) job because I was sick of working from 2 (p.m.) to 10 (p.m.). I worked at Kum & Go so I had to do the swing shift. It’s not a lot different except I don’t have to wear a uniform and I deal with a lot of cash.
“I like working with customers, getting to see the same people that you come to see almost every day. There’s a lot of people that do come in all the time, making business deposits. It’s nice to get to talk to people you wouldn’t normally see outside of work. My job’s mostly helping customers with cash, but we do some wire transfers, too.
“I’ve never had anything happen to me here like a robbery or anything like that. We’ve had several power outages, so that’s kind of a bummer because it makes it so you can’t do anything. There’s been a few drunk customers come in and screaming at you sometimes, but it’s pretty relaxed around here. Nothing really crazy has ever happened.
“I have two kids, so they keep me pretty busy. They’re 3 and 2, so they’re pretty close together. Working here is great because they’re not sleeping when I get off work. We like to go to the swimming pool a lot and the Meeker Rec Center and we go to the park, go sledding in the winter, all kinds of fun things.
“I don’t really do anything besides working and spending time with my family. I like going camping and hiking and rock-climbing. I haven’t climbed any mountains, just walls. It’s really hard for us to find a babysitter for one thing because I couldn’t take my kids with me, and two, I’d get really terrified. It’s different when you’re on a wall and you have people helping you. Up high, it’d be really scary. For camping, I think it’d be fun to go to Alaska, I think it’d be really beautiful, but I’d like to go anywhere but here since I was born here.
“I think I’m a good teller because I’m pretty good with names. I’ll remember someone the next time they come in and if someone says their mom is sick or something the first time they come in, the next time, I try to ask, ‘Is your mom feeling better?’ I’m really good at personalizing that. I think it’s important because they don’t want to feel like just another person that you’re helping, they want to feel like they’re important to the business.
“If I did something else, it would most likely be nursing. I’ve already taken classes, and I was a CNA at the nursing home before I worked at Kum & Go, and I really liked it. When I got pregnant with my daughter, I couldn’t do any heavy lifting, so I had to switch to a different job. Since my license expired, I never went back up there, but it was probably my most favorite job. I liked the same stuff in that job, just getting to know the people and making someone else’s life feel of value, making friends.
“It’d probably be at least two or three years before I did that again. My husband is in college right now and I don’t think it’d work out too well if we were both going to school at the same time. He’s studying software engineering online with Colorado Technical University. He wants to design programs in software, but I think he really wants to design video games.”
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