Isabel Navarro - Highlight
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
In my earlier college years, I never imagined I would take up a career in finance. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do for quite a while. Initially I was a history major, then I bounced over to political science. However, neither of those seemed like the right fit, so I switched to accounting because I liked math and thought the two would go hand in hand. I quickly realized that was not the case so I made another switch to a mathematics major. As much as I enjoyed the classes I didn’t really know what the job outlook would be like, most of my peers in the mathematics major wanted to be teachers or engineers. Neither of those fields really called to me. I made the last change to a finance degree and instantly knew it was the right one for me.
What’s funny is that when I was taking finance courses in college, Treasury was never really emphasized. I always thought I would be looking for jobs as a Financial Advisor or Financial Analyst, I never really knew what career opportunities Treasury had. Fortunately, I was able to intern for a utility company in southern Indiana within the Treasury group. It was such a great and valuable experience to me that after I graduated college I went on to pursue other Treasury roles. Currently I’m a Treasury Analyst at Abbott Labs, my team manages inter-company loans and foreign exchange.
When people I know ask me what I do for a living, as best as I try to explain I always get blank stares. Treasury isn’t a common career but it is even more abstract to a lot of members of my family. My parents both immigrated to the United States from Mexico in their late twenties. Neither of them finished grade school as they were from very rural towns with no formal education system. They held blue-collar jobs their whole lives, and even though they can’t quite connect with the type of field I work in, I know it makes them proud because they always associate white-collar jobs with the American Dream.
When I am not at work doing fun Treasury related things, I spend most of my time with my soon-to-be Husband, John, and our four amazing American Bulldogs (Nugget, Usi, Eight-ball, and Gringo). They are a handle full and keep us super busy but I also enjoy volunteering with animal shelters/rescues and I recently started a local volunteer group in our Neighborhood- Chicago Dunning Community Helpers.