From co-worker to friend

When I started working at Vanguard years ago, I knew I’d be working for a company with a fantastic reputation and many opportunities to grow and learn. What an incredible and unexpected bonus to have also made so many friends during my tenure here.

In 2018, I will be celebrating 18 years at Vanguard, all serving Institutional clients. Working in different roles and departments within the division has allowed me to meet different types of people and many of my friendships stretch back to my earliest years at Vanguard. Every year there are opportunities to meet new crew and make new connections.

Building relationships

One memory that comes to mind is the time my team had a Vanguard Accelerated Development Program participant working on a challenging project for our department. A couple of us supported her by giving her information and advice throughout the project, and the three of us ended up as friends. As we all continue on our career journeys, we’ve found ways to keep in touch even as work, and life outside of work, gets busier. A quick coffee meetup, regular lunches (monthly nacho lunch has been a favorite for over five years!), and the occasional night out are all ways we’ve stayed in touch as our careers spread us throughout the company. And sometimes keeping in touch takes us far from Malvern – this year will mark the second time I’ve traveled with a friend I’ve made at work. After years of saying we want to explore London together, we’re planning a trip for late spring, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Camaraderie matters

It’s a common refrain that we spend more time at work than we do with our families – that time is so much more rewarding when you make friends with your co-workers.  Whether it’s grabbing lunch on a tough day, asking for feedback to help you grow and develop, or just having a network that can guide you with a challenging task, I am supported both personally and professionally.

Today, I am an Offer Evolution Analyst, working on a team focused on continuously improving our Institutional Offer. Over the years, I’ve found that each department has their own way of bonding.  One of my favorite memories is from a team that got together for pot luck dinners every month. When a team is that close it can make a huge difference in stressful situations – whether it’s a crazy busy time of the year, or a highly visible project. Based on the confidence my co-workers have in me, I feel prepared and motivated to get the job done and get it done well.

That’s what friends are for.

-Whitney E.M.

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