It was 2016, and I was in my last semester at Texas Christian University when I saw a posting on my college’s career search site for a job at Lument. I applied right away and secured a phone interview, which quickly progressed to an in-person interview and a job offer.

I had the relevant background — a bachelor’s in economics and finance — but I had only taken one real estate class. That didn’t seem to matter. The Lument philosophy is that if you have the aptitude and the right combination of skills, they can teach you the business.

That’s what happened to me. I’ve had great mentors and all the training I’ve needed not just to do the job but do it well. As a result, in just over three years I’ve been promoted from entry-level analyst to senior underwriter. Lument not only provided the opportunity for me to learn and grow very quickly but has also recognized and rewarded my determination to advance.

My everyday tasks include evaluating credit and property information to determine if it complies with agency and company guidelines, but I have had ample opportunity to participate in special projects that have raised my profile across the company. I have had a hand in developing our LeapOnline loan application and processing portal, as well as our new loan pipeline management system, and I’ve also been asked to train and mentor colleagues just entering the business. The exposure I’ve gained has been really satisfying.

Equally important to me is the culture at Lument. I cannot believe how great my coworkers are. Everyone is very close and gets along so well. I feel that I am not just part of a team but part of a family, and this feeling extends to every Lument employee I’ve ever met! Some of my teammates have become best friends.

I never imagined that my first job out of college would be a place where I could grow so much and would want to stay for years to come. I feel so strongly about Lument that I convinced a recent TCU graduate who had a number of job offers to choose us. I think she was skeptical at first that Lument could be as great as I described, but I asked her to trust me. Almost two years later, she is still here because everything I said proved true!