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PROFILE

Idalia

National Bank Examiner, Analyst to Associate Deputy Comptroller

Chicago, Ill.

I enjoy seeing the positive impact of my work. The employees here are highly motivated to protect the safety and soundness of our national banks and federal savings associations.


Education: University of Texas–Pan American, BS in accounting
Joined OCC: 2001

My Path to the OCC

I learned of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. I completed an internship at the OCC in Chicago during college and loved the experience. After graduation, I accepted a position in Chicago as an associate national bank examiner.

Why I chose the OCC

Prior to my internship, I hadn’t considered bank examination as a career option, but I found the work challenging and the mission rewarding. I know people who have worked here for 40 years, and I understand why they’ve stayed so long. I enjoy seeing the positive impact of my work. The employees here are highly motivated to protect the safety and soundness of our national banks and federal savings associations.

On OCC Culture

Our culture is centered on teamwork and collaboration. Although we have employees across the country, we keep the lines of communication open. It’s nice to know that our network is nationwide.

Exploring Different Career Paths

Rotations are a great way for employees to expand their skills. I’ve completed several rotational assignments during my time at the OCC. When a business unit looks to fill a rotational position, they notify all employees. Before starting my current job, I did a rotational assignment as an Assistant Deputy Comptroller (ADC) analyst for midsize banks. That assignment provided the experience I needed to apply for my current job.

Advice for New Examiners

Focus on understanding the core principles of bank examination and work towards getting your Uniform Commission Exam certification. Once you have a solid foundation, the opportunities to specialize or advance are endless.


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