'I believe in what we stand for as a mutual'
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And one member, who happens to be a colleague too, is 100% committed to building society, nationwide. So much so, that people often say that she "sounds like a training manual". But this colleague admits she just can't help herself, saying: "I genuinely love Nationwide, and I'm proud to work for them and proud to be a member!"
Here's what Heather Mustafa, who works within our Channel Support team, had to say when we caught up:
How long have you worked for Nationwide and tell us a bit about your career to date?
I’ve worked for Nationwide for just over 22 years. I started as a mortgage processor and today I am a Channel Enablement Lead Manager in Branch Change and Channel Operations, which means planning, managing and delivering communications to our member facing colleagues.
I’ve always enjoyed developing my knowledge, experience and skills across a range of different disciplines. Nationwide has been brilliant at supporting and encouraging me with my own personal development to reach my potential throughout my career.
In three words, can you describe what it’s like to work for Nationwide?
Fun, rewarding and valued.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a colleague or manager which has aided your career?
Work is like the Grand National! You sometimes come across large hurdles but the secret is learning how to successfully get over them and keep going. Something else I observed early on in my career was the importance of always staying true to your values and operating with integrity. It means you're more authentic and genuine and earn the respect of those around you.
How long have you been a Nationwide member and why?
My dad set me up a Ramsbury Building Society savings account when I was born so you could say Nationwide has been a part of me for a very long time!
What does it mean to be a member?
I'm always extolling the virtues of Nationwide as a building society, its fairness and focus on members and I believe in what we stand for as a mutual.
What do you value about being a member?
Nationwide has always been loyal and supported me when I've needed them. I love how we reach out to the communities we live and work in, and positively look to make a difference to people's lives.
What is it that keeps you so loyal to the Society?
I'm truly lucky and proud to be working for Nationwide and I get to see every day the great things we do for our members. Our continued commitment to remain a building society and the positive influence this has on the market place, and leading the way with protecting vulnerable customers.