By Alicia Gronert and Lucy Stephens
When somebody says they work at a bank, most jobs that come to mind are tellers, financial advisers, and bank managers (read: strictly money-related stuff). But, did you know that there are a number of jobs offered by banks that you probably didn’t even know existed (we didn’t anyway) – and most of them have little to do with number crunching.
Here are 7 of the not-so-conventional jobs we discovered...
What’s the number one thing that could make a trip to the bank better (or just life in general, really)? Coffee of course! Coffee carts and cafes are popping up inside banks to give customers a ‘brand experience’ by fuelling them with coffee to help them feel relaxed about an otherwise ‘generic’ banking experience. Forget about having to wait in line – just relax and enjoy a coffee while you wait, or have a coffee brought to you while discussing home loans with a lender.
If meeting, greeting and directing traffic is your sort of thing, why not be a concierge at a bank? Similar to a hotel concierge, bank concierges organise and arrange to help and assist you in your banking needs, confirm appointments and direct you to specialists to help make your financial life more manageable.
Banks are involved in loads of events, but who would have thought they would have a person dedicated to organising them? Bank event planners are responsible for planning and coordinating client events, of which there is a jam-packed calendar full throughout the year. While the space regularly plays host to seminars with specialist presenters on a range of banking topics, the event spaces have been known to hold cooking demonstrations, new-season fashion or event launches in partnership with their own campaigns, as well as being hired out for external events and even photo shoots. Who knew?
Forget paying a visit to your stand-alone holiday provider – if you’re in the market for a vacay, these days you can head down to your local bank. Banks are now offering travel professional jobs to assist their customers in spending their hard earned savings on something worthwhile – like a round the world trip. And why not? The banks have special and exclusive deals for customers as well, and can brief you on how to use your credit card points to buy flights, hotels and other travel expenses, and you tee up a loan or high interest savings account with the bank while you’re there!
How often have you wished you had a PA in your life? Whether it’s assistance with booking fine dining restaurants, theatre and sporting events, picking up your dry cleaning, organising limousine transfers and flights and even buying birthday presents, some top tier global banks are offering their services as lifestyle consultants to their busy business clients.
To support their employees with families, some banks in the US and UK are now offering childcare for employees to drop their kids off before heading to work. The childcare centres are not in the bank itself but are operated by the banks, employing childcare and early learning specialists throughout work hours.
Marketing and Social Media Analyst
Not an unheard of job, but did you know many banks have Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest and blogs? The marketing teams are dedicated to updating the bank’s social media feeds with pictures and videos to foster customer relationships and offer advice and provide insights into special offers and small businesses doing big things. Pretty much sounds like the best bank job ever!
The Commonwealth Bank Flagship Store in Brisbane’s CBD is a bank like no other. Their flagship store has four of these jobs (barista, travel consultant, event planner and concierge - to name a few) to cater to the wants and needs of their customers, making it the flagship of all banks.
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