How MetLife Can Work for You: A Q&A with Katrina Harper

Senior Project Lead Katrina talks about getting involved at MetLife and how it can benefit your career.

At MetLife, our culture fosters growth at every turn you take in your career path. Through educational opportunities, working groups, and affinity programs, our employees are empowered to grow not just professionally, but also on a personal level.
 

No matter where you are in your career there’s a wide variety of opportunities at MetLife for you to collaborate with like-minded individuals who will inspire you to bring your best self to work.
 

Meet Katrina, a Senior Project Lead on our Global Technology & Operations (GTO) team at our Cary, NC campus. Katrina is living proof of the power of networking and how getting involved in the workplace can lead to new opportunities.

What were your first impressions when you started at MetLife?

One of my first impressions was that it was a very large company, but still had features of a small company – I didn’t just feel like a number. From a cultural perspective, the employees were really welcoming, and I had a very tight-knit bond with my team.

What is your favorite aspect of your role?

My favorite aspects are the engagement and relationships that I’ve established during my time here – and the impact I’m able to make in my role. I’m pretty much the only person that does what I do so I feel like my skills are definitely being utilized.

In what networking or educational programs have you participated?

When I first started at MetLife, I participated in the mentorship program. I had the opportunity to be mentored by the Chief of Staff for the Vice President of our organization. It was very interesting to see the things that were going on across the organization, and also get feedback on ways I can progress and grow in my career at MetLife.

What employee resources at MetLife have fostered growth in your career?

The intranet and a Cary campus internal communications page are great resources for finding ways to get involved. I’ve been a part of several working groups here at MetLife where I’ve contributed to improving workflow processes, assisting partners and vendors, and finding funding for various projects. Employees at all levels are welcome to be a part of working groups, and it feels good to know that the organization values everyone’s perspectives.

What are some ways that MetLife has helped you hone your leadership skills?

There are several different groups where we discuss topics across the company and learn soft skills and how to navigate the landscape at MetLife – I’m actually a manager of one the MetLife Lean-In Circles in Cary. The Lean-In Circles program is sponsored by the Women in Business Networks. Their purpose is to support in our organization by helping them build confidence, gain skills, and grow their networks. Programs like these are important because they promote diversity in the workplace and encourage employees to lend a voice and bring their unique perspectives to the table.

What advice would you give to someone looking to work at MetLife?

Get involved! We have a lot of different organizations and groups on campus. There are also numerous educational programs such as client studies or computer-based training. I would also advise them to develop as many relationships as they can, especially outside of their team. You never know where those relationships might lead. I’m a firm believer in the power of networking, and I am continuously expanding my network here at MetLife.

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