Kassandra Martin

PODCAST: A ‘transformative time’

Kassandra Martin improved her skill set to increase her value—and feed her passion.

June 11, 2021

As a graphic designer, Kassandra Martin brought creative skills to her job at Direct Federal Credit Union in Needham, Mass. She took it upon herself to learn the data analytical skills that increased her value to the credit union and gave her a more strategic role within the organization. 

In this podcast, Martin, digital strategy manager at Direct Federal, explains how she applied the same patience and diligence required to learn graphic design programs to gain mastery of data analytics platforms. “You have to practice, try things out, and not beat yourself up if things don’t work out the first time,” she says. 

Martin provides a road map for young professionals seeking a pathway to success, especially at a time when digital skills are so in demand. “This is a transformative time,” she says. “Now is the time to share your ideas. Any good manager should be receptive to continuously improving new processes and developing new ways of doing things. After you see your ideas realized, it provides you with an even great sense of passion and fulfillment.” 

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In this episode:

1:23: Starting in the credit union movement

1:58: What was appealing about credit unions

3:05: Learning her digital skill set

6:23: Coding experience

7:16: A typical workday (sort of)

8:55: The effect of coronavirus (COVID-19)

11:30: How to become more analytically focused

13:48: Advice for other young professionals