7 Tips for CAREER Success
As I sit down to write this, I’m Chief
Legal Officer of the nation’s 17th largest
retail mortgage lender, RPM Mortgage.
This is 25 years into a consumer lend-
ing career that’s included work at other
venerable organizations like Chase, PNC,
at UC Berkeley for undergrad and law school and Whar-
ton for my MBA.
Sounds like a good run when it’s all crunched into
two sentences like that, but like all careers, my run hasn’t
been a sprint. It’s a marathon with as many hard lessons as
happy victories. Great mentors have always shown me the
way, and now that I’ve earned some stripes—or at least
a bunch of battle scars—it’s finally time for me to share
a few lessons with others who are looking to grow and
thrive in this fun and tough business.
YOUR EDUCATION IS NEVER OVER
Education is one the most powerful weapons you can
have in your professional arsenal. Learn as much as you can
about topics that interest you in and out of the office. You
never know when an interest, either personal or professional, will open doors.
Years ago, I was managing a legal department and
moving up the corporate ladder. I had my law degree, but
By Lorraine Sumulong