Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Jessica Mojica Embraces Her Heritage and Values Instilled By Her Parents to Build a Successful Career
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By Kyle Babcock | Published: September 2021
Jessica Mojica traces her roots back to the humble beginnings of her parents in Puerto Rico, taking great pride in the heritage that has helped mold her.
“My parents worked extremely hard to give us opportunities they did not have to learn and grow,” she said. “While I was born in the United States, I spent a good amount of my childhood summers in Puerto Rico.”
“I’m proud to be Puerto Rican,” Mojica added. “You can take us off the island but the island spirit carries with us wherever we go in life. Spanish music is always playing in our home and we still make many traditional Puerto Rican foods each and every week.”
Mojica has carried that sense of pride in her culture and the strong work ethic instilled by her parents with her throughout her life, helping to build a successful career in banking and finance.
“I’ve been in banking my entire career, starting at the age of 16 in lockbox operations, moving to transit and then investigations,” she said. “I later worked in various roles within accounting and operations before switching over to personal trust administration in 2013, and I now serve as Vice President and Senior Trust Administrator at Christiana Trust Company of Delaware, a subsidiary of WSFS.”
As Mojica climbed the corporate ladder, she’s continued to seek opportunities to continue her own growth, putting her strong work ethic into action.
“I have an associate degree in accounting from Goldey-Beacom College,” she said. “In addition, I have earned my Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) Certification, and am currently working toward obtaining a paralegal certificate with a concentration in estate planning from Widener Law School. I am also considering getting my bachelor’s degree in legal studies.”
Having worked hard in her career from the age of 16, Mojica shared some tips and advice for others looking to grow and advance professionally and personally:
- Be Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem
“Rather than complain about a problem or difficult situation, try to help find a solution. This is how I have continued to learn and grow in my career. If I don’t know the answer and no one else is able to assist, I do the research to help find the answer to the problem.”
- Own Your Mistakes and Learn from Them
“We all make mistakes. As hard as I try not to, I am by no means perfect, no one is. People will respect those who are honest and learn from their mistakes. I still remember making a pretty big mistake early in my career and just waiting to be called in to my boss’ office, but it didn’t happen. I finally went to my boss and asked if he was going to talk to me about what happened and he responded, ‘there is nothing I can say to you that you haven’t said to yourself a hundred times since, and you’ve already implemented processes to ensure it doesn’t happen again, so there’s not much to talk about.’”
- Hard Work Pays Off
“I learned the value of hard work from watching my parents. It is important to work hard every day, not just when you think someone is watching. Do this, and success will follow.”
About the Author – Kyle Babcock
Kyle Babcock is Integrated Communications Strategist at WSFS Bank. He has more than eight years of experience in product and professional services marketing, communications and advertising.
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