This month I had the honor of interviewing Adenna Huggins. Adenna is a Mortgage Mastery Coordinator at DHI Mortgage based in Austin, Texas. Her role is to recruit specifically for the Mortgage and Title Mastery Program. She seeks out and recruits recent college graduates to help them build a flourishing career within the mortgage industry.
“If you are offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”
– Sheryl Sandberg
There are so many things that are important when choosing a career. One of the most vital is to choose something that you love and are passionate about. Many people wouldn’t initially think of a career in the mortgage industry. But when they do, they come to understand that it is a career of helping people to succeed and realize their dreams and that can inspire a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves.
Adenna is passionate about the mortgage industry and its contribution to her community. She utilizes that passion in her role recruiting young people who are finishing their formal education and making one of the most critical decisions in their lives. They are deciding what kind of work they want, what their career goals will be and where that is going to take them.
Adenna believes that strong relationships are the key to a long and successful career. Relationships are crucial; they need to be nurtured and maintained with thought and care. Networking is only the beginning of the process. Holding on to important and beneficial business relationships through communication and willingness to learn helps when, and are the key to, fulfilling a successful career in our amazing mortgage industry.
Adenna, please outline how the concept of the Mastery Program started and how you approach it. How long have you been involved in this program?
AH: The program started about 10 years ago in our company, DHI Mortgage. During that time, it has evolved and become more specific and targeted about who we approach and our method of guiding them into our industry as they close out their formal education years.
We provide a high-level overview of our industry. We explain who we are, what we do and how all the pieces of the mortgage puzzle work together. Our goal is to provide them with a roadmap of a successful and a rewarding career in the mortgage business, and what they will need to accomplish to get as far as they want to go.
Please tell us how you got into the mortgage industry.
AH: I had worked in other areas of the financial industry for a few years. I was in banking lending first and then transferred into the mortgage side of finance. It was truly a whole different world with a language all of its own. I was intrigued by learning another type of financial work, but recruiting has always been my ultimate career goal.
I have had the great fortune to be employed in some of the roles that I recruit for, and it has given me a wealth of experience to draw from when I am talking to potential new hires. I feel like I can sit down with them and paint them a true picture of the position they are seeking and may also have an easier time explaining roles they never thought of applying for previously.