Rhett Belcher joined TIAA as an Enrollment Consultant and quickly moved to the Wealth Management inbound call center. Now he’s the father of a 2-year-old daughter, and also a Field Consultant, meeting on campus with employees at universities, hospitals and museums across Colorado.
What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of being a working parent?
For me, it’s finding the right balance between being there for my family and being available for our company. My job requires some overnight travel and extended time away. What I enjoy is TIAA lets me schedule these trips at a time that works for me and my family. Coming home and seeing how my hard work provides for my family is a very rewarding feeling.
What’s your definition of success as a working parent?
I was fortunate to grow up in a house where my mother was able to stay home with the kids and nurture our development. Success is being able to pay that forward to my kids and the next generation. I also want to provide the same example my father did for me by working hard and pursuing my dreams.
How does TIAA support you in that goal?
I really enjoy having a steady income that isn’t reliant on how many sales I make the week before. I truly enjoy finding a solution that’s in the best interest of the person across the table from me. What I do and the services we provide are important and that matters to me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received as a working parent?
My dad once told me, “For the rest of your life, you will be able to make money. Cherish the time with your family.”
What’s your best advice for other working parents?
Find the proper work-life balance. It’s easy to get caught up in your career aspirations. The time with your kids, especially the early years, is so precious and goes by quickly. Don’t forget to set time for your family and enjoy those special moments.
How do you think seeing your example can help your child succeed?
I hope that she understands I go to work every day, not because I don’t want to spend time with her, but because there are people who rely on my service to reach their dreams. And it’s important to be there and be committed to helping others.