Learning and Development

First Midwest University

Through First Midwest University, we offer a broad array of training classes and seminars. Our training programs, from formal on-the-job training to our Management Development curriculum, are designed to make our employees successful in their current roles and provide development opportunities for advancement within First Midwest Bank. Programs such as Consumer Lending, Presentation Skills and Project Management are some of our offerings. We continually train employees to keep them up to date on their skills and develop them to further their careers.

Mentor Program

First Midwest Bank is pleased to offer our employees an opportunity to participate in a formal Mentor Program. This program is designed to provide a professional growth and development experience to those who elect to participate. Mentor applicants are paired with a Mentor that is selected for them based on criteria set to maximize the effectiveness of the program. While participation in the Mentor Program is not a requirement for, or guarantee of, promotion, the program allows an employee to explore additional roles within First Midwest Bank to determine interest and ability in other positions.

Coaching Philosophy

Coaching is an integral part of First Midwest Bank’s employment practices and management culture. Coaching provides feedback that helps employees:

  • Optimize performance
  • Develop specific skills
  • Set and attain goals

Coaching assists employees in:

  • Adjusting to changes in the organization
  • Addressing obstacles to reaching their goals
  • Opening up the lines of communication

These benefits have had significant positive impact on our employees and the organization as a whole.

Teller Advancement Program

First Midwest offers tellers opportunities for advancement through our Teller Advancement program. This program is designed to enhance our philosophy of promoting from within as well as rewarding employees that meet or exceed criteria in Teller core competencies. Tellers must complete required courses and are evaluated in the areas of Sales, Mystery Shops and Banking. Tellers must also be able to demonstrate effectiveness in their customer service skills, technical skills, and product knowledge.

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