October 29, 2014 by Steven Romero via email
Courage Idemudia spoke with College Ambassadors on Wednesday October 29, 2014.
Idemudia is the Southwest District Manager for the South Western Border New Mexico Community Banking district of Wells Fargo Bank. Originally from Nigeria, Idemudia grew up in Dallas, Texas. He graduated with a degree in Accounting from Eastern New Mexico University, where he also played on the football team.
While in college, Idemudia struggled at first with choosing a major. At the advice of an advisor, he tried Accounting since he is good at math. He ended up loving it, and as he took more Business classes he realized that he enjoyed studying Business.
After graduating, he worked shortly as a bookkeeper but didn’t find it as interesting as he had originally anticipated. He decided to go back to school to become a physical therapist. In order to pay for physical therapy school he took a job working part time with Wells Fargo as a teller. When a management position came open, he applied for it and was hired. He thrived in the banking industry and in August 2013 went on to become the District Manager for the Las Cruces area market.
“If you don’t like what you’re doing, you’re wasting your time,” Idemudia told the students. It’s this advice that has helped get him to where he is today. He loves interacting with people in the community, customers of Wells Fargo, as well as his employees.
He especially loves being able to assist employees develop develop their skills, and empowers them to be successful. He said a true leader gives direction to his employees, but also rolls up his sleeves and helps employees learn and get tasks accomplished. Leaders are more involved in their employees’ lives and are willing to give team members credit for their accomplishments.
Idemudia has been heavily involved in the Las Cruces community since moving here in August of 2013. He participates and supports the Mayor’s Top Teen program, March of Dimes, and currently serves as an advisory board member for the College of Business.