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Now Hiring: IT & Technology Jobs in Maine

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist   Have you ever been interested in a career in technology or computing? If you have strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills you are a strong candidate for an IT job. Best of all, there is no need to leave Maine to find training and a rewarding career in IT. In fact, Maine businesses need employees like you!   Why IT? Job …

Daring Greatly

Written by Laurie McDonnell (Workforce Specialist, Southern Region) These two powerful words, dare greatly, were uttered many years ago by Theodore Roosevelt in his, “Citizenship in a Republic” speech on April 23rd, 1910.  They were reinvigorated recently by research professor and author, Brene Brown, when she wrote a book with those words as its title.   As someone who has taught Building Confidence classes for years, I find these words …

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Career Re-launchers: A Gem of the Workforce

Written by Chris Davis (Workforce Specialist, Western Region)   Are you are planning on returning to work after taking an extended career break?  Venturing back into the workforce can be nerve wracking, especially as we age (ripen!). Many worry that seeing a gap in a resume can raise an eyebrow of an employer. Some fear the employer may wonder if your skills are relevant, or if you have a clear sense …

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Dealing with Disappointment

  You set your goals. You take steps towards action. Yet it doesn’t turn out as you hoped.   What do you do?   One of the biggest challenges in sustaining your confidence and building resilience is dealing with disappointment.   Whether you are going after your dream job, putting yourself and your ideas forward at work and in other leadership roles, running for political office, or closing the sale, …

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It’s Never Too Late

  Have you been thinking about finishing your college degree?   Going back to school can be hard. It can mean balancing work, family, school, and homework. Even with these challenges, it is worth it. Click here to read more.   1-in-5 Mainers over age 24 have college credits but have not earned a degree. If the cost of tuition is holding you back, there are resources available to help you …

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Your College Degree: From Dream to Reality

  If life got in your way of completing college, you’re not alone. An estimated 230,000 adults in Maine have some college credits but couldn’t complete their degree because of family obligations, financial capacity, or other challenges.   Even if college feels out of reach in your budget, don’t be afraid to try it out. By using scholarships, federal education grants, matched savings, and other resources, many students can leave college …

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Moving Forward with Confidence   

  Sometimes the hardest hurdle to overcome in facing your finances, searching for a job, or starting your business is the fear of NO. Why are you nervous about negotiating money? What if you don’t get what you want? Why are you hesitant to submit your resume and follow up with a potential employer? What if you don’t get picked for an interview? Why are you insecure about pitching your …

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Family Development Accounts

  Accounts are now available! With Maine Family Development Accounts, you can save towards first-time homeownership, small business development, or your own education (i.e. associate degree, bachelor’s degree, certificate program, or coursework that will improve your earning potential).   Here’s how it works: You save up to $1000 in your Family Development Account, and your savings get matched 4:1 (up to $4000). You can save over as short a time as …

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It Takes Time: Action Planning for Change   

  As we conclude our spring Creating Your Future class in Brunswick with a strong cohort of career changers working on their action plans, we spent a considerable amount of time in this class discussing how to overcome obstacles.   Obstacles ranged from “learn the plants of Zone 5B” (from a budding horticulturalist) to “find resources to fund my education” (voiced by many who need further training to pursue a …

Brian King of Bank of America presents check to Gilda Nardone, Executive Director, (right) and Jean Dempster, Program Manager (left) to support Career and College Success Initiative.

New Ventures Maine Announces Support for a Career and College Success Initiative

Media Release Contact: Jean Dempster, Workforce Development Program Manager Phone: (207) 621-3434 Email: dempster@maine.edu   Graduates of New Ventures Maine (NVME) Career Planning classes who plan to enroll in college will now receive coaching and other services designed to improve their chances of completing their degree and finding career success.  With funding from Bank of America Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation’s William and Norinne Stoloski Fund and the Lawrence P. …

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