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Participant Profile: Alycia Fox

Alycia Fox of Bath started community college in 2009 at the age of twenty-one. Life challenges interrupted her pursuit of a degree for a time. Then, in 2016, she decided to explore her options.   Shaping Her Goals Alycia enrolled in an online career planning class with New Ventures Maine. She wanted to make a better future for herself than her work as a per diem CNA was providing.   …

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Is Finding a Mentor Right for You – YES!

 Written by SarahJoy Chaples North Central/Downeast Workforce Development Specialist   “Where are we meeting for coffee?” It’s time to sit down with my mentor for our monthly check-in. This one hour (sometimes more!) out of my month is one that I cherish. It inspires, refocuses, validates, and challenges me.   Find Someone Who Can Guide You Through the Forest Do you know the saying “you can’t see the forest for …

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It’s Your Time: Enroll in a Fall Class

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist   School’s out for summer! Your kids are at the finish line of another school year – now is a great time to start thinking about doing something for you!   Consider enrolling in a fall course, either in person or online.   University College centers across Maine make it easy to find a class close to home. There are centers in: …

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Is Online Learning for you?

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   Easy access to technology and the internet has opened up new possibilities for skill building and personal enrichment. At New Ventures Maine we have offered some online learning opportunities, and continue to explore how to best reach people through technology.   If you have never taken an online class, ask yourself the following: Am I too busy to …

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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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