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Growing the Next Generation of Women in Trades

New Ventures Maine has been partnering with the Maine Department of Transportation, Maine’s Department of Education‘s Career and Technical Education programs, and the Maine Community College system for many years to provide Totally Trades! Conferences for 8th-12th grade girls, pursuing or interested in exploring, nontraditional trade and technology careers.  In the fall of 2021, the conference transitioned to a virtual career week and this spring, virtual sessions will be offered …

Work For Yourself@50+

New Ventures Maine has launched an initiative, Work for Yourself@50+ Taking the Next Step to support low and moderate-income adults, age 50 and up, as they explore self-employment and develop businesses. Taking the Next Step builds upon the exploration of self-employment through AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ curriculum and provides individualized assessment, advising, and business training to entrepreneurs ready to implement their business ideas. NVME provides ongoing support, referrals and resources for “encore entrepreneurs” as they move forward …

Five Session Career Class Offered

Five Session Career Class Offered

Are you interested in learning more about what career best fits you? Maybe you’re transitioning out of a job that no longer works for your lifestyle, family, or goals. Whether you’re just starting out or ready to change career fields, New Ventures Maine can give you the tools you need to take the next step. Our upcoming class, My Next Career Move, will prompt you to think about what kind …

Welcoming Our New Central Region Workforce Specialist, Kelley Glidden

We are pleased to welcome Kelley Glidden to New Ventures Maine as the Workforce Specialist in our Central Region.   Kelley is providing career planning and financial education workshops and coaching services for community members and UMA students in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. Kelley is also on the MoneyWise team, providing guidance on money topics. Kelley joins our staff after many years as a program director, educator, and advocate for a domestic violence program. This …

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Finally, it’s Your Turn to Pick and Choose!

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Right now in Maine, there are more people retiring each year than there are new workers to replace them. This imbalance is a little scary for our service providers and manufacturers. For people like you and me, this means a big increase in the number of career opportunities available. It is a mighty good time to explore and prepare for a career …

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Building Confidence

Written by Tom Grogan, North Central/Downeast Region Workforce Specialist “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu   Start With Confidence Why is developing a sense of confidence important in a job search? Because it is a key part of any new …

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What Employers Want

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist  The good news in today’s job market is that unemployment rates are low. However, for some employers, this makes it hard to fill key positions with strong candidates. So what are hiring managers looking for when selecting employees? Every field requires a unique set of technical skills, but what sets one job applicant apart from the rest? The answer may be in the …

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Gender and Career Choice

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager  Gender and My Career Path As a young woman or young man, or even as a child, do you remember what kinds of jobs interested you? Where did your ideas about jobs and work come from? I worked on a farm starting in the 6th grade until I finished high school. Yet, as I grew older, my thoughts about my …

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How Can I Tap the Hidden Job Market?

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist Networking – Using Our Connections Roughly, seven out of ten people got their new job last year through networking. Oddly, many of these jobs weren’t posted. Defined as hidden, the only way to access these jobs is by connecting with people. Any guesses about what a forest has to do with it? Trees build network connections as little saplings through an underground …

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Spring into Your Local Job Fair

Written by Lisa Sweet, Southern Region Workforce Development Specialist Spring provides an opportunity for growth and new opportunities. If you are looking to change careers, or want to explore the local job market, a job fair is a wonderful opportunity to connect with employers and learn about job openings.   There are many benefits of attending a Job Fair: You can talk face-to-face with lots of employers – depending on …

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