Jesse Poole – Vinalhaven

Jesse sitting at table with his laptop

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 13

In the spring of 2017, Jesse was considering enrolling in New Ventures Maine’s My Next Career Move class. As a UMA Rockland Center student, Jesse was familiar with online classes but had less familiarity with the in-person class experience. With encouragement from Melinda Wildes, NVME’s Workforce Specialist in Rockland, he decided to enroll.

Jesse shares, “I definitely enjoyed the class. I found that even for an introvert, it was not as scary to participate in a group as I’d feared. It was supportive and we were all in similar situations.” By the end of the class, Jesse had created a written plan to reach his personal, education, and career goals. He notes that the “barrier of living on an island” has posed a challenge for him in pursuing his goals. Having a clear plan makes that challenge less overwhelming.

Jesse looking out windowSteps Forward

As a result of completing the career class, Jesse received a GEN scholarship to support his educational pursuits at the University of Maine at Augusta. Jesse is now even more involved in the college experience at UMA. “My experience as a work-study student and tutor have helped me to gain confidence, and now I have also joined the Student Association,” Jesse shares.

Jesse says, “See what you are capable of and don’t be afraid to test your limits. At first, it was intimidating starting out in my 30’s. I was not sure I would be good at college. Now, I realize that I can do these things even though I was unsure before I tried them. I am so thankful there are organizations like NVME.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Resume Strategies2024-06-18 June 18, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Interview Strategies2024-06-25 June 25, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Job Search Strategies2024-08-08 August 08, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Resume Strategies2024-08-15 August 15, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Interview Strategies2024-08-22 August 22, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Building Confidence2024-09-02 September 02, 2024
(ends September 16, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2024-09-19 September 19, 2024Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Connecting Women to Construction Careers2024-10-01 October 01, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Connecting Women to Forestry Careers2024-10-02 October 02, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Changing Jobs: Finding Work That Fits2024-09-25 September 25, 2024
(ends October 09, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Job Search Strategies2024-11-06 November 06, 2024Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Building Confidence2024-10-23 October 23, 2024
(ends November 06, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2024-11-07 November 07, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Resume Strategies2024-11-13 November 13, 2024Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Interview Strategies2024-11-20 November 20, 2024Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
My Next Career Move Self-paced2024-09-01 September 01, 2024
(ends December 01, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE asynchronousStatewide