Sally Thorn Discusses Her Post-Retirement Career Change

photo of Sally ThornWhen I enrolled in NVME’s My Next Career Move class in March of 2022, I had been retired for two years and wanted to pursue a part-time position. I was looking for assistance to update my resume and cover letter. I also needed to consider what I really wanted to do next.

Before retiring, I’d had a career in banking and then earned my graduate degree in education and worked as a school counselor for many years, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I retired just before the COVID-19 pandemic as my husband’s health was declining (he is now deceased). My plan was to return to work part-time; I was just not clear on when and what I would do.

In 2022, I saw an article in the Morning Sentinel about a career exploration class from NVME. It was exactly what I was looking for. Completing the assignments gave me the confidence boost I needed to begin my job search.

I searched for a few months but did not find opportunities that I wanted to pursue, so I decided to inquire about a job in the Dover school district I retired from, which led me to apply for a part-time social worker position at the middle school. I got the job! The work is extremely rewarding and the schedule is great—it’s a perfect match that allows me to use my skills in new ways and fulfills my desire to make a difference.

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Changing Jobs: Finding Work That Fits2024-02-29 February 29, 2024
(ends March 14, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Job Search Strategies2024-03-21 March 21, 2024Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Building Confidence2024-03-13 March 13, 2024
(ends March 27, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Resume Strategies2024-03-28 March 28, 2024Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
My Next Career Move2024-03-12 March 12, 2024
(ends April 02, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Connecting Women to Construction Careers2024-04-04 April 04, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Interview Strategies2024-04-04 April 04, 2024Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Connecting Women to Forestry Careers2024-04-09 April 09, 2024Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
My Next Career Move Self-paced2024-01-22 January 22, 2024
(ends April 29, 2024)
Build your CareerONLINE asynchronousStatewide