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Shannon McLaughlin – West Gardiner

Shannon sitting in chair

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 34

In March 2013, Shannon unexpectedly found herself without a job. While she was confident that her 17 years of management experience would make it easy for her to find a job, this was not the case. Shannon’s confidence soon evaporated as she learned that most jobs at her level require a bachelors degree. As a result, she decided to enroll in the University of Maine at Augusta’s Business Administration program.

During her UMA orientation, Shannon learned about NVME’s My Next Career Move online class. Both she and her husband enrolled in the class. Shannon shares, “The timing was perfect! The course offered a guided exploration of careers. I could relate to what other participants were going through, and felt connected. I learned how to describe my skills to fit potential jobs and from that to prepare a resume. By applying the tools provided in this class I felt empowered.”

Translating Skills Into a Career Path

Soon after completing the class, Shannon started an internship with MaineGeneral Health (MGH). After a successful few months, she became a full-time practice coordinator. “Without My Next Career Move, I would not have imagined that I could translate my skills into something in the health care field. The class gave me the confidence to apply for this terrific opportunity. I found work where I can contribute – where my talent and perspective are respected,” Shannon reflects.

Shannon looking out windowWith the support of MGH’s tuition reimbursement program, Shannon completed her bachelor’s degree in June 2016 at UMA. Then, in 2018, Shannon moved into a new role as a Margin Improvement Project Manager. In this role, Shannon enjoys supporting her organization’s drive for improving efficiency and effectiveness. As she shares, “This is a true passion of mine. It’s been wonderful to use my Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification to give back and help MGH.”

Shannon is now celebrating her 5-year anniversary with MGH. “As a manager, I often refer to the lessons I learned at NVME when my employees need support. These are true life lessons that have stuck with me. I have even shared what I learned with my family. I encourage them to explore what will bring them a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in their work, while not conflicting with their personal values.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Job Search Strategies2022-08-30 August 30, 2022Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
My Next Career Move Self-paced2022-06-01 June 01, 2022
(ends August 31, 2022)
Build your CareerONLINE AnytimeStatewide
Resume Strategies2022-09-06 September 06, 2022Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2022-09-06 September 06, 2022Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2022-09-07 September 07, 2022Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Interview Strategies2022-09-13 September 13, 2022Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2022-10-04 October 04, 2022Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2022-10-05 October 05, 2022Build your CareerONLINE eveningStatewide
Building Confidence2022-09-22 September 22, 2022
(ends October 06, 2022)
Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Job Search Strategies2022-10-06 October 06, 2022Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Resume Strategies2022-10-13 October 13, 2022Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Interview Strategies2022-10-20 October 20, 2022Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2022-11-01 November 01, 2022Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Making Career Choices2022-11-01 November 01, 2022Build your CareerCentral
Job Search Strategies2022-11-08 November 08, 2022Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Resume Strategies2022-11-15 November 15, 2022Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Building Confidence2022-11-08 November 08, 2022
(ends November 22, 2022)
Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Interview Strategies2022-11-22 November 22, 2022Build your CareerONLINE EveningStatewide
Making Career Choices2022-12-06 December 06, 2022Build your CareerONLINE DaytimeStatewide
My Next Career Move Self-paced2022-10-01 October 01, 2022
(ends December 31, 2022)
Build your CareerStatewide