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.
With 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.”