Portfolio Life to return to full-time employment
A journey guided by George Dow. That’s how I view the support I received from George Dow as I transitioned from a 19 year career that included Human Resources and Service and Operations leadership. George has a special gift and provided individualized coaching, support and guidance as I made this transition. Using traditional skills and interest inventories, suggested reading and supplemented by personalized one on one coaching, George helped open up a broad range of alternatives for me- not just a traditional “find the next job” approach offered by others.
I describe this as a journey as it does not and will not have only one destination. My first destination was a significant change from a vice president position in a large corporation to a special education volunteer that led to a part time special education Para professional position for three years. Extremely rewarding work I had never imagined for myself until I worked with George. Then as the economy changed and brought school closings, time to brush off the tools George and I worked through initially to determine the next stop in my journey. This led me back to pursue a position in human resources and back to school to earn a Senior Professional Human Resource certification to ensure my HR skills and knowledge were current. I am now and HR Manager with GE Fleet Services.
Where next in my journey? While my next destination is not yet determined, I know it will lead me to something rewarding and meaningful that will allow for continued personal growth. I thank George for the guidance and support he provided and continues to provide in my journey to think beyond a “traditional” career options.