Success Wall: MaryAnne Identified And Overcame Her Career Obstacles
July 22, 2013
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Meet MaryAnne...Age: 58 Job Title: Dean of Student Success "I am an education leader whose career has been dedicated to promoting higher education access, retention, and success among underserved students."
Her Goals"I was in transition following departure from a deanship at a local community college. That position, overseeing campus operations for a large community college, had brought me too far afield of my professional interests and goals: to have direct impact on programs and services that support the success of underserved students in higher education."
Her Challenges"Well, there I was at age 57, looking for the next right thing in my career. I had great experience, a strong resume, and many accomplishments under my belt. At the same time, though, I was out of work at a very critical point in my life. The type of position I was seeking - upper administration in higher education focused on student success for underserved students - is highly specialized, hard to come by. Competition is keen. I had many interviews for positions I could do - I needed to get back to work, after all--but most of them were not in the realm of 'dream job' for me." The hardest parts:
- Not allowing the age factor to hold me back
- Keeping my eyes on the prize and relentlessly pursuing the right next thing for my career
- Not allowing discouragement and worries over finances to push me in the wrong direction