Pamela works as the Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. She finished St. Mary’s college and decided to continue her education and pursue a graduate degree. Around this time Pamela began her difficult battle with depression, but she learned to get through this tough time by volunteering with homeless women and being a service to others. About a year later she found a position as a technical writer, and she continued to stay involved and following her passion by volunteering with the same group of women during her free time.
Later on applied to law school at the university that she worked at. She thought she could better serve the women in the shelter with a law degree. She finished the program four years later she started her new journey through Maryland courts an attorney for individuals who could not afford one.
A friend once advised Pamela that “if you solve a problem for someone else, you will never find to have another job.” She took this advice to heart and she was able to work with the court system to follow her dreams. Pamela managed the Maryland Court's family division. She later worked on a department to improve the family court system and make it more clear for people that could not afford a lawyer for their divorce case. She found her next job by convincing the head of courts to create the commission that she currently works on.
Pamela encouraged us to be bold, give honest answers and put yourself forward when an opportunity arises. She also advised us to volunteer to figure out new fields that we may be interested in, and so that other people can see your skills.
Susan grew up in Pennsylvania and has been working ever since she was 13. When she was in her last year of high school she met an exchange student from India. Susan’s eyes were opened, and she was intrigued to learn about differences in cultures. She decided to apply to be an exchange student and ended up living in Brazil and learning Portuguese. Through this experience she learned to adapt to all sorts of cultures.
Susan worked her way through college, and when she was finished she wanted to find a job that related to her international experience. She moved to DC and found a job doing clerical work at an international healthcare aid organization. Although this wasn’t the position she dreamed of, she did above and beyond what was asked of her. As a result, she was offered a proportion to work on a project for the office’s program in Africa. Her organization opened a new branch in South Africa she moved there for three months. After she relocated, she was asked to stay there two more years and she gladly accepted.
When she returned to the US she earned a Master’s in business and worked for pharmaceutical companies after graduating. Later on she worked for an organization that works with travelers to help them through medical emergencies. She was the chief operating officer and the president. She was very devoted to the organization and was shocked when her boss told her that her position was being terminated.
Now that Susan is in career transition, she is learning how to stay positive and make the most out of every opportunity. She encouraged people who are in similar situations as her to stay active and be health. She advised job seekers to network at every opportunity like at children’s basketball games or with your neighbors. Susan suggested that job seekers ask questions and tell people that you are looking for new opportunities.
Bob is an entrepreneur and started his own computer company right out of college. He was always interested in computers. During his undergraduate career he worked as a computer assistant. A natural path for him would have been to work at IBM. He tested out the company through an internship and realized that he would not like that sort of work environment so he decided to create his own.
Bob’s company went through many changes to keep up with the computer market. He moved away from computer sales because the demand went to larger companies. He now focuses on building relationships with customers and providing computer support to solve their problems. Bob said is essential for his company to change, and that his group was around from the start of the computer age and many of his competitors are no longer around because they didn't adapt.
Bob has a lot of experience hiring employees for his company. It used to be just him and his business partner, but now the company has grown to have 85 employees. He hired people that he has met through networking at a retail shop and at the gym. Bob said he looks for people that show initiative and are independent. He encouraged job seekers network at every opportunity, because you never know when it could lead to a job.