In the Pursuit of Knowledge & A New Career!

Anita Sampson began her career as a receptionist / secretary in 1982. She was quickly promoted to a banking representative, then a customer service manager, then a department manager, and she continued to rise through the ranks of the organization. It was impossible to stop her! Anita worked very hard and eventually became Vice President of Technology. At the age of 55 and after a long and successful career, Anita envisioned that she would continue to work in this organization until retirement. Unfortunately, Anita, along with many of her co-workers, have been notified that their jobs are being outsourced overseas and they will be fired. Anita found herself looking for work for the first time in 36 years!

“I had no idea which track I wanted to go. I have worked in various positions over the years,” says Anita. Ready with a lifetime of experience and knowledge, she still remembers being concerned about being competitive in today’s workforce. Anita wanted the credentials to support her experience. “I almost finished my undergraduate degree, so I thought maybe I could complete it,” says Anita. She worked with her career coaches, Leanora “Nora” Arleno-Linard and Meira Salgado, to apply for the Commercial Adaptation Assistance Program (TAA) which qualified her not only to complete her undergraduate degree but also to continue earning a master’s degree – all within two years.

Anita set out and took four classes each semester with no summer vacations. She remembers her education alongside her son. “I only missed one class because I had to take my son for his orientation in college,” says Anita. She has graduated and is now looking at a career path in technology and is excited for her future.

From her career coaching, Nora and Meira, Anita has this message: “Your encouragement was the key and I will never forget to sit down with you and work on the process. You and the team arranged me for success. I am forever humble and grateful.”

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