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What do you do when the job you love slips away?


Alum, Lauren

Professionally, Lauren was in a great place. She had a fulfilling job and she was committed to the organization. When a major contract was lost at work, so was Lauren’s job. With little preparation, Lauren had to design a new career trajectory.

When you’re in a situation where you’re not sure what to do next, you ask yourself what’s most important to you and that’s where I started.

Lauren’s professional background is comprised of experience in three primary areas: health care, military, and education with a focus on training and development.

After some deep reflection, she identified the latter as her specialty. This is where Lauren wanted to seek out new opportunities and she decided that returning to college for a master’s degree would help her get started in this new direction.

I got my undergraduate degree at Granite State and when I was looking for graduate programs, I sort of ran into their M.S. in Project Management but I was one of those students who discovered the M.S. in Leadership, which was a much better fit for me.

Lauren made school her top priority. She invested herself fully and incorporated it into her daily routine and she soon regained the fulfillment that she had found in her previous job.

I built my life around my graduate program: working part-time, making room for my master’s degree. I soon found that the evening, when I returned home to study, was my favorite part of the day. Everything we learn in the graduate programs is relevant to who you are, what you do for a living, and how you’ve chosen to build your career.

As a student, Lauren was often reassured about her decision. She gained supporters who provided encouragement and helped her provide more definition to her career pathway.

My mother returned to college as an adult student herself and she is the most supportive—I sometimes think she wishes that I had done this sooner. I also have a faculty member who provides support as a mentor. I’ve had some really hard times that I’ve had to get through and she’s always been there for me. She treats our relationship as a colleague trying to help me be the best person I can be, telling me to “get back in the game because you can do this!”

Lauren’s career hit a wall several years ago; today, she has found happiness and purpose.

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