I grew up in a family where both my mother and father had their own businesses. I worked in both growing up, went to college, and then in banking. I worked in lending for 25 years. First in banking, and then working in economic development lending.
It was working for Coastal Enterprises Inc. (http://www.ceimaine.org/) that I realized how much I enjoyed working with people who were trying to help others start and grow their businesses. It was also when I went back to school. I completed my MBA in Management and then went on to obtain a MS in Business and Marketing. To top it off, I went into a doctoral program in Business. Like so many people, I completed all of my coursework, took my comprehensive exams, and achieved the ABD level. All but Dissertation. I never did finish my dissertation.
I taught in the University of Maine System (Augusta) for 7 years and decided it wasn’t what I wanted, and because I hadn’t finished my doctorate it was a mutually agreed departure. I left UMA. For the past five + years I have been working as a business adviser/consultant/counselor and feel like I have truly found a career that is rewarding, fascinating, and enjoyable. There are always new problems and situations that are challenging and important to my clients. The people are real, not textbook examples. I have the opportunity to help them, and the opportunity to watch their growth and success. It’s very satisfying!