How I Went Back to School & Reinvented Myself

Joan Smith
Joan Smith
How I Went Back to School & Reinvented Myself

As a mid-life career changer, I decided to take a leap of faith and return to school. I planned to pursue a Masters in Human Resource Management while working full-time and caregiving for my family.

Juggling these roles, in addition to trying to engage in the HR space, plus active...

As a mid-life career changer, I decided to take a leap of faith and return to school. I planned to pursue a Masters in Human Resource Management while working full-time and caregiving for my family.

Juggling these roles, in addition to trying to engage in the HR space, plus active membership in two professional associations was not easy. In the midst of this, I was nominated to be a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation’s largest leadership society through the university. These accomplishments really helped to make the struggle feel worthwhile.

In this chat, I will share my story, how I navigated this busy path, how I am still learning & adjusting to my new career, plus some insights to make your journey a little easier.

Meet The Speaker

Joan Smith
Joan Smith

Joan C. Smith is an HR career change agent. Joan has a BA in Journalism from Clark/Atlanta University and a Master’s of Science in H.R. Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Joan graduated with honors and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Joan has been a featured blogger with Gov Loop blogging on Career and Human Resources subject matters in addition to serving as a Gov Loop Ambassador. Joan was also a Brand Ambassador and Independent Contractor for the “Work It Daily-Career Hub,” the fastest-growing career network on social media. Joan has also been a featured guest podcaster on the Business Men and Women of Color show where she spoke on “The Importance of Understanding the Full Potential of Human Resources.”

A member of her local Association of Talent Management, Joan has co-lead the chapter’s mentoring program as a Program Coordinator. Joan is also passionate about workplace wellness and has previously served as a Health and Wellness Ambassador with the Arlington County Government.

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