Doors to Opportunity! is a weekly 30-minute radio show on WGIR-AM 610 that explores higher education and jobs in New Hampshire. MCC President Susan Huard, her co-host Michael Carter of WGIR, and their guests discuss a different topic every week, ranging from higher education to careers, the job market and new opportunities in New Hampshire. Doors to Opportunity! airs on Sunday mornings at 10 on WGIR-AM.
"Why are we doing this program? Community colleges are about jobs. Everyone has to go to work at some point and make a living, but people don't always have enough opportunity to hear about what's out there, or what their true options are. That's the point of this show. Some of the best jobs are invisible to the public; I want to shed light on options. Our goal for this show is to provide information, ideas and inspiration to help you reach your dreams."
Statistics show financial sector jobs will grow 16% over the next ten years, one of the largest increases in any sector. Average pay in finance is a strong $75,000 per year, and that largely depends on where you work and what job you specifically choose. Newton Kershaw, managing director and head of acquisitions and finance for Elm Grove Companies joins Susan to discuss various financial career paths.
Erika de Beckers, veterinarian at Ark Animal Homecare and Maura Wentworth, veterinary technician join Susan to discuss careers working with animals. Like many healthcare professions, there’s lots of on-the-job training and each day is different than the next!
While all politics may be local, as the first-in-the-nation Presidential Primary state, New Hampshire has a special place in the national political arena. Many local campaign strategists, activists, volunteers, staff and organizers mobilize throughout the Granite State every election year. Joining Susan to talk about the type of work that goes on behind the scenes are BJ Perry, a Republican strategist and Lucas Meyer, who is an independent consultant and former spokesperson for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
The field of law has many variations. The traditional view has two attorneys working a courtroom with a defendant's fate in the balance. But the reality is the legal field is vast and varied, and it remains an enticing and rewarding career path for many people. Joining the program to talk about careers in law are Labor and Employment Practice attorney Talesha Caynon and Mary Ellen McMahon, a paralegal, both from Bernstein Shur Law Firm in Manchester.
You may be surprised to learn about the variety of career paths one can take in the insurance industry, which is changing with the times – especially half of its workforce will be retiring in the next decade. Susan's guest is Beth Needham, Chief Operating Officer at Eaton Berube Insurance of Nashua. She is also actively involved in the "Invest Program," which introduces students to insurance issues and careers in high school.
The drug epidemic has hit the streets of every major community, and our first responders are on the front line trying to save lives in a war that has many casualties. It underscores the important and good work our medical and social services community does to fight back against this deadly epidemic of drug activity. Susan's guests are Chris Hickey, the Paramedic Shift Commander for Manchester's AMR Ambulance and Stephanie Bergeron, development director at Serenity Place in Manchester.
Whether you're looking at the Google analytics for your website, or you're working in any industry trying to understand whether you’re successful at reaching your goals, success can be determined by looking at the data. According to the Education Advisory Board, from 2010 to 2013, there was a 32% increase in demand for college graduates with so-called data skills. Susan's guests are Jere Turner, Director of Institutional Research at Manchester Community College, and Jeremiah Johnson, UNH-Manchester Senior Lecturer of Mathematics and Coordinator for UNH-M's Analytics program.
Those who work in the area of government affairs, also known as lobbyists, play a critical role in the American political system today. This show explores what it take to be successful at working around state and federal lawmakers as they debate and decide major issues of the day. Amanda Grady Sexton, Public Policy Director for the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Gina Powers, Senior Advisor with the Government Relations Practice Group of Rath, Young and Pignatelli are Susan's guests.
While the reality is that most college and high school athletes do not become professional athletes, there are many occupations that are connected to the sports industry. Joining Susan to discuss sports/entertainment-related careers are Jenna Raizes, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the Fisher Cats and Tom Gauthier, Executive Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for the Fisher Cats.
Michelline Dufort, Director of Business Relations for the NH High Tech Council, and Catherine Blake, CEO and Founder of Sales Protocol International, who also serves on the board of directors for the NH High Tech Council join Susan to talk about employment in the high-tech field, and especially about efforts happening in New Hampshire.