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Doors to Opportunity Podcast

Opportunity Knocks Recording

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."

- MCC President Susan Huard

Doors to Opportunity Archive

Episode 89: Careers in Law | June 21, 2015

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.

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Episode 88: Careers in the Insurance Industry | June 14, 2015

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.

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Episode 86: Drug Treatment/EMT Careers | May 31, 2015

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.

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Episode 84: Careers in Analytics | May 17, 2015

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.

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Episode 83: Careers in Government Affairs/Lobbying | May 10, 2015

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.

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Episode 82: Sports-Related Careers | May 03, 2015

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.

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Episode 81: High-Tech Careers | April 26, 2015

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.

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Episode 80: Careers in Marketing & Advertising | April 19, 2015

Did you ever think about what goes into the creation of memorable slogans like, the U.S. Army's "Be all that you can be" campaign? Nike's "Just Do It," or "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there." The American Marketing Association defines marketing as "The activity, set of institutions and processes for creating, communicating, delivering and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large." To discuss career paths in marketing, Susan's guests are Mike DeBlasi, Director of Strategic Marketing at EVR Advertising and Kelly Chisholm, Business Professor at MCC.

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Episode 79: Careers in Journalism | April 12, 2015

Journalism has changed a lot over the last few years, mainly because of the type of technology used to be able to cover stories of all kinds. Twenty-four hour news stations, web sites and social media have changed the pace of news gathering, but the job remains the same. Trent Spiner, Executive Editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Jamie Staton, Sports Director and Anchor for WMUR-TV are Susan's guests.

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Episode 78: The Importance of Networking | April 05, 2015

A Washington Post article, titled "Networking 101" says, "Networking is not a mere exchange of business cards at a cocktail party, nor is it bragging about yourself or begging for help from people you barely know. Networking is building relationships on the basis of trust, and involves a give and take." Jeannie Dibella , Director of Human Resources at MCC and Tammy Boucher, President of Boucher Public Relations and Project Manager for Leadership Greater Manchester discuss networking strategies.

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