Fifteen years ago, Dottie Nanto had a successful career managing travel agencies. She left that career to focus on her husband and their three young children. Now in their late teens and early twenties, her children are branching off into their own lives and, as they do, Nanto is looking ahead to reestablishing a career in management.
In 2007, she enrolled at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and graduated in 2010 with an associate degree in management. The classes gave her the opportunity to learn the latest computer applications and refresh her office skills.
“I figured if that is what I wanted to do, get back into the workplace, I needed to update my resume,” Nanto said.
Not a good student in high school, Nanto was apprehensive about going back to school in her forties. “I was nervous as to whether or not I could do the work,” she remembered. “It is like anything else as you mature in life. You see how you can do things and what it takes to get where you want to be. I learned how to study and how to take notes, which I didn’t do in high school.”
Through a cooperative education experience in the marketing office of the NC Research Campus, she landed a part-time job working with Marketing Director Phyllis Beaver. She works in the NCRC’s marketing office 18-20 hours a week helping to gather data, update the campus website and social media sites as well as provide administrative support.
“It is good for me now because I’m not at the point where I want to work 40 to 60 hours a week,” she said. “My kids are just now starting to leave the house. I still need some freedom to be able to do the things I need to do with them.”
She encourages others to consider returning to school. “I recommend it to anyone, at any age to go back to school. If nothing else, it keeps you sharp and thinking about what’s going on in the world.”