Paul Evansen: As Wisconsin works through the recession, whether you’re an adventurous mom, or if you find yourself in the position of needing a job, and needing one now, there are somethings you can do to make that transition into a new job a little bit easier. Joining me to discuss that topic further, Mary Ann Bazile, adult student initiative program coordinator from the UWFox Valley.
Mary Ann Bazile: Thank you Paul.
Paul Evansen: Thank you so much for joining us Mary Ann.
Mary Ann Bazile: You're welcome.
Paul Evansen: Great to have you in studio with us. Let’s start off first off, if we can, just talking little bit about what you are seeing at campus level Mary Ann. Are you seeing folks coming in with questions? Are the phone calls coming in? Are the inquiries being made about how I go about this if I need to start over?
Mary Ann Bazile: Yes, absolutely, lot of activity in that area. People are calling and I’m out in the community and people are coming up and asking me. I’m at job fairs and expos. The question is “Where do I start?”. “How do I do something more than I was doing?” Lots of activity there. Summer school, we’ve got good numbers in summer school, so people are planning ahead. They’re taking courses this summer and getting ready for the fall semester.
Paul Evansen: Let’s talk about some of those tips in ways to get the ball rolling if they find themselves in the position of needing to recreate themselves a little bit. Starting off where? Where is the best place to start?
Mary Ann Bazile: The best place to start is to, “yes you need a job and we know that”, but to start with inventorying the skills, your skills. My suggestion is for people to say okay well what did I always really want to do? Or, where is my best skill set and how can I build on that? We can help with that, we have a skills profile. We have advisors, people can come in and talk to us and we help you see where your skill set is and where you might want to go.
Paul Evansen: Also I know we have a list as some of these tips are coming up on screen, taking inventory of alternatives. It’s always good to have a backup plans correct?.
Mary Ann Bazile: Yes plan B, I’m a big believer in plan B, so if plan A isn’t working out, plan B: going to college, taking courses, going on our Fast Track, taking them part time, and working because many people can’t just go to college. Adults need to pay the mortgage and pay the bills, so plan B is how can I do this in steps.
Paul Evansen: Alright, I know we have another full screen with additional tips on it, but I think the basic overall point of some of these tips is networking is key.
Mary Ann Bazile: Oh absolutely networking, you just can’t network enough. Listen, ask questions, talk, do the interviewing rather than waiting for you to be interviewed by a college or a by a job, individuals need to get out there and ask questions and do their own interviewing and find out answers because this is a decision for the rest of your life, so do the interviewing yourself.
Paul Evansen: And my favorite, you’re never too old to learn.
Mary Ann Bazile: Never. I absolutely believe that, I think I live that, that you are never too old to learn. We work with individuals all the way from 18 up through the 50s and I know people have said to me in the expos that I’ve been doing, “you know I’m just really too old to learn”. I say “No never!” We have individuals at our college that are in their late fifties and they are looking for another career, a new career. 60 is the new 40.
Paul Evansen: You bet, fantastic, some great tips there Mary Ann. Thank you so much for joining us in the studio, pleasure to meet you. We’re going to have a link as well, Wendy, to the UW-Fox Valley if folks want to find out more, especially about some of those career path choices and kind of determining maybe what best profile fits you.
Mary Ann Bazile: Thank you Paul.