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Graduate Gained Professional Skills and Empathy for Others at National



Graduate Gained Professional Skills and Empathy for Others at National

Feb 17, 2014

In her work as a financial coach and income support specialist at Cincinnati Works, a non-profit agency which provides support and job-readiness training to the unemployed, Shauntel Dobbins counsels the agency’s members on budgeting and money management, credit and asset building, and about how our behaviors about money lead to failure or success.  “[I am] building relationships and partnering with the members to help them on their road to self-sufficiency,” she explained. 

While she’s constantly using the accounting, computer technology, and management skills that she developed in her business administration-management degree program at the Cincinnati Campus, she also learned another important lesson from her instructors.  “I think it was very helpful that you have teachers and instructors who would meet you where you’re at,” said Shauntel, adding that she tries to mirror that attitude with her students today.

Shauntel recalled how accounting instructor Wenona Johnson helped her conquer her anxiety while meeting the demands of working, being a single mom, and going to school.  “Ms. Johnson really helped me a whole lot.  She came to me and encouraged me.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t do the work, I just got overwhelmed,” she recalled.  “She was patient with me.  She didn’t beat me up. That encouraged me to be patient, and encouraged me not to have a judgment zone with people.”

Shauntel first began working at Cincinnati Works part-time through the AmeriCorps program while she was still a student at National.  She quickly impressed her supervisors with her professional skills and caring nature.  “They loved me so much that they hired me on full-time,” she said with a smile.

Her supervisors were also impressed with her commitment to continue her education while working and Shauntel said that her only regret is that she didn’t earn her associate’s degree sooner.  “Fear of failure will stop you from your destiny, and it almost stopped me, because I said ‘I’ve got a job, what’s the point?’” Shauntel said.  “But at the end of the day, we should be forever learning, and I feel like the degree just opened doors for me.  I felt like I needed to accomplish this to say ‘I did it,’ and I wanted to show my children that it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.”

Graduate Shauntel Dobbins is a financial coach and income support specialist at Cincinnati Works, a non-profit agency which provides support and job-readiness training to the unemployed.

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