Angie Allen, PhD
“I earned my PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 2009. Prior to that, I'd earned a MSW from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2001 and a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University in 1995.
With all of that, I found myself underemployed and unemployed through 2013. It was a very discouraging time. While I had followed my lifelong passion of doing community building, neighborhood and community advanced planning, and simply helping build community capacity, I wondered if after 18 years of education, if I needed to give up pursuing my dream to do community development at all.
Thanks to two things, my dream was revitalized: first, from being on LinkedIn and maintaining all of my contacts, where one contact with whom I worked on a national program saw that I was looking for work and sent along job openings in her state, and; second, from using HERC's webinar series during the interview process, I was able to tailor my cover letter and resume to the position for which I had applied. Moreover, HERC's Job Seeker tools and regular e- newsletter kept me encouraged and inspired with true, real-life, practical advice and articles for someone like me.
I do believe that thanks to my preparation that centered on HERC tools I was offered and accepted the position in which I am currently, and have been for two months. It is a great fit and I feel supported by HERC's continued practical advice and tools that I will be successful and have found the right professional environment to support my passions, interests, and goals. I'm grateful for HERC and strongly recommend using your tools! Thanks for being there, and supporting all of us. Higher education is greatly rewarded by your being a part of it.”