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Jean Sandhofer

Jean Sandhofer

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Jean's work combines: Education, Writing, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Communications Manager

I inform and engage employees within my organization and across Business Insurance regarding our products and platforms.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Loch Raven

  • Bachelor's Degree

    B.S. - Communication Disorders

    Old Dominion University

  • Graduate Degree

    Speech-Language Pathology

    University of South Carolina

  • Certification

    Teaching English as a Second Language

    University of New Jersey

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Public Relations and Fundraising Managers:

Bachelor's Degree: Journalism

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Completing undergraduate degree despite personal hurdles.

  • 2.

    Finding a way to get through graduate school without debt. I did it all on my own!

  • 3.

    Finding a way to feed my desire to live and work overseas. My two year commitment turned into 10 years away.

  • 4.

    Finding a new career path without the benefit of the internet or any local allies (I was in Panama).

  • 5.

    Being laid off after 10 years with my "new" employer. That was scary, but I found a new job rather quickly.

  • 6.

    Finding myself in a job with an employer that was a very bad cultural fit.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement

  • THE NOISE

    Messages from Peers:

    Don't leave your work for the federal government. It's safe. Also, when I took my job with the federal government (for an opportunity to live and work in Italy), I was told, "This isn't a good time to move. The housing market (to sell my house) is bad."

  • How I responded:

    Go with your gut. Trust your instincts. Take chances. Within the first 10 years of your career, identify what you really like and what you're really good at, and which aspects of your job you find less motivating. And network with people from lots of different job types to see how varied the world of work is and how your skills might be valued.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was living and working for the U.S. government overseas and wanted to change careers. I had to do a lot of long distance networking and ultimately took a big risk to relocate where I knew no one and begin in a career in which I was untested.