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Worth the Risk: Jayme Green Reflects on Her Career Change

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In this series of blog posts, MCAN staff and AmeriCorps members/alumni will reflect on the risks they've taken by choosing service and how it has paid off in their careers. Jayme Green is a program supervisor for College Completion Corps and previously served as an AmeriCorps member in the program's inaugural year.



What role were you in before pivoting to a new position?

I worked as a personal trainer and wellness coach in one organization for 13 years.

What moved you to change positions?

A deep need. Though I thrived at teaching exercise and healthy behavior changes, I needed a deeper connection. I knew I was capable of making a bigger impact in supporting individuals and helping them reach their highest self. I wanted to explore outside the walls of a gym. I had just finished my master’s degree at Northwood University in May 2020, and I had a renewed appreciation for higher education and the positive influence it had on me. I wanted a test run to really give me a sense of working in higher education. In October of 2020, I came across a post looking for someone to serve as a College Completion Corps coach at the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. Here was my opportunity! I hoped that this position would give me the experience and networking to propel me into a new career and adventure.

Was this decision worth the risk?

To accept this new role and serve as an AmeriCorps member, I needed to leave a comfortable full time job, find insurance for my family (thankfully mine was covered by AmeriCorps), and move to an environment that I wasn’t an expert in — all in the middle of a pandemic.

A quote from Abraham Maslow that resonated with me throughout this adventure was:

“One can choose to go backwards towards safety or forwards towards growth.”

I chose to go forwards towards growth. The uncertainty of this decision was definitely worth the risk. I gained higher education experience, amazing leadership mentors that I continually learned from, networking opportunities, strong new friendships, and confidence in my abilities. When I finished my year of service as a College Completion Coach, I was offered an incredible position to work as a program supervisor for College Completion Corps. My vision of serving in a leadership role and adding value and greater impact to people’s lives has come true!

Short Description

Jayme Green, College Completion Corps program supervisor, reflects on how her desire to help others drove a decision to take a big risk and change careers.