You can come back to school as an adult to change careers. Plenty of people are doing it. You won’t stick out like a sore thumb. There is a way. Decide you are going to make a change; you can. I wish I had done it sooner. I wish someone had told me what a great experience it can be. — Karen Duff-Jacobsen, Hospitality and Tourism/ Entrepreneurship and Management alumna
After working as the general manager of a salon and spa for 17 years, Karen Duff-Jacobsen decided it was time for a gutsy move. She quit her job and enrolled in hospitality and tourism classes as a full-time student at Edmonds Community College.
"I’ve always been interested in travel. I love to travel and I love to meet new people. I decided it was time to pursue a career in the travel industry," Karen said.
The move paid off. Two weeks before graduating with her degree, Karen was offered a position as a reservation agent for Europe Express (a job she applied for while taking the Hospitality Employment Preparation class, Hospitality and Tourism 284).
Now an alumna of the college, Karen said she loves her job, loves the travel industry, and definitely uses what she learned in her hospitality and tourism classes on a daily basis.
"It’s a little bit scary going back to school, but you just have to get through that first part. After that, I thought, “Wow, this is great.” I learned a lot and I never felt out of place," she said. "I will probably come back and take some more classes."