According to Wells Fargo, “nearly half of Americans say the most challenging topic to discuss with others is personal finances.” That makes talking about money ranking more difficult to discuss than death, politics, religion, taxes, and personal health. But, that is exactly what Michelle Doss does all day here at Johnson & Wales University’s College of Online Education! Here’s a glimpse at what led her to JWU and why she loves to help students plan the best way to fund their education and make their dreams a reality.
Before JWU Online
Michelle knew from an early age that she had a calling for education, helping students, and teaching the future. So, she decided to attend Arizona State University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in history which would allow her to accomplish her goals.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2009, Michelle found herself in an economy that was cutting back on teachers, a profession that she had hoped to explore. Instead, she found herself accepting a full-time position at a medical billing company that she had been working at part-time during her senior year of college.
Michelle then decided that she still wanted to be more focused on helping and educating students. So, she took a new job in financial planning at University of Phoenix, where she worked for five years. While at University of Phoenix, Michelle obtained her MBA.
Here and Now
Then in 2015, Michelle’s husband decided to pursue law school, so the whole family packed up and road tripped all the way to the East Coast. Now in a very new environment, Michelle was on the move and looking for a new place of work. She found a position at JWU Online that matched her skillset and never looked back. The entire family has now lived here for four years, and Michelle loves working at JWU Online.
“I like the people. Everyone is so helpful, flexible, and relaxed”, Michelle said. “JWU Online has a very welcoming environment”.
As a financial planner, Michelle works with students to help them receive the education that they want to. Whether that is speaking with them about their FAFSA, potential scholarship opportunities, or loans, Michelle is always willing to lend a helping hand to students with financial questions.
As a financial planner, Michelle hopes that students are aware that they always have someone to go to when they have a question about financing their education. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help!” she encourages. “We are here to make sure you know all of your options and make the best financial choices for you and your life”.
“JWU Online has also given my the opportunity for my education and my career to come full circle,” Michelle said. “Aside from my job as a financial planner, I have also been able to teach American Government courses online”.
After 9 to 5
Although Michelle loves what she does here at JWU Online, she also loves to spend time with her loved ones after work. Her loved ones include her husband, local Providence friends, and of course, her two dogs, Malcolm and Zoey!
“Since I am not originally from Providence, I also like to explore fun, local Providence activities! Scouting out food trucks and checking out local fairs are ways that I like to spend my free time,” Michelle said.