Talk about a power move. When the company Slaughter had been part of for nearly 20 years went up for sale, she didn’t wait around to see what’s next. She bought it herself—financing the deal on her own. That was six years ago, and it’s only been up from there for Slaughter and the broadband training company she runs. A key to her success has been NCTI’s constant adaptation. As the pandemic shifted how the industry conducts business, she shifted NCTI’s approach. One example is the launch this year of courses in management/HR management, computer applications and finance. Slaughter advises those looking to re-enter the workforce to maximize their networks and stay current with their field and technology. “Invest time in your own development. Not only will it show your commitment to a prospective employer, but it also improves your confidence,” she says.
Best advice for someone looking to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus?
Maximize your network. Let your connections know you are looking for an opportunity and do not be afraid to ask for advice about potential opportunities or just to have people keep their eyes and ears open for you. Harness the power behind the concept of six degrees of separation-which I believe is likely closer to three or four degrees of separation, but that’s a topic for another time! And please stay current on the progress in your field and updates to technology and within markets. Invest time in your own development. Not only will it show your commitment to a prospective employer, but it also improves your confidence.
What one female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
“Radical Candor” by Kim Scott. It isn’t so much a female empowerment book as an impactful book about effective leadership written by a woman within a traditionally male dominated industry.