January 23. 2018 3:51PM

Jennifer B. Thompson • 37 • Hooksett

What is the best career advice you ever received?

My manager of six years who battled with stage 3 cancer for five of those six years and eventually passed told me in our last conversation to make sure that your job is not all you have going for yourself — have a family, travel, do what you love and that your job allows you to have that balance. It took me almost five years to achieve an ideal work/life balance and I realize how valuable it is.

Why did you choose your profession?

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE to ask a lot of questions — my family may even say I am too nosy — as an internal auditor I’m supposed to ask lots of questions! All joking aside, I truly love this profession because I must learn and understand all aspects of my organization’s business through the different audits I conduct, and I get to interact with people all over the organization, not just a set of coworkers. After 14 years in the profession, I can say I am still excited to get up and go to work each day, especially since no day is the same.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

Giving back to my community is in my blood, at least four generations of women in my family had a strong connection to different nonprofit organizations in their community (mostly in Concord and Manchester). I began volunteering when I was 13 years old and it has always given me such a sense of pride seeing the impact I can make, no matter if it’s just a few hours a month or a few dollars throughout the year.

What advice would you give your 22-year-old self?

Start forming lasting relationships with people you can consider to be your mentors. All the best career and general life advice has come from my mentors that I didn’t begin building relationships with until my late 20s. I had no real mentor guiding me in my first job out of college and I feel I made some decisions that I may not necessarily have made if I had someone to walk me through the process.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

Having just moved from the Monadnock Region because I was not able to find a job suitable for my experience and background (I worked remotely for a few companies for most of my fours years in the area), it’s vital for companies to attract and retain young professionals. One of the issues regions like the Monadnock area is having is that they often try to recruit in young professionals for a job, but the spouse has difficulties finding a job in their profession.

What would you like to be doing when you’re 40?

I hope to still be working for HealthTrust, serving on a board of a nonprofit I am passionate about, watching my son grow and potentially be enrolled in a master’s degree program in Public Administration.

What was your last major achievement?

Was recently selected as one of the 15 “Extraordinary Women of the Monadnock Region” in August 2017.

Volunteer activities: Board Chair, Monadnock Humane Society; Volunteer Wish Granter for Make a Wish NH.

What's in the photo: Elliot Hospital "Checkup" newsletter from March 1981 with a photo of Jennifer at 6 months, her great-grandmother Edna, her grandmother Lois, and their sisters.