January 23. 2018 3:50PM

Beth San Soucie • 37 • Laconia

What is the best career advice you ever received?

It’s not necessarily advice, but a quote that has resounded with me throughout my life: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~ Mark Twain. My ultimate goal has been to feel fulfilled, challenged and satisfied with each position I’ve held in my professional career.

Why did you choose your profession?

Years ago, I had been involved with Fusion, the Lakes Region young professionals network, in a volunteer capacity. I enjoyed being part of a group that would be shaping the future of the local community. When an opportunity presented itself with Stay Work Play to work on a statewide level, having an impact on New Hampshire for future generations, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t resist — so I went for it. I am incredibly fortunate to be part of an organization doing work I’m truly passionate about.

What motivates you to give back to your community?

I’ve been very blessed in my life — both professionally and personally. Contributing to a project or an organization allows me to give my time and talent to something bigger than myself. I’ve met some of the most incredible people,​ and made lifelong friends​,​ while inspiring and doing good.

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

Opportunities will come along that will seem terrifying and that you feel unqualified for. Embrace the fear. Trust your gut. Your instinct is pretty spot on.

What would make New Hampshire more attractive to young professionals?

What a question for someone who works for Stay Work Play New Hampshire! One significant issue the state is facing is that of student loan debt. In a conversation with Supporting The Active Young professionals of Mount Washington Valley (STAY MWV), I was shocked to hear that the 12 applicants to their Student Debt Scholarship program had a combined total of $700,000 in student debt. Young people are struggling to find well paying jobs to pay off this debt; making the appeal of moving to a big city for a high paying job seem like a logical decision. A highly attractive benefit to students and recent graduates is a student loan repayment assistance program. If more New Hampshire employers were able to offer this type of competitive benefit, this would aid in their retention and recruitment efforts of young people — both in and out of the state.

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

By 40, I’d like to become more informed of how my local government operates. Knowledge is the key to influence positive change and growth.

What was your last major achievement?

Executing a successful awards program during a leadership transition. ​

Volunteer activities:​ Board member, Secretary and Publicity Committee member of Celebrate Laconia, an organization celebrating the City of Laconia that promotes vitality, cultural and economic development for the future of the city. Serve as a volunteer for the Greater Lakes Region’s Children’s Auction and Laconia Multicultural Day.