Lynn Clough

Certificate - Accounting (Grad)

"I began taking classes at New Hampshire College."

I am a married mom with four children of ages from 25 to 7 years old. I have been staying home with my 7-year-old since he was born. Before that, I had been a programmer and analyst since 1989. My history with SNHU began in 1988 when it was called New Hampshire College. I had been working as a bookkeeper, and then a loan administrator. During my experience in these two jobs, I discovered computer programming, so I began taking classes at New Hampshire College to learn more in this field. I was able to get an internship at New Hampshire Insurance, where I gained enough experience to be hired (by them) as a computer programmer. I stayed in the field for the next 15 years, and really enjoyed it. My first husband and I even had our own consulting company for which I was the bookkeeper.

In 2000, I became a widow. I eventually remarried and had my fourth child in 2004. Thanks to my husband, I was able to realize a dream I had not been able to achieve, which was to stay at home and raise a child. I happily fulfilled this dream at the expense of my own career (no regrets). While I was home, the economy crashed in 2008, and the job market got tight. When I was ready to go back to work, I couldn’t find a job. I had to decide where to get more programming training or change my career. I remembered how much I enjoyed accounting, and decided to go back into that field. When I searched for a certificate program online, SNHU popped up. I applied for the program, remembering my positive experience at New Hampshire College. Currently, I am on my fourth online course, which I really enjoy, and I am doing well. I also joined the finance team at my church and work on their QuickBooks system, gaining valuable experience and references. I was recently asked to join the Board of Directors of a charity called the Nathan Project and I am helping with their nonprofit accounting as well. In the future, I hope to work as a staff accountant for a corporation or to work with companies setting up their accounting systems.