Pros: Paid Time Off, Co-Workers and Administrative Staff
Cons: Pay rates, Career Advancement
I'd been with the agency for a couple of years and had advanced from a Child Care Worker position to Middle Management. I have learned a great deal about myself as well as the impact trauma has on the youth we provide services for. Is this a rewarding position? It depends on whom you ask. I know several co-workers that love it for the fact that it is merely serving as a stepping-stone in their lives before they move onto something bigger and more important to them. I know of other co-workers whom are unhappy and will poison the well at any opportunity they arrive at.
The hardest part of this job is the hours for a Child Care Worker. While the schedule looks great on paper (four days on, three days off), those 14-16 hour weekend shifts are grueling -- particularly for the direct line positions (i.e. Child Care Workers) whom we are asking to provide services for extended hours to a volatile population. This, as well as they low pay grade contributes to a high turnover rate, despite the best efforts of the agency to retain its employees (i.e. quarterly trainings, support groups for new employees, supervision, etc.).
The most enjoyable part of the job can be the teams you work with. Through daily crisis, you form some strong bonds with your co-workers and teammates that are unparalleled more than any other position I've worked in my life. And I've worked in many different fields (retail, banker, etc.), so that's saying something. Plus, you receive great personal time off packages in the event that you just need to take a mental breather. I'd strongly recommend this position for people interested in getting acclimated in this field and if they're interested in forming a life-long career in Human Services - but only if your head and heart are fully invested in it.