Pros: flexible schedule, week-long training, opportunities to advance
Cons: long drive
I work as a rehab educator assisting people with brain injuries. If you have ever worked with someone that has a brain injury or disability then you will know it is an experience like no other. The environment is very positive. The participants are good people and are good to work with on any given day. Most of their days consist of working on their speech or physical abilities through programs individually tailored to them. There are a few days where they go on group outings and have the option of scheduling their own personal outing with a particular staff meeting. There are 7 facilities in my area and I work at the one that deals with more of the behavior issues. Sometimes you have to cue, or remind, the participants to stay focused on their structure and tasks. Co-workers of all facilities are friendly and helpful towards any new employees that come to work. Management also has a friendly demeanor as well. My executive director, who is my supervisor's boss, knows the name of every employee and participant of the 7 facilities and that is well over 250 names. From my supervisor I have learned choosing your own battles since the participants sometimes do not follow every rule, but you want to make sure they follow the ones that keep them safe. The hardest part of my job is that since members of management has worked there so long, participants seem to listen more to supervisors rather than regular staff. But it is also in that manner with staff who have worked there for a while as well. But regardless of anything I just mentioned the best part about this job is when the participants are happy. There is no better feeling than seeing them accomplish a goal, seeing a family member, or having a blast on a group outing. That is what makes it the best job in the world.