Get Some Experience & Get Out (Job Corps Review)
Scheduling Clerk (Former Employee) – United States – May 19, 2016
Working for Job Corps is the type of experience that changes you. It is hectic and there are always constant changes to your job, often without preparation; the clients (students) are often demanding, borderline entitled, yet at the same time there is this eternal feeling of wanting to help them; and it teaches you to adapt quickly as management often becomes stressed out over something and expects you to ease their woes as if you are the greatest problem solver alive.
All of which prepares you for a better job.
I wouldn't say this is a thankless job, but for those who like extrinsic motivation, it will come in short supply. Raises are rare, if not non-existent unless you are so good at office politics you find yourself getting promoted; bonuses are more so rumored for months than something you can just expect; and when it comes to trainees, no matter what your position you have this unofficial expectation to be their counselor, some sort of disciplinarian, a mentor, and have their best interest at heart. Which isn't difficult, but then when you see the good ones get completed just for the sake of numbers, your plans to help retention get smeared due to another department who is solely focused on their numbers, and their needs, trump yours, and so much nonsense that in the end you realize the trainees are just pieces on a chess board with too many players in the game, it leads you to realize that making a career here is only for those who know there are just certain things a person can only get away with if they work for this program and nowhere else.
Always busy, Bonuses a possibility, and you can meet some nice people (in terms of staff and students)
Very numbers driven, communication is one way, pay isn't competitive, department infighting, not truly being prepped for the population you are serving