Pros: autonomy, self scheduled, challenging, varied, philanthropic work.
Cons: the state economy has reduced overall opportunities for benefit coverage, pay increases, and promotions the last several years.
I am afforded the opportunity to schedule my own daily work tasks and appointments for the most part (other than team/agency meetings), and I am allowed to pursue or emphasize activities I prefer while minimizing others that may be less desireable. Working both independently and within a team has many advantages. Excellent co-workers with similar goals – more... and work values are a big plus in my job.
A typical work day can include the following:
1-2 hour morning team meeting.
2 individual appointments/intakes with clients on my caseload; documenting these in the computerized case management system.
Facilitating a job seeing skills group (for example: with people who have criminal backrounds or other relevant topics; providing attendance & feedback to their respective counselors.
Going to meet with a couple of students at a local high school or a couple of Human Service clients referred to DVR; documentation for those with open cases.
Going out into the community to network, attend business meetings or trainings or to meet with employers for the purpose of job development.
Of course many other activities and work duties are likely on any given day. For example. episodic mentoring and training or new staff and interns is common. Attending outside meetings and staffings such as participating as member of a Work Force Center Committee or a local business association are also activities I enjoy regularly. – less