Pros: excellent place in which to excel
Cons: can't really think of any
There is no doubt that I loved my job at STRIVE, which stands for: Support Training Results in Valuable Employee. A typical day at work started with going over the curriculum on my phone while taking the train to work. Once at STRIVE, a good cup of coffee, and saying good morning to all who walk through the door. At 8:45, we start with partners, a very effective exercise and for those individuals who come in late we have a discussion as to why they are late, this would done in front of the entire class and what can be done to avoid them being late in the future, and then we move on to Sexual Harassment on the work place, we will spend most of the morning on this subject. Then we have lunch, most of the time instead of taking an hour lunch, I’ll take a half hour and do my notes on each client just to be up to date, because some of my cases notes consisted of approximately anywhere from 50 to 90 participants, especially if a client is going through a really tough time. Then we will do a lot of resume building and articulating their resume. Then at 3:30 pm we would handout the $4.00 metro cards and finish our case notes for that day. That was just one day; out of a 30 days curriculum. Every single day was something different, it was great.
As for what I learned during my 11 years there, everything from Intake, to Special Population Recruiter, for approximately 6 months I had the honor and pleasure of running the entire Training Department by myself, of course staff members all helped and the job was done effectively for 6 months. I have learned so much at this organization that – more... today I along with one of my graduate’s are in the process of finishing our own company. I and won’t elaborate any further only to say that we about to become a force to be reckon. STRIVE has shaped and molded me and countless other into hard working, dedicated outside the box thinkers and the proof will not only be seen but heard as well.
It is very important for management to be supportive of their workers and that is one thing I can attest to at STRIVE, you can turn to management with any issue and you will be heard and assisted every step of the way.
Please understand that Co-worker at STRIVE were more like family, we worked hard, and played just as hard but always, no matter what, keeping the integrity of the Organization in mind because we are examples and as such are always watched.
The hardest part of my job was getting men and women to believe in a system that they no longer have faith in and this had to be accomplished within 30 days. I worked with everyone from people with College Degrees, GED, to assisting individuals obtain their GED; from substance abuser to formerly incarcerated individuals coming out of prison after doing 10, 20, 30 years. Yes, I love my job and will be doing it again shortly.
The most enjoyable part of my job was helping people who felt lost, disregarded, and not included in anything simply because they made a mistake in their lives. I am a STRIVE Graduate, and I am proof that you can turn things around for the better, I will not stand by and allow anyone to dictate, who I am, what I can do, where I can go or what I can become those days are over, and being that no one seem to want to take a chance on me, because of past, or the economy, then I will create my own and help and hire as many people as I can because everyone deserves a fair chance. – less