Pros: rewarding, relationship building, good experience in field, sometimes very easy like playing with client, decent pay, good supervisors, hard to get fired, good morals at company
Cons: paperwork, tough clients or families, lack of hours in the summer, clients not fulfilling hours, hours can get caught if client is doing better, politics with schools or families, no benefits, no moving up, hard to not take work home
I got hired right out of college and didn't need prior experience in field, just my degree. The training is great and you learn so much about autism at this job and jobs in the human service field. Job is working mostly with school-aged children, so if you don't like kids or don't have much patience this job probably isn't right for you. I loved working with the clients and helping them communicate and act more appropriate. The problem was getting everybody else (families, schools, etc...) on board with my job and getting respect. Another huge problem was your hours can get cut at any time b/c your client has medical problems, family doesn't want to participate anymore, government doesn't approve hours, school ends in summer etc...In the summer I had to get another job to afford my bills. While it does pay decent $15 an hour with client, all the meetings and paperwork are only allowed to be billed at minimum wage and they can't hire full-time. Also, you really can't move up without getting your masters. Sometimes you can have extremely stressful clients or situations. Luckily, they will work with you and I actually had to drop a very aggressive client because of safety issues. This job is very rewarding intrinsically, but comes with a lot of stress as well.