The world of human services is changing all the time with new rules and regulations and ideas, and it has been interesting to learn about all of the new things going on in the field while on the job. No two days are ever the same, and we need to be able to change and adapt as our clients need us to in order to best help them with transportation, daily living, vocational skills, and social skills. Because our clients have varied needs, what works one day might not work the next, and we need to be ready with another idea. I have worked closely with group homes, behavioral analysists, and other supports to find goals and ideas that work for my clients, and I have had the opportunity to learn from some great instructors at different trainings.
The hardest part of the job is the unpredictability that comes with working with other humans who might have complex needs. Usually days are good, but rough patches happen with tough client situations and days where it seems like everyone is out sick or having car trouble.
The most enjoyable part of the job is sitting down with a client and their team and presenting progress in an area people doubted their client/child could achieve. Most of the staff use humor to diffuse tense situations and are really in it to help their clients grow.
Management is working hard to keep up with the times in terms of pay scales and raise schedules, and there is always someone around to listen to concerns and get those to the appropriate person for clarification or resolution.
18 days PTO to accrue if you come to work regularly, break between Christmas and New Years, good structure and routines, 8 hour work days and weekends and holidays off
lots of industry standard rules and regulations to learn, paperwork at the supervisor level