Worst job I have ever had.
Job Coach / Skills Trainer (Former Employee) – Mobile, AL – September 17, 2018
Worked as a job coach, the organization is extremely disorganized. I enjoyed working with immediate coworkers (other job coach and the teacher) and I enjoyed working with the students. Staff on job site (hospital) were great, but my experience with everyone else in VOA or the schools was not welcoming or helpful at all. As to be expected, there were occasionally difficult parents who seemed more interested in just having a day care for their student rather than seeking job placement but blamed job coaches/teacher for everything. Pay is terrible, you spend all this time working with students to improve their job skills and help them find jobs and we had at least one instance where the student ended up with a job with a higher wage than the job coaches. Worst experience of my career.
I did try to go to a holiday party at one time and it was so uncomfortable with how much of an outsider I felt that I ended up leaving. Definitely not a welcoming group, and not much of a group--it seemed there was a decent number of people that blew off the party and understandably so.
Outside of the small team that was at the hospital, I definitely did not feel like I was a part of anything in particular. I was just another temporary cog until I left or they kicked me out. Even the job stayed posted the entire time it was filled... for multiple locations.
Main work was on hospital campus so I wasn't around regular VOA employees that much, most of the students were good to work with.
Poor structure, poor training, poor wages, there was no support for the staff that was working directly with the students.