Flexible Work Environment
Youth Consultation Services is a great way to jump start a career in clinical and social work fields. It is especially rewarding for those of us who have a genuine concern for the youth. However, because there are a lot of grant based positions and programs, job security is an issue. Also, because salaries are not as competitive as they can be in other corporations, leadership is often hired who is not necessarily qualified to provide what some professionals require in consistency, structure, and guidance. Each day is unpredictable, but if you have a strong team, you will be able to handle it. I've learned to adapt to my work environment and to consider different perspectives when issues arise and need to be resolved. The teacher, the administrator, the counselor, the case manager will all have different agendas and perspectives. If you can acknowledge this and work through it, you can be successful in your time at YCS.
Flexible and understanding leadership, great opportunities to use creativity, freedom to implement plans in different ways
Lack of effective supervision, too many issues and not enough problem solving by leadership, inconsistency