(Closed) Do you work with kids? What do you do?!

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi MsLotus! I went to college for Social Work, and I work for my local county Early Intervention program. I coordinate services for young children with a developmental delay and track their progress once a therapist is in the home. Children on my caseloads range from having a lifelong syndrome to a speech or gross motor delay. I go into the home and meet the family, do an interview to see what the concerns are and then particpate in the evaluation and every 6 months go visit the family again to see how things are going. I’ve been doing it for almost 2 years, and it was my first job out of college. With your degree, since you have the soc and psych piece, you might be able to do something like that. Plus, you get to help out kids in need and gain experience working with kids and families. Google ‘Early Intervention” and your county and see if they have anything. Early Intervention is in all states/counties…I didn’t know what it was until I interviewed! You may have to take the civil service test, but some places are getting away from that, so check it out if you are interested!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My FI is the Director of a city’s Afterschool Program. Maybe look into that? There’s a lot of paperwork/planning/office hours but you still do get to interact with kids at the program!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hi!  Well, I’m a middle school teacher, but I thought of anohter option for you.  You could be a Special Education Assistant -you could still work with kids and in an education setting. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am a pediatric nurse. I give all the babies their vaccines and room them for the doctor. I LOVE children! I am currently changing professions to become a children social worker so I can help abused children.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m a school psychologist and sounds like it might be a natual direction for you.  My undergrad degree is psychology and graduate degree in school psychology.   Graduate work (for me) was one year masters work, and two years educational specialist, so three years total although the last year was all internship (and I was lucky to have been paid full time for it.)  But I work on a child study team which works with children with special needs.  Being the psychologist I work with more behavior and emotional issues students.  I do everything from psychological testing, crisis intervention to counseling in the school system.  Stressful at times (but what job isn’t) but never dull.  Also maybe going to grad school could help you wait out this education crisis we’re having.  Personal message me if you would like more info! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am a preschool teacher right now.  I graduated last year with a degree in elementary education, but obviously, public school jobs are hard to find these days.  So, I settled for a lot less pay in order to get some teaching experience (right now, I’m teaching 3 year olds at a private daycare/preschool and my ultimate goal would be kindergarten/first grade).

I love my 3 year olds, but its way different in a lot of ways than what I went to college for.  But then again, those kids put a smile on my face 90% of the time and I’m just grateful to have a job related to my degree.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I went into teaching when I was 27, nearly 4 years later I don’t enjoy it.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m a mental health thearpist for children and adolescents.  I have my masters degree in social work.  My job consists of completing psychosocial assessments, and doing daily behavioral thearpy with a variety of ages and disorders to work with.  It’s a job that’s super high on burnout but when you have the successful cases it really is rewarding.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m a Speech Pathologist in a special school for kids with severe disabilities. I work with the teachers and other professionals in the classroom to promote independence and functional communication. I have my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.

I worked as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant for a year after college, that really helped me make up my mind.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I don’t work with kids, but I have my masters in art therapy and many of my old classmates work with children, either in schools or in special programs for children with disabilities.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I just read that you would like to work in hospitals. One of my friends works as an art therapist in a hospital and specializes in working with children with cancer. Another did an internship in the ER. When working with children, if they were patients she would try to keep their mind off the pain and she would also just help children of parents who were waiting.

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