My most recent work position was as Director of a Boys & Girls Club child care site in the North Beach neighborhood of Seattle. I got the job a couple months after graduation and worked there for 2 years. It was a great position, and I was able to develop a lot of valuable professional skills, as well as develop the site. It was licensed for 40 kids before and after school, and when I left, we were the only Boys & Girls Club site to operate at full capacity in both the AM and PM programs.
What issues drive your interest in early childhood and family studies?
For me it has always been about helping children and enriching their lives. I've always tried to make sure I have a job where I get to work directly with kids or work for them, to provide them with the opportunity to have a great day and help them develop the skills to lead a happy, healthy life.
Where did you complete your senior year service-learning?
I was a director intern at the Northgate Boys and Girls Club.
What skills did you gain this year that will be beneficial for your future career?
Too many to name them all here, but earning the confidence to know I could do the job for real once I graduated was probably the most valuable skill.
What are you doing professionally since graduation? Child Care Director at North Beach Boys & Girls Club.
Do you have any tips or advice to offer students - things you wish you had known or really benefited from?
When you are job searching and interviewing, don't be afraid to negotiate salary/wage. I've been on both ends of the stick, being the guy hoping to get hired and the guy hiring someone to work at my site. Asking for the money you believe you are worth can be hard to do but necessary. If a prospective employer doesn't want to hear you say you are worth a bit more per hour, or that your salary should be higher due to the skills and abilities you bring to the job, then you probably don't want to work there.