|07-30-2011, 02:38 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2009
How can I make this happen?
I have a really strong desire to work with kids. I do not have any degree in teaching, psychology or social work, but I know one thing. I am really comfortable around kids and teens. I can spend all day around them without ever getting impatient, worn out or frustrated. Even kids and teens who are labeled with mental or physical problems are no problem for me. It's funny because I hate communicating with adults but when it comes to younger people it's like magic. Anyways I am not wanting to fill the role of a parent in order to conform them. It's just that somehow kids bring out the best in me. I love being around them and they love being around me. Any ideas of what I could do would be really helpful.
|07-30-2011, 02:59 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Los Angeles
I have a friend who works as an administrative assistant for the Department of Family Services. She's not a social worker - but she's on the front line and meets many of the clients (in the case of her department, older teens/young adults who came out of the foster care system and are trying to live on their own). She has some latitude in being able to give them vouchers and referrals to resources, and often talks about how how much she gets out of the interactions with particular kids and knowing how much she has helped them. I'm sure you can find similar positions in many areas where you have a chance to interact with kids in a way that has an impact on them.
Last edited by SireneB; 07-30-2011 at 03:01 AM.
|07-31-2011, 02:19 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Mississauga, On Canada
It's great that you can work with kids since we need more folks like you. I think you should zero in more on specifically what areas you might want to work in. Then talk to those people for career guidance since they would know best. If you are missing on certain qualifications, why not go after them? In my view, if you are serious enough about a particular field and already have some natural attributes suited well for that field, why not make it complete by getting fully qualified? You have your entire working career ahead of you. I would think that in these fields, even the process of getting qualified puts you in front of a lot of kids so it's not like it's all just about burying yourself in courses and books.
|07-31-2011, 03:45 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2009
The teaching field needs more people like you. I think you should consider either teaching, or special ed (since you mentioned children with mental problems). You say you don't want to beat them into conformity, so, be the teacher who shows them a different style of teaching and makes it engaging and fun for them.
|07-31-2011, 04:03 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Have you considered something like 'Big Brother Big Sister' (bbbs.org) or volunteering at a youth camp/home?
I feel the same way as you do and I worked as a nanny for years, taking care of children who I could really bond with..
If you're wanting 1on1 time, mentoring as a big sister would probably be fulfilling for you... you meet the children a few times per months to connect and hang out, and there's very little responsibility expected from your part.. (no cleaning up messes or having to discipline, etc)
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