Charity Freeman

High School career Advisor

cfreeman@youthjobcenter.org
(847) 864-5627

What do you like about your job?

When I earned my bachelor's degree in entrepreneurship, I developed a business plan to start a nonprofit career coaching firm for youth. (Sound familiar?) My job as a High School Career Advisor lets me live out my dream to impact young lives in a meaningful and practical way, and still make it home in time for dinner with my family.

Where did you work before YJC?

I issued checks to lottery winners for the state of Illinois. Before that, I worked at a local university helping college and graduate students find jobs.

What was your first job?

During the summer before my junior year of high school, I worked as an administrative assistant at the Municipal Water Department in the suburb where I grew up.

What did you learn from your first job?

Working at City Hall taught me three things:

  1. Getting to know people can create opportunities that I never even knew existed
  2. Grown-ups don't always tell the truth or make good choices
  3. If I want to keep having money to buy cool stuff, I need to keep working

Has your career path gone how you expected?

Not really, but it still turned out pretty great. In college (the first time), I was on track to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. Then I realized I hate being around sick people, and bodily fluids gross me out. But, when I worked as a teaching assistant at my university's biology department, I learned that I LOVE to teach, and I'm also really good at it. That helped lead me down the path I'm on now.

Fun fact:

I was a professionally trained pianist for seven years, and I never learned to read music. I'd simply memorize each piece by asking my instructor to play it. She eventually figured it out, and that pretty much took the fun out of everything.