What do you like about your job?
I like that every day is different, and that the more I am in the school, I get to meet more students who have such inspiring stories and teach me new things! Being new to the Chicago area, having students recommend their favorite food places or activities to do around the city has been really nice in my adjustment to moving here from Wisconsin!
Where did you work before YJC?
Before working for YJC I was working as an AmeriCorps member in Madison, WI as a Youth Employment Specialist for an organization called Common Wealth Development.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a dishwasher/host at a steakhouse. I was 14 and in Wisconsin it is fairly easy to get a job at 14 so I did this for a couple months. It wasn’t my favorite job because I couldn’t figure out the water pressure on the dishwasher so every time I had to rinse a bowl before putting it in the washer, the pressure sprayer would spray me in the face, but needless to say I learned a lot from having my first job there!
What did you learn from your first job?
I learned from my first job that work can be fun if you make it fun, at least in some scenarios. It wasn’t fun by any means washing bowls with a power washer and spraying food chunks on my face, but it was fun talking with coworkers and making friends at work, it made the shift go by faster! I also learned that I didn’t particularly like working in food business and it pushed me to look for and land a different job when I was 15!
Has your career path gone how you expected?
Absolutely not. I changed my major in college 6 times, hence why I took 5 years to graduate, and I changed my career path in the beginning of this year. I was in the middle of applying to Accelerated Nursing programs and had one more prerequisite class to complete in my last semester of college and at the same time I was starting my AmeriCorps position in Youth Employment. By March of this year, after working as an AmeriCorps member for only a couple of months, I had this realization that I wanted to do more work in Youth Development, and work in a setting outside of the hospital. I dropped my Anatomy class, stopped applying to Accelerated Nursing Programs, graduated, and applied to jobs in Youth Employment in Chicago because I had enjoyed working with high school youth in Madison in workforce development and here I am today!
I am both a Brewers and Cubs fan, but only a Packer fan.