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The Good Life
If you are thinking about or are in this career, it can be very rewarding and you could live the good life. You are truley the master of your universe. I get so much satisfaction when someone tells me they love their hair! Sometime this is enough to love this career. But we can't pay bills with compliments. On the other hand if you keep at it and don't change salons, in a few years you will be making good money and in 7 to 10 years you will be making great money. Don't change salons; pick the right one from the start. It will be your home for a long time. If you don't make at least 250 a week full time in a year and a half, leave. If you do and like the people you work with. Then you hit a home run. As long as there is incentive to earn more money. And you can hone your skill.
Never Stop Increasing your Education
I am not happy living just average and I am sure we were not put on this earth to just to the basic. We are suppose to push our minds, our bodies and spirts to reach the highest level we can reach.I am 45 years old and still in pursuit of finishing my education. I will not give up. I have invisioned myself graduating from college and working in the field I desire. My advice to all is keep the dream alive and make it happen. Even if you take one class at a time. You can never have the salary you want if you do not finish your education. Keep shooting for higher and dont settle.
Find the right person to delegate and fully empower, support and recognize them
All staff under me are seasonal employees, however, though years of coaching and developing, I have built a structured team with an Assistant Director, area manager and strong team leaders and have them manage their own locations. Life has been much easier with those seasoned and competent team leaders in my work.
Going back to school.
Going back to school seems like a logical solution in tough employment times. It makes a person feel better, feel productive. (like going to confession or something) And companies hire graduates. But, if a person doesn't have a part time job, parents, internships or some way to subsidize the education cost through grants or scholarships, then going back to school is a financial risk. Experience is what many businesses desire in a job candidate, with the schooling as a traditional formality. Some may agree with my personal opinion that school is a business, and an expensive one. The customers are the students. Even now, I still have student loans to pay and it took a lot longer than expected to finish my program. (Not just for me but almost 90% of my peers.) And those same peers are not seeing quite the advertised return on their investment for a long, long time. Ultimately it is a personal choice. People attend school for different reasons (socially, etc) building connections to the community in which they graduate. It really depends on what the market dictates per degree classification and companies are paying to hire.
What are your perspectives?
The best way to describe Social Services is to teaching; meaning, if you're entering this field thinking you're going to make 'mega' money, your entering the wrong field. Social services is a gratifying career if you like helping people help themselves. It involves long hours and 'on call' weekends for a week which one has to be available for 24/7 with no extra pay. There's 70% of court work and court appearances involvement; you have to see the children and families assigned to your case load every month sometimes every week depending on their safety risks; you have to assure clients will follow through with provider recommendations which is sometimes very hard for the clients to do. It's not a 9 to 5 job like most. Even if you're not on call, clients may have a 'crisis' and you have to be on top of it especially if the child is with that parent. For me, the greatest gratification is to be able to successfully reunify the family.
more opportunity for personal and family time
Being a sitter has its advantages and disadvantages. It's basically a decent paying job but not stable. You never know when something may happen although im sure there is other work lined up but everyone likes to have a strong stable foundation. So my advice would be to get yourself a career and sit on the side if you like to. And along with that its a 24/7 job and being away from your family and having no time for yourself can become very overwhelming.
Preventing Burn Out
I have been in the field of crisis intervention social work with youth for approximately six months. I have heard so much from coworkers regarding burn-out. It appears to me that this can be avoided. Although I am new, I have been faced with learning how to separate work from home, and I believe that this is a skill that can and will help me to avoid being burned out. My advice to those of you just beginning your career, and those of you who have been in the field for a long time already...*Work hard while you are AT WORK...there's nothing you can do for your clients at home, anyway, so leave the work at work.*Remember the goal is to help clients be the best they can be, not the best that you wish they were.*Above all else, you will be useless to your clients and your family if you do not take care of yourself...read a book, see a movie, have a night out with friends...whatever it is, it doesn't involve work.***You can and will make a difference in this world! Always remind yourself why you got into this field and what you hope to achieve. And if all else fails, and you simply cannot take it any longer...it's time to change fields!!!
Loving what you do and you work hard to prove it! So hard you get sick!
You found your calling, you have passion, you work hard, and when called upon your always there!The overtime is great but you're always at work so you don't enjoy it. Now the long hours are effecting your health you don't have health insurance and no bennifits; so if you don't work you don't eat. You seek out public assistance and the whole time your employer tell you don't worry just get well and come back. That day your doctor released you is the best one you've had in a long time, but your going back to work. Your first day back you meet with your boss for what you think is a strategic meeting when you learn hard work or not you're being terminated for your health. Work hard, love what you do, but if it's not your company don't forget about your health and enjoy your life we only have one to live!!!!
Scientist job okay, with occasional moments of brilliance
Scientist jobs are okay. I think the work / life balance can be good especially if you "settle" for a Master's and get a job ASAP with a biotech company. The, you will usually work 40 hr weeks. You may only get a moderate salary but you should be able to pull down 60-75k after a few years' experience. In a modest city you'll do fine.If you have good people skills you could move to other job types for new challanges / higher pay scales, it's all good.
Consider a Government career.
I worked in private industry for many years, finally settling into an IT job with county government. My experience is benefits are similar to state employees (pay into state retirement for pension, great medical & dental, paid or comp time for any overtime worked). But the work / life balance is the best of all. I am able to take time off with very little notice, and get 6+ weeks off each year. I am able to make it to all the soccer games and dance recitals. Government pay is very comparable to private industry and when you factor in the benefits and work/life balance and the benefits, it's a terrific career path. Consider public service and it may benefit you too.
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