Career Series No. 8 – Child Development Specialist
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What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?
From the time I was 8 until high school, I wanted to be an attorney. I don’t even really know why. While I was in high school I changed my mind to pediatrician. I love kids and have always been around kids. I loved math and science in high school. The medical profession just made sense.
What is your current job?
Child Development Specialist
How did you land that position? What made you want to pursue that?
I changed my mind my first semester of college and decided I didn’t want to be a doctor. I had a hard time figuring out what to do. I studied abroad and decided on Spanish until I realized I hated it. I changed my major when I was practically a senior to Marriage, Family, and Human Development. I did an optional internship working with kids with autism. One of the moms of the kids I worked with worked at my current job and helped me get my current job.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
Some days I start in the office to prepare for the day, and other days I leave my house and go straight to see a client. I spend the day seeing children/families in their homes for 45 minute sessions. I drive around from house to house all day. When I’m in the office, I teach parent/child playgroups and work on paperwork.
What do/did you love most about it?
Helping kids progress.
What do/did you hate most about it?
There really isn’t anything I hate about my work. I LOVE my job! But it is frustrating sometimes when I try everything I know, and the child still doesn’t make progress.
What’s the coolest thing that ever happened to you at work?
Nothing too crazy, but seeing a child take their first steps or say their first word is amazing.
What strengths do you think are necessary for someone to be successful at this job?
To do this job, you have to be organized, caring, positive, and motivated.
What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who’s looking to pursue this as a career?
Do an internship while in college and get whatever experience you can.
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