Not Even Sure Where to Start
August 21, 2014 9:11 PM Subscribe
I need a new job but I'm not sure where to even start looking. I don't feel like I'm qualified to do much of anything but what I'm doing now but I am BURNT OUT! So what's a 20 something with a sorta-liberal arts degree who hasn't done much but hang out with kids all day supposed to do?
posted by missriss89 to Work & Money (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been an aba (applied behavior analysis) thearapist for about 2.5 years now. Burn out is very common from what I understand. I've enjoyed working with kids with autism and I enjoy the problem solving aspect of my job but the position I've been in for close to a year (doing home based therapy) has many more bad days than good. I haven't liked this position since the beginning (it's very issolating, not much collaboration between therapists, parents being disrespectful, not given enough hours and inconsistent scheduling. I could go on.)
I would like to continue working with kids with special needs but I'd also rather not work in a school setting. I'm open do doing something else but since all I've ever done is work with kids I truly don't know where to even apply.
My resume looks something like:
Home based Aba therapist
Center based aba therapist (loved it here! Great coworkers, lots of consistency and communication .Finding another place like it has proven difficult)
Girl Scouts schools day program for low income Jr high girls (I'm apparently awkward around awkward teenagers but our subject matter [relationships, health, goal setting] was fun. Everyone was super chill too.)
Camp for adults with special needs (liked it but was over resident camp after doing it for so long and everyone was so much more extraverted than I am)
Art camp (it was fine, nothing noteworthy to even say...)
Girl scout camp (both as a counselor and program directo at the camp I grew up going to. So much fun! Learned a lot about myself and how I deal with/ lead people.)
Liberal studies-ish degree from an art school
So I've done a lot but I don't have a broad experience. I would like to get out of this company asap! I'm applying for a position at the local Girl Scout council but I would like to broaden my job search. I am planning on going to grad school for something eventually but its been hard to pinpoint what I'd like to do.
So what's a job (not even necessarily a career) where there's opportunities for collaborating and problem solving but mostly working as an individual, some chances to have fun/ be silly, and preferably with humans other than adults...