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I appreciate the Professional Development (PD) opportunities I receive at my job. It is important to work at a job where they support your growth and help you to learn new skills. My organization promotes continual growth by offering a stipend employees can use to put towards classes, conferences, or membership associations. It is also important for you to take it upon yourself to ask your boss for opportunities to present to various different groups and for challenging work that will increase your skill set. When interviewing for a position, it would be wise to ask what kind of PD opportunities the company offers.
Broadly, I love working for an organization whose mission I am passionate about. Specifically, as a Volunteer Coordinator, I love working with people who share my passion, and who are willing to give their time and energy to serve that passion. I am constantly blown away by the generosity and hard work of our volunteers, without whom we would simply not exist! I also enjoy seeing and hearing what our volunteers get out of their roles - some like the social network aspect, others gain new professional skills, others enjoy learning about our artisans around the world - and hearing their motivators keeps me motivated.
I also enjoy project management and having the autonomy to design and implement projects that will improve our workplace and further our mission. Working in a small team is hard sometimes, but I enjoy wearing a few different hats and having a diverse workday to-do list - I might post a volunteer opportunity, meet with an intern, help a customer, post content on social media, then do some event planning in the afternoon!
What I like about my job is the fact that I can wake up every morning and feel good about going into work. I think that is one of the best feelings. I am a learning specialist which is another title for Special ed teacher and I love what I do. I love the fact that I am able to help students' achieve goals that they probably never thought they could achieve. I love the fact that I am able to give hope to those who may feel hopeless. I think it is important to get into a field that you can see yourself growing and fulfilling your purpose in life. Yes, you can into a career that may pay a great salary, but always ask yourself this question. Does this career bring any kind of purpose to my life? I believe that we are called to do certain things in life. Work to me shouldn't feel like work. Instead, it should feel more rewarding. Hope this helps!