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It is incredibly rewarding and frustrating. Regardless of the demographic you choose, there will be benefits and challenges. You must prepare yourself for stressful environments, crisis intervention, and many long days. In addition, it may take months or years before you see an improvement in the person you are helping. It is not a job for the lazy or "9 to 5" people. You may sacrifice time with your spouse or children if you do not balance your time effectively.
However, it can be one of the most rewarding careers when you believe that you have changed a person's life for the better. To make a difference in a child, senior, or family can have a rippling effect on their relatives, friends, and future generations. It's an empowering experience for those who can get through the rough days.