Working in the field of special needs has taught me so much about myself and what kind of person I am. I have learned so much my personality and the different traits I have as a person.
I truly believe my job brings the best out of me, even on the hectic days when I think I can't do it any longer.
Below are four things I've learned from my job in special needs.
1. My patience.
This job has really matured and grown me into the person I am today. At 21 years old, I can truly admit that I don't act anything like a 21-year-old.
This might sound unhealthy for my own well-being, but I put others happiness first when I am at the job. I believe that's how it should be at any place you work. There are days when I honestly feel like I can't take it any longer. My body is bruised up and mentally, I'm beaten. Every day is a new roller coaster ride and it can get extremely overwhelming certain days.
3. I love my job.
Nothing makes me happier than changing a person's life, no matter how small of an impact I make. I love going to work every day and seeing how my clients are doing. I even visit past jobs to stay in contact with the children/adults.
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I constantly have to put myself in other people's shoes and understand where they are coming from. If someone is having a bad day, I have to figure out what I can do to calm them down and make them happy again. I try my very best to make sure before I leave work that my clients are happy and healthy. There are days when I don't want to leave when a client is upset and crying, but there's not much left I can do. I have to remember that I need to take care of myself as well and that I am not superwoman. I can't solve everyone's problems.
There are several different types of volunteer opportunities to choose from when it comes to the field of disabilities. You can help take clients out to different outings like the zoo, mall, or grocery store.
Many of my clients get a kick out of simply going grocery shopping and getting to pick out their own food. Many people have to have people get their food for them and don't even get the choice of picking out their own groceries.
What do I love most about my job? The way it has changed me as a person. I've met some amazing coworkers from past jobs that I still keep in touch with to this day. I develop life-long relationships with coworkers and clients as well. These people have become family to me.
Have you ever worked in the field of special needs/developmental disabilities? If so, what have you learned from working or volunteering in this field?
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