Instructional Assistant Ii (Female, Age 28) in Elverta, CA

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Current Job

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Job TitleInstructional Assistant Ii
Salary$22,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week
Company Size(not answered)
LocationElverta, CA
Years Experience8 YEARS

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I WORK FOR A LARGE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
TO IMPLEMENT INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TO YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES. SKILLS INCLUDE COOKING, CLEANING, SOCIAL SKILLS, AND COMMUNITY BASED INSTRUCTION.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
VACATION (DEPENDS ON THE AMOUNT OF TIME INVESTED, USUALLY 10 DAYS), FULL BENEFITS, PERS RETIREMENT, CSEA

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
UNDERCOMPENSATED FOR THE MERE FACT WE DO NOT HAVE A CREDENTIAL AND YET WE PERFORM THE MAJORITY OF THE SAME DUTIES AS THE HEAD TEACHER.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I HAVE A VERY HANDS ON JOB THAT REQUIRES ME TO WORK WITH PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES. I REALLY ENJOY DOING THIS.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 5
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 1
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 2

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amGET READY FOR WORK. ARRIVE AT 7:45 AND BE ON BUS DUTY, MAKING SURE ALL STUDENTS GET TO CLASS.
8am to 9amMONDAY AND WEDNESDAY GET STUDENTS READY FOR WORK AND DO THEIR CLASSROOM JOBS. TUESDAY AND THURSDAY GET READY FOR COLLEGE CLASS. FRIDAY DO WEEKLY STUDENT EVALUATIONS.
9am to 10amM/W ARRIVE AT STUDENT JOBSITES AND MONITOR PROGRESS. T/TH ARRIVE AT COLLEGE AND MONITOR STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN THEIR CLASS. FRIDAY WE ARE USUALLY OUT IN THE COMMUNITY ON A FIELD TRIP.
10am to 11amARRIVE BACK ON CAMPUS WITH STUDENTS. DO SOME ACADEMICS, COOKING, CLEANING, AND SOCIAL SKILLS.
11am to 12pmGET LUNCH READY WITH THE STUDENTS. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE PLATES OUT AS WELL AS FORKS AND DRINKS. ASSIST STUDENTS IN SERVING LUNCH.
12pm to 1pmLUNCH AND CLEAN-UP WITH SOME FREE TIME FOR SOME STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE CLASSROOM JOBS.
1pm to 2pmART WITH THE ART TEACHER UNTIL 1:45 M-F. WED. IS SPEECH WITH ALL STUDENTS.
2pm to 3pmGET READY TO GO HOME. SEND HOME PAPERS AND HEAD OFF TO THE BUSSES. LEAVE WORK AND GO HOME TO MY FAMILY.
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How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
WHILE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL I WORKED ON CAMPUS WHICH LED TO A LETTER OF RECCOMENDATION TO BE HIRED AS AN EMPLOYEE.

What was the application process?
FILED AN APPLICATION, HAD A RESUME, TOOK A BASIC READING, WRITING, AND MATH TEST.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AS WELL AS THE HEAD TEACHER AND THE INTERVIEW TEAM FOR THE SCHOOL ALL INTERVIEWED ME FOR THE POSITION. THE INTERVIEW WAS ABOUT 30 MINUTES.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A STUDENT WAS HAVING A SEIZURE? WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A STUDENT BECAME LOST IN THE COMMUNITY? DO YOU KNOW CPR/FIRST AID? TELL US ABOUT YOUR QUALIFICATIONS. THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHERS THEY ASKED AS WELL.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
YES, THEY MAKE SURE WE GO TO THE PROPER MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS TO FURTHER OUR KNOWLEDGE OF OUR DUTIES.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
JUST MAKING SURE WE HAVE CPR/FIRST AID AND KNOWING THE ROUTINE OF THE CLASS.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
YES, I AM FOLLOWING AN EDUCATIONAL PLAN.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
N/A

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
TO HAVE A GOOD RESUME SHOWING THEIR LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS THEIR EAGERNESS TO WORK IN SUCH A FIELD. HAVING SPECIAL CLASSES AND A DEGREE WOULD BE AN ADDED BONUS.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
ABILITY TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE AND ONE ON ONE WITH PEOPLE AS WELL AS THOSE WITH DISABILITES ON A CONSTANT BASIS. LIVING SKILLS IS A PLUS SUCH AS COOKING, CLEANING, CHECK WRITING, ABILITY TO NAVIGATE THE COMMUNITY ON A SAFE MANOR AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, ORGANIZATION, AND COLLABORATIVE SKILLS. CPR AND FIRST AID IS A MUST.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
I THINK IT IS ADVISABLE BUT ONE COULD WALK INTO THIS POSITION AND SUCCEED AS LONG AS THEY POSSESS THE RIGHT SKILLS.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
BE READY, IN THIS FIELD ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION FOR MANY SITUATIONS YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF IN.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
YES, I WOULD EVENTUALLY LIKE TO BECOME THE HEAD TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM.

What are your current career goals?
TO GAIN MY CREDENTIAL AND RUN THE PROGRAM.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I CANNOT IMAGINE A MORE REWARDING JOB THAN MINE. ALTHOUGH NOT ALL POSITIONS ENTAIL THE DUTIES I CARRY THIS JOB IS PERFECT FOR ME.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.4AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGEASSOCIATES
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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