1. What exactly do you do?
- What field is your job in?
- What is your job title?
- Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for (size and general description of what type of organization it is)
I work for a private couple. One is a lawyer and the other is a real estate agent. I
- How long have you been employed in this position?
3 1/2 years
- How many hours do you work a week on average?
- Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)
- Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)
I pick up their 4 children from school. When we get home I get them all snacks. After 30 minutes of down time I start by helping the youngest with her homework, then work my way up to helping the other kids by age. Once homework is done I supervise the children in cleaning their rooms. After cleaning rooms we sometimes do art, other times we play outside games, sometimes we swim. I make their dinner, set them down for dinner and they eat. Sometimes if its let I make sure they take their showers and I put them to bed. I give their parents full printed out reports of what each child had for homework, upcoming projects, what has been completed, and how much difficulty they had with completing each homework task.
- What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.
- What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.
- Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)
- Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?
I feel that I am justly compensated
2. Work environment!
- Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain
I have to work with kids on a daily basis. I love working with kids. I have a Bachelors in Psychology and I have ECE credits. I want to work with children when I have my career settled, so this is practice for what I want to do with the rest of my life.
- Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
- Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
- Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it
I work in their home, which I love. It gives the children access to everything that they may need, or want. It gives me the access to give them the best care, in their own environment. Its a place in which they are comfortable. The more comfortable they are, the easier it is for them to get along with me.
- Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.
- 3 Income
- 2 Work Environment - co-workers
- 1 Work Environment - supervisors
- 6 Benefits
- 5 Hours
- 7 Level of responsibility
- 4 The actual "work" you do at your job
- 8 Job Title
3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?
- If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Look on the internet, job boards, ask people at church or friends if they know someone who may be interested in your nanny services. Just because people don't say anything doesn't mean they aren't looking. They my not know you are interested in that type of position. Put yourself out there. Make flyers, and business cards. It may be babysitting 3 times a week, but if there is a chance it turns into more, take the job. No job is too small.
- What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)
I definitely think you need to know something about kids. You need to be comfortable with working with them, you must be patient, especially when working with younger children or children with disabilities. Also, CPR and First Aid are gret things to know in case of emergency. Prepare yourself for crafts, games, and know how to be firm, but nice. Sometimes there are children tht need to be disciplined. Never hit, never spank. Know hoe to communicate with the children, and their parents.
- Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
I don't think certain level of education, but I do think that training helps.
- What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
The children may not like you in the beginning, but don't be discouraged. It can take a while for some children to warm up to you. Its not you! Its how children cope with new situations, especially if they have never been left alone with someone other than family. Take it slow, and things will get better.
4. How did you get your J-O-B
- How did you find your current job? (e.g. newspaper, internet, referral, etc.)
- What was the application process for your job? (e.g. submitted resume, paper application, electronic application, all, etc.)
I submitted a resume, then had an interview with the parents, then watched the children one day. The parents then discussed with the children about the different people that watched them. THey weighed the kids likes and dislikes, then their own, and then mde a choice.
- Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail? (e.g., number of interviews, who you interviewed with, group interview, individual interview, etc.)
Yes, I did interview for my job. I interviewed with both parents, and then "interviewed" with the children. I watched the children one day, and they got to know me, that was my "interview" with the kids.
- If you can remember, what questions were you asked at your interview?
I was asked about my schooling, references, and lots of other things. They got very personal. Questions about my own childhood, my parents, my habits, my likes and dislikes. I got the feeling that the parents weren't just looking for someone to watch their kids, but someone to be a role model, and someone to be prt of the family.
- Is this the job / field you planned to work in?
- If your job is in a different field from your original plan how did you get here? Explain (Plan can be from high school/college/post college/personal plan)
I originally planned to teach preschool, so I took Early Childhood Education classes at the Junior College. I taught preschool for two years, but wanted to go into a different field. I love kids, and I wanted to work with them, just in a different setting. WHile going to school to get my BA in Psychology I needed a job, and searched jobs that had to do with working with kids, since thats what I love.
5. Background: Are you qualified?
- Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
There was no training for this job.
- Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain
I don't think there was anything to be prepared for...
- Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain
Yes and no. I learned alot from my ECE classes, and my Psychology classes. I learned things bout disciplining children and having fun with them. But, there are some things that I think come instinctually, things that are inherent within.
- If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare you for your job?
6. The Future and Beyond (FINAL SECTION)
- If someone were to observe you at work, what would he or she say is "fun" about your job?
I think anyone would say everything that I do is fun. I get to do what I love and what isn't fun about that.
- What is (are) the most fulfilling aspect(s) and least fulfilling aspect(s) of your current employment? (e.g. fiscal, spiritual, type of work, hours, commute, compensation, etc.)
I love knowing that I helped the kids when they have a problem. There are 4 of them, and they fight alot...when I get a chance to talk to them and help them, it is very fulfilling. I don't find anything not fulfilling....everything is good.
- Is your current employment part of your career plan? Why or why not?
Everything is in my career plan. Its just a stepping stone from where I want to be. What I learn from the kids, what they teach me about kids, it all helps me for the future.
- What are your current career goals? (Can be broad or specific)
I want to go to graduate school and get my Masters in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I would like to eventually go to school and get my Psy.D in Clinical Psychology and start my own practice. I would also like to teach Abnormal Psychology at the college level.
- Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
It is very fulfilling. If you are thinking about this career, and have any doubts, then its not for you. If you want it, then go for it!
7. A Day in the Life Of...
- 7 am - 8 am
- 8 am - 9 am
- 9 am - 10 am
- 10 am - 11 am
- 11 am - 12 am
- 12 am - 1 pm
- 1 pm - 2 pm
At 1:55 I pick up the youngest of the four children. She is disabled, so she goes to a school different from the other 3 children. After I pick her up, I head to another elemtary school to pick up the next child.
- 2 pm - 3 pm
I pick up the 8 year old at the Elementary School. I park the car and walk with the youngest to the classroom and wait for her to get out. When the bell rings at 2:20 she comes out, grabs her backpack from the hook outside the door, finds me, and then we walk to the car. After the girls and I are buckled in we head 2 blocks away to go get their brother from middle school. He gets out at 2:45, nd walks to the car. He buckles in and then we drive to Irvine to go pick up his twin sister at her private school.
- 3 pm - 4 pm
- 4 pm - 5 pm
I make sure all the kids have snack( if they don't, they get grouchy!!) After they have some time to calm down after school I start homework with the youngest. She hs to practice her daily spelling. She asks me what certain words mean, and why she has to write them. I laugh, and tell her how important school is and then she does her work. I read with her for 20 minutes, and help her with her addition. She is done with her homework, and then I help the next one. She is older, so her homework takes longer. She had math, spelling, art, science, and history. I help her with the math questions she doesn't understand. I tell her how great her painting of the black horse looks. I quiz her on spelling words, and then she is don.e
- 5 pm - 6 pm
I help the oldest two at the same time. They are twins, and they don't get along...so homework is heck. I don't ask much help them with homework, as I do sit and make sure they actually do their homework! It takes them a while as they like to discuss everything that they are doing.
- 6 pm - 7 pm
All the kids are done with their homework, so now I am making dinner. THey all love Spaghetti and Meatballs. Except the oldest, she only likes noodles with butter and parmesan cheese. THe youngest try to do that too, but I catch them and tell them they need to eat meat for protein. They all talk while they are eating, so it takes 45 minutes. When they are done with dinner, dessert. They all love ice cream, but different flavors. I get them ice cream, and they sit down in the living room to watch reruns of Spongebob Squarepants.
- 7 pm - 8 pm
All the kids are finishing up their ice cream. I tell the youngest two to take their showers and get ready for bed. While they are showering I clean up from dinner, and make their lunches for tomorrow. When the youngest are ready for bed I tell the oldest two to take a shower and get ready for bed.
- 8 pm - 9 pm
I put the youngest two to bed while their older brother and sister are showering. They like me to read, so I read Dr Suess books. They love One Fish Two Fish. They fall asleep halfway through the book. The older two children re ready for bed, and they put themselves to bed( with their tvs of course!) The parents come home. I fill them in on the days happenings, and then I drive home.
- 9 pm - 10 pm
- 10 pm - 11 pm
- 11 pm - 12 pm