By: Jessica Lee
This has been the most fun “research” assignment I’ve ever had. To ask people what makes them love their job, when they discovered their natural talents, how they built their skills, the trials of education and growing in a company, and more. I have left every conversation feeling inspired and learning so much about careers that I didn’t even know existed! It’s amazing how a job I would never be interested in turns out to be someone’s dream career, and vice versa. If you haven’t read part one, it is full of heartwarming stories of people passionate about their careers. And if you keep reading, you’ll find more of the same.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain
Tyler Logan, Resident Assistant at Liberty Ministries.
Today, Liberty Ministries maintains Liberty House, a dormitory-style residence for men recently released from prison who enroll in a twelve-month educational and discipleship program. I currently assist the guys in their spiritual journey. I help them out with daily things in life including driving them to and from work, holding monthly meetings with the men, leading Bible Studies, and helping the residents become financially smarter. I got into Liberty Ministries when they showed up at my college on my last day of my undergrad schooling. Because my undergrad was in Psychology counseling and I am currently doing my masters degree in Pastoral Counseling focusing on addictions and recovery, Liberty Ministries was an opportunity that I knew was from God, which I could not resist. I knew this job was for me when a few of the residents came up to me and told me that I truly belong here and truly make them feel like they matter. Some of the major challenges that I face are when I see a resident relapse or leave the program. When someone leaves the program, it is like someone dying. But on the other side, when I see men that complete the program and completely change their lives around for the better, it is worth more than any amount of money. Every time I leave work, despite if it was a stressful day or not, I feel grateful and full of joy. Most of the time, I forget I am even working.
Janelle Bennett, Daycare provider
I have ALWAYS had a heart and a passion for children, and it has been a huge dream of mine to in some way be able to work with them everyday and be a part in changing their lives and helping them grow as well as learn. I had been praying for a career change, as retail had gotten old after 7 years, and I really just wanted to do my part to make a difference in the world. I had heard that Morgan’s Munchkins was looking for a worker, so I sent in my application and prayed. She almost immediately got back to me and hired me on to help her! I've been there for a little over 6 months, and I could not love this job more. To wake up every day and be such a huge part of these kids’ lives, and to be privileged to help them learn and grow has been truly amazing, they have taught me so much! I am truly blessed with this job, and they always say when you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life.
Amanda Nye, Mental Health Counselor
So in high school I had no idea what I wanted to "be when I grew up," but I knew I wanted to help people. I decided to take a Psychology elective class and I knew mid-syllabus review that this was for me. Being a clinician isn't just a job for me, it's ingrained in who I am as a person. But while I love my office and my clients, it is seriously hard most days. I work in an area outside of Boston that's totally poverty stricken, almost all immigrants or minorities, and most of my clients struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. To say every day is full of new emotional rollercoasters is an understatement. But it is worth it every new morning I go in. To know I'm helping better the lives of my clients in a tangible way is powerful for me. I am grounded in positivity and hope for my clients, and they help me just as much as I help them.
Emmaly Jurson - RN, BSN
With my 3 year 'hump' being reached in June of this year, it is interesting to reflect on how this all started. The idea of pursuing nursing as a career did not come to me until late October of my senior year in high school! My Jobs for Maine Graduates class had the opportunity to be introduced to careers by having employers come in and present, which opened my eyes to the larger healthcare career path. Prior to October, I had been accepted in both the Education (which I had been leaning towards for a couple years) and Pre Med program at a local college and unfortunately had recently found out that the college I applied to as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) had not received my high school transcript, which means I was not even on the wait list for this competitive selection. Trying to see this through God's eyes and his path for me, and doing a complete 360 in my thinking, a nurse seemed really intriguing for the hands-on tangible way of helping others and putting my personality and compassion to work! I knew that I wanted to pursue this career when I reflected on how I had seen my mom struggle through health difficulties over the four years of high school and was determined to learn more about health and wellness. Challenges included the 4 years of school with times that included an outstanding amount of perseverance when faced with mountains of studying for hours at times with test after test! Then there was the NCLEX license exam, as if school was not enough. Challenges during the work day shift vary from physical, emotional, and mental. What nurses do on a day-to-day basis is hard to convey in words. Long hours with too much to handle (but you have to anyway), ever changing tasks while trying to maintain your patients’ dignity, and combating with emotions that feel like they can spill over as your patients and their families go through tragic times. I know that this is the perfect job for me at this time in my life because even after the 'craziest' shift ever (and they come VERY often) I would not change what I am doing. I walk away tired, but accomplished. A simple thank you melts my heart. What is more, I love the field of health and wellness and am slowly pursuing higher education goals in that field! I feel that an individual that is not willing to learn and grow in their field is robbing both themselves and all who come in contact with.