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Careers In Childcare: What's Right For You
If you love children, and are looking for a job, here are a few things to consider before sending out your resume. You can also find out about opportunities that you get in the childcare field.
Is a job in the childcare field suited to you?
Maybe you’re worried about working with children because you know that you have a short-temper. Maybe you are impatient. Maybe you have a criminal record. These are all signs that you should seek a career other than in childcare. Children are our greatest assets, and we want to nurture them and foster the best in them. If you want to help children grow into responsible adults, then consider a career in childcare. Just be aware that even if you love children a lot, there will be times when you get tired of them. This happens to the best of us, and it is best just to take a step back and remind yourself why you got into this job in the first place.
Starting Steps to a career in Childcare
If you are still in high school or college and are thinking about working in childcare, then get as much experience as you can. The best way to do this is to start with babysitting experience. From there, you can move on to other childcare experiences that will prepare you for a job in the field. For instance, you could teach Sunday school at church. You can also volunteer as a classroom helper or daycare assistant to find out how you want to interact with children. Many different things will look good on your resume in childcare. To perfect your resume, visit www.theguideto-resumes.com
The benefits of Camp
Many childcare workers have benefited from the experience of working at a summer camp. It could be an arts camp, an equestrian camp, a camp for differently-abled kids, or a camp for anyone, but camp experience makes you think about working with children in different ways. At camp, you will learn why putting children first makes everyone’s experience more fun. You can also learn fun games, songs, riddles, and tricks that you will always have on hand to amuse children.
If you are looking for a full-time childcare position, consider nannying. There are two types of nannies, live-in and live-out. Live-in nannies have a room in the house where they work. They also typically have a car to drive the children around. In order to get a job as a nanny, you have to show previous childcare experience, as outlined above. Oftentimes nannies do cooking and cleaning for the house where they work as well. Make sure that your duties are carefully outlined before you begin. Nannies typically get two days off a week, though that is not always on the weekends.
Travel Abroad as an Au Pair
If it seems like nannying is the thing for you, consider becoming an au pair. An au pair is a worker who travels to a country abroad (often in the UK or Europe) to work as a nanny. In exchange for a private room and an allowance, the au pair will do household chores for the family, including childcare, cooking, and cleaning. There are many agencies that can help you set up your trip. These often last for one year or two year contracts.
If you have children yourself
If you have children, sometimes working in childcare seems only natural. If you can bring your children with you to work (say if you work at a daycare or camp) then you don’t have to worry about childcare yourself. Always ask about if and how you can integrate your child into the program which you are applying for.
Childcare can ultimately be a very rewarding field. You become a role model for a child or for many children. There are many different areas in the childcare field, from after-school programs to nannying to co-ordinating sports leagues. Take into account all of your strengths, and you can find the perfect childcare job.
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