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Dawn Steele

Personal Assistant

June 2019 • Bari, Metropolitan City of Bari

What I liked

I really enjoyed being able to experience a new culture and country. My employer is currently conducting research on brain cancer in children. I was able to listen to lectures and see reports while the research was happening.

What I wish was different

I wish I had learned Italian before so I could have possibly done more in the area.

Advice

If you really want to do something, even if it is out of your comfort zone, do it. I have wanted to go to Italy for years but refused because I was scared or worried and now, here I am and it is amazing!
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Care Giver to Elderly

June - August 2019 • Bloomington, IN

What I liked

I loved working with the elderly couple. They taught me so much and I really enjoyed caring for and spending time with them.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more experience going into the job.

Advice

Always keep a positive attitude in the work setting and never let negative coworkers or clients affect you.
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Grounds Caretaker

June - September 2019 • Muskegon, MI

What I liked

It was nicer working for people I already knew.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been paid more

Advice

If you know and like your employer at last you will have an easier time talking with them about any problems.
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Private tutor

April - August 2019 • Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture

What I liked

As a private tutor, I was able to have a flexible schedule and could choose who and where I would teach. Doing one-on-one work allowed me to have more profound conversations with my clients and helped me build personal relationships.

What I wish was different

If I had an employer, I might have had more jobs -- but this was a downside I was willing to accept, as I enjoyed being my own employer and thus having more control over my time and labor.

Advice

I found most of my clients through personal experiences, such as meeting people at social events. While talking to them about what I do, I found that a lot more people were interested in having private English and software lessons than I expected at first. Always put yourself out there and network -- you may find work opportunities in places you might least expect.
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Nanny

May - September 2019 • Temecula, CA

What I liked

Workin with children

What I wish was different

Advice

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Nanny

May - August 2019 • Boise, ID

What I liked

Spending time with kids

What I wish was different

The inconsistency of my schedule

Advice

It was a very fun way to spend the summer
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Nanny

May - August 2019 • Rockwall, TX

What I liked

I enjoyed it because I was able to learn a lot while gaining pre-internship hours. I worked with two kids, one had austism. So I was able to learn more about austims and how to help those who have it.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to meet this family sooner, and help better.

Advice

Go out and try different things. Don't be scared to try something new. You never know what kind of learning experience any kind of job has to offer.
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Baby Sitter

June - August 2019 • Monroe, IN

What I liked

It was helpful to have a job close to home.

What I wish was different

None.

Advice

None.
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Nanny

June 2019 • Naperville, IL

What I liked

Pay was really good, I could add hours or request days off, and it was a fun job to have overall!

What I wish was different

Not too much overall - maybe more scheduling/planning.

Advice

Know that you have to have an interest in kids to enjoy your job everyday. It depends what ages you're nannying for, but you learn a lot about taking charge and leadership because you're ultimately the caregiver at the time.
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Nanny

June - August 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I really enjoyed working with kids, finding fun activities for them to do, and being able to get out of the house and socialize on the weekdays

What I wish was different

My schedule did not line up very well this past summer with theirs, so I only was able to work about 5 weeks total

Advice

Have fun! Really get to know the kids you are working with, and check out community libraries or other locations that may have fun opportunities to take them to.
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Baby Sitter

June - September 2019 • Port Huron, MI

What I liked

Loved the schedule

What I wish was different

Advice

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Nanny

May - August 2019 • Findlay, OH

What I liked

What I wish was different

More options

Advice

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Nanny

May - September 2019 • West Bend, WI

What I liked

Being with children everyday! It was so fun.

What I wish was different

maybe asked for a raise because I drove a lot of places.

Advice

Try any job you can to have a range of at least some sort of experience with children and other things!
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Nanny and Soccer Coach

March 2019 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I loved that I got to work with kids all summer. I also got to work with my favorite sport, soccer, and helped kids understand it more and be able to share my knowledge with them. As a nanny I got to relax and enjoy my summer with two great little girls.

What I wish was different

I don’t really wish anything would have been different. My schedule was extremely flexible, I did things that I loved. I got to enjoy my summer, while working and making money.

Advice

One piece that of advice would be to enjoy the time that you have. You’re going to be working for the rest of your life. Make sure you find something that you absolutely love that’s going to give you the ability to take time off and enjoy the little things in life.
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Nanny

May - August 2019 • Sioux Falls, SD

What I liked

I loved being able to spend my time with kids varying out activities day to day! Being in college means that I only ever see people my age, and being someone who loved kids, it was so refreshing to care for kids all summer.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had a larger activity budget so that I could have taken them to the zoo, water parks, etc.

Advice

If you don't have patience or don't want to care for other people, don't do this job!
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Nanny

June - August 2019 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

Very easy to manage time.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Always be prepared
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Nanny

May - August 2019 • Des Moines, IA

What I liked

Flexible hours, lots of space for creativity

What I wish was different

More hours

Advice

Have lots of patience and fun activity’s to plan.
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Contracting

May - August 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I like doing hands on work and creating a final product.

What I wish was different

I would have wanted to start working earlier in the summer.

Advice

I would advise someone to make sure that they are doing good, accurate work.
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