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Carpenter

May 2018 • Powhatan, VA

What I liked

Flexible hours, personal drive to make excellent product.

What I wish was different

Had one extra set of hands and another 2 tools, but thats what next summer is for.

Advice

Even if the saw doesn’t cut, you can still make art.
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Ice Cream Float LLC owner/operator

May 2016 • Bomoseen, VT

What I liked

I like working for myself and having a flexible schedule, being able to work on a boat,and seeing many friendly faces through out the day.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had coworkers because on slow days it can get very lonely.

Advice

You can do anything if you put your mind to it. Starting this ice cream boat seemed like an impossible task until I started to put in work to get it done and it was finished in no time.
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Au Pair

May - August 2018 • Santander, Cantabria

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Being an au pair puts you in a position of vulnerability as the employers can easily manipulate you if you are not prepared to stand up for yourself. Before going I would do research and see what the guidelines are for your country so you know when to tell the family no. If you are considering au pairing, definitely look into facebook groups in your city of choice to connect with other au pairs!
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Plumbing

May - September 2018 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

The money was good.

What I wish was different

Orginazational skills.

Advice

Working for yourself is a lot of work.
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Nanny

July - August 2018 • Pleasanton, CA

What I liked

I liked the consistent hours, pay, and working with the same family for a summer

What I wish was different

I would have liked if there was less driving involved.

Advice

Make sure you use sunscreen.
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AcroYoga Instructor/Community Leader

August 2016 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

Being a community leader and a respected instructor in the AcroYoga Community of San Antonio has always been a profound dream of mine. I moved to San Antonio in 2015 and was introduced to parter AcroYoga from friends. I was quickly hooked! In 2016, I attended an AcroYoga certification program and became an instructor in San Antonio. Over the summer of 2018 I was introduced to the different AcroYoga communities across all of Texas. We were invited as a host for something called the Texas AcroYoga Seasonals for the month of June. Together, my co-teacher and a few other figureheads in the community organized an entire weekend of events ranging from acrobatic games, food options, picture tours, and a stand-up paddle board event in Seguin, Texas. As an Instructor, it felt empowering and encouraging to lead a group of individuals and host nearly 200 acrobats for the San Antonio AcroYoga Seasonals event.

What I wish was different

Shortly after the Seasonals event, our community had a meeting to discuss the pro's and con's of the seasonal events that transpired. The biggest change that we assessed for next year's seasonal event was to plan less! We had too many events and options planned for those that attended and a few events had little to no participation. In the future, we want to consolidate some of the events based on 2018's likes and dislikes to create an even better AcroYoga Seasonals event for 2019.

Advice

While intimidated to lead and be an organizer for such an event with little to no experience, After diving in and setting aside my self-doubt I learned a lot about myself and my ability to trust that I'm capable of handling much more responsibilities than I think. I believe that sometimes in life we have to leap first before knowing that the way is safe. Leadership will show itself from within and I learned that I am capable of rising to the occasion.
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Entrepreneur

May - August 2018 • St. Louis, MO

What I liked

Made my own hours and was able to depend solely on my own work ethic

What I wish was different

I wish I could have found a way to translate my business to a new area when I moved to Nashville

Advice

Working for yourself is doable if you are willing to put in the effort.
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Tutor

June 2018 • Pembroke Pines, FL

What I liked

Flexible hours Helping the students

What I wish was different

Start earlier in the summer

Advice

Always be prepared for your students Don't teach something you don't know completely Have extra worksheets
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Caretaker

July - September 2018 • Bakersfield, CA

What I liked

The work conditions were very satisfactory.

What I wish was different

The starting hours had been later in the day.

Advice

Patience is key!
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Photography

January 2013 • Denver, CO

What I liked

I liked that i was self employed.

What I wish was different

I would spend more time getting new clients.

Advice

Go after what you value in life.
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Gave back to my community and country Nigeria

August 2018 • Enugu East, Enugu State

What I liked

I loved seeing the smiles on the kids faces when they received free basketball shoes, jerseys, T-shirts and other souvenirs.

What I wish was different

Initially we hoped to carter for over 200 campers but we ended up having the camp with 64 campers because we didn’t reach our donation goal.

Advice

Next year I wish to travel with some of my friends here because this experience will add a change to their lives just as it did for me.
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Lyft

June 2018 • Portland, OR

What I liked

What I wish was different

That the pay and hours were more reliable

Advice

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Lawn Mower

May - August 2018 • Pocatello, ID

What I liked

I loved the hours and the pay. Also living from home was nice

What I wish was different

Advice

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Missionary

September 2018 • Managua, Managua Department

What I liked

The community work

What I wish was different

More time

Advice

Everyone should do it once
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Pet Sitter

May 2018 • Oceanside, CA

What I liked

I love working with dogs, and I enjoy being surrounded by animals! My clients plan their vacations around when I’m home, and I am grateful for their trust and business

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had more time to pet sit.

Advice

Do what you love- if you’re not, re-evaluate.
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Nanny

March 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

loved everything

What I wish was different

nothing

Advice

you gotta be a special kind of person to be a nanny
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Licensed Massage Therapist

January 2004 • Woodbridge, VA

What I liked

I like working with clients one on one to relieve their pain.

What I wish was different

I wish I had taken more time off.

Advice

It's important to set boundaries to avoid burnout.
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