Pros: work independently and part of a team, interacting with students, autonomy
Cons: poor pay
In a typical day, I check in with the group of high school students that I work with and ensure that they are on track to meet their short and long term goals. I meet with students and provide whatever it is that they need to help them be successful. For some students, this may include (but not be limited to) to the following: offering a listening ear and providing counsel, completing mediations when communications have broken down with another student, completing assessment to determine the needs of a student, liaising with and providing community supports and resources to bridge gaps that act as barriers to learning, offering tutoring and/or schoolwork assistance... etc. There is no typical day, because the needs of students are fluid and I am to be flexible to meet whatever challenges they are facing of that day.
I work as part of a multidisciplinary team, who works together to figure out what each student needs to be successful and addressing the gaps that exist. The hardest part of the job is to convince some staff members of the legitimacy of the program and that it is as important as academics, when the barrier to a student's success may be something unrelated to school. The most rewarding part of my job is to see that I can meet at need that a student has, which may not have been met if I was not there. It's not often that teenagers can see the big picture and the eventual outcome of my intervention, but when one can and says thank you, it makes my day.