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Appreciating my time as a job coach

Posted by Caley Kiser on August 14, 2019

Appreciating my time as a job coachWhen I first started shadowing my co-workers to learn how to job coach I remember one question that always came to my mind, “How do you know what technique to use when coaching or what exactly to do?” Later, I learned for myself that job coaching is not something that comes with a manual but something that each individual coach will just instinctively pick up after building a relationship with each individual.

Throughout the years as a job coach I have learned that each person I met and coached has worked very hard.Throughout the years as a job coach I have learned that each person I met and coached has worked very hard to be where he or she is now. I’ve come to appreciate my time helping each one of them learn and grow in their positions. My fondest memory as a job coach was working with a young woman who worked as a cleaner at Babies R’ Us. She was very shy and quiet.  And now, just a few years later she is working in her dream job at a veterinarian clinic and she doesn’t need any coaching at all.  Just recently she contacted me to become a  reference for her so that she can attend college in the fall.

As a job coach these are the memories that I hold on to and cherish the most as they are what make this job the most worth it.

 

Written by Caley Kiser

My name is Caley Kiser and I’ve been with Goodwill for two years now. Working toward my undergraduate degree I interned for a non-profit that worked with people who have disabilities. I graduated from University of Wisconsin Stout with a B.S. in Psychology and I am currently in graduate school at Mount Mary University working toward my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I hope to work with children or veterans when I obtain my license. I grew up in southern Minnesota and moved to Wisconsin for school and never left. I have two fur babies: a cat named Jasper who is a dog in a cat’s body. I also have a Chesapeake bay retriever named Moose who fills my day with happiness and moments of wanting to pull my hair out. I have learned a lot through working at Goodwill and I am excited to see what more I can gain from my experience here.

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