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  1. cutNglue

    cutNglue Magnifico

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    What would you choose?

    Job 1: Employment Specialist for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

    This job ranges from providing workshops related to job hunt skills (resume building, interview skills, etc) to on site job coaching (for those with additional spell needs or low communication skills). I would work with employers to promote accessibility while working to provide reasonable accommodation solutions. I would teach functional ASL communication courses. I would network in the community and promote accessibility access and placement of those who are deaf/hoh. The person who takes this position is asked to design a program from scratch. They are prepared to throw money at it to buy whatever equipment to make the office über accessible and provide resources to clients and businesses. It is expected that the person who takes this job understands not only the language spectrums but also the cultural spectrums.

    (I'm deaf so this is my community and I have a MA degree in Deaf Education. I also do a lot of personal advocacy projects on a volunteer basis to promote change and integration).

    Job 2: Manager over a Vocational Training Program (center based) and a Retirement Program for adults with mod to severe developmental delays (no official title yet)

    This job has 3 goals:
    1. Provide leadership and vision.
    Basically go in and see what the strengths and weaknesses are, streamline processes, work towards efficiency and growth while motivating workers to move in a forward direction.
    2. Manage a staff of 12.
    A lot needs to be done to clarify their roles and look and of course provide training and support.
    3. Recruit business contracts for the vocational program and promote the agency to schools and other places to expand participants/clients. This also requires a fair amount of advocacy, just for a different population.

    Bottom line:

    Job 1 appeals to my need for direct services, is in my field/community, allows me to connect to a wider network professionally, provides a highly accessible environment, and I get to work in my community and I get to sign often. Because I am expected to be the person that provides communication access, missing work can be problematic because there is no one to back me up.

    Job 2 will expand some skills in areas I haven't explored but the real draw power is that it is a day job (as opposed to random shift work required by job 1) and it is very family friendly. Life happens. They have my back. As a parent with a special needs child, this is an important consideration.

    Both are local. The pay is similar.
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Tough decision...I know how much of a fit you are for job 1 and how much you 'pushed' during the interview...BUT family flexibility and availability are a BIG plus to #2... No real advice, just :hugs: and congratulations! You're going to be great at either...go with your :love:.
     
  4. TamiJ

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    Wow! That´s a good problem to have. Let us know what you decide.
     
  5. Proud2BATeacher

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    I was going to tell you to go for Job #1 but when you mentioned shift work, I'm going to have to choose Job #2. Are you prepared to manage a staff of 12? I think that will be the hardest part. Job #1 does sound pretty exciting though... Good luck in figuring out which one to take.:)
     
  6. MrsC

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    They both sound good (glad you got the offer on both!). I'd say #2 has the edge because of the more predictable hours.
     
  7. swansong1

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    Job #1 sounds great...if you didn't have a child at home to care for.

    For that reason, I would go with job #2.
     
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    Congratulations on the offers and good luck with your decision! Both sound like great opportunities!
     
  9. Irishdave

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    Which one will you be happy at or in love with?

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
    Confucius
     
  10. cutNglue

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    As much as I would love job 1, I have decided that having a family friendly and flexible environment meets my family's goals better at this time thus I will be taking job 2. Our family has been through a lot and this was a very important consideration.

    In job 1, I was already the expert and had a good structured plan ready.

    In job 2, I am going to be full of questions on the boards again. I have never worked with support needed for mod to severe developmental delays and I will be a first time manager.
     
  11. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Congrats, cut!
     
  12. smalltowngal

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    Congrats on your decision, cut!
     
  13. TamiJ

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    How exciting! Congratulations on the new job. When do you start?
     

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