Last week marked 10 years that I am working in social services. 10 years! Wow, I can’t believe its been that long. Part of me can’t believe I am old enough to have a professional working career that long. The other part of me can’t believe how fast the 10 years went and feel my age with every ache in my body.
I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into when I started working in social services. You see I kinda stumbled on this field. When I was in college, I started out as a business management major. I loved business and still do to this day but it didn’t feel like the right fit. I met with a career advisor at my college and I was asked “Would you rather work with people or numbers?” I can still remember sitting in the office as I answered “people.” This person introduced me to human services(social services). I had no idea such a field existed and did not know what to expect but I knew I wanted to work with people. It was interesting trying to my family what human services was. I finally just said “I would help people.”
Little did I realize that someone in social services played a huge part in my life. This person changed the direction my life was going in. They introduced my family to Milton Hershey School. And because of this introduction, I was set on a path that allowed me to make better choices for my life. One of the opportunities that was made available to me was to attend college and get double degrees in business management and human services. This would most likely not been otherwise.
I remember being very early on in my career thinking 10 years was so far away. I was not sure how long I would make it in the field.. When I took my first job in the field, I did not know what to expect. I did not know how much I would grow, the people I would encounter, the stories that would touch my heart, the situations that would break my heart and the friends I would gain.
Here are a few things I learned along the way (Well it ended up being a lot more than a few.)
After 10 years, I am a more confident person. I know who I am. I know whose I am. I have a deeper trust in God than I ever have. I know that God walked this journey even in the hardest moments. I know that God has given me the grace and the strength to walk this journey of social services for the last 10 years. I am humbled that God chose me to walk this journey and that my participants have allowed me into their homes and into their lives. I am grateful for the many lessons I learned along the way and look forward to what else God has to teach me.