"There is no greater joy or greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someoneís life. Mary Rose McGeady said it right. I've been living on this principle. As a developmental service worker, I feel that each of my acts brings a positive difference in the lives of people who are developmentally or intellectually challenged." Maya says.
Maya has been associated with a school of special children in Toronto for more than two years. "It's a highly rewarding work. Each time I do something to help these children, it sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And I move one step further in breaking down the mightiest walls of resistance, despair and misery. Each time I see a smile on their face, I become more determined to support their well-being and help them gain independence." She said further.
On asking what encouraged her to become a developmental worker, she replied, "I donít know. I mean I had never thought about a career in this field. The fact is that I wasnít aware of this as a field of study. I had volunteered many times to teach children with developmental disabilities, when I was in high school. I was interested in serving community but I didn't have resources."
"On completing high school when I was looking for courses in community development and related fields, I came across this. I thought of deciding visiting Centennial College and meet the program coordinator. There I got to know that itís a full-fledged area of study. It prepared students for a career in this field. The more I discussed about scope and opportunities, more confident I was to enroll in this program. I knew this was right for me. Maya said further.
"Since then, it's been a great journey. Iím proud of my choice. I thank my professors at Centennial. Their passion was infectious." As soon as she completed her course, she was hired by a district school in Toronto. Since then she has been working with children, helping them learn, play and interact with each other.
It's a field that not only gives you opportunities to serve the community but you also grow as a human being. Alongside it also gives you professional fulfillment. However, this doesn't come easy. Being generous and keen in helping people is extremely important. But you also need to undergo a professional training to work in an organized sector. You donít need any qualification to help people. But you need strong fundamentals in social values and psychology to be more effective and critical skills to make results more fruitful.
If you've just completed high school and are looking for ways to contribute to society and help physically and intellectually disable people enhance their capacity to function, enrolling in a Developmental service program is the right step. Itís important to understand the aspects of community living, current issues and our social system. Upon graduation, you will be able to associate yourself with organizations of repute and begin your career.
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Author offers advice to high school grads who are interested in serving community as a development service worker. Area of focus is to showcase the role of education in developing understanding of social systems and being more effective in serving community.
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