What were your initial expectations coming to work at YRES, and how have they evolved after your first month on the job?

I’ve been with YRES for about a year now. I think my initial expectations were that I would be working mainly teaching and working with a lot of other people. Right now, this is partially true. I am definitely working with a lot of other people, but my role has switched from teaching kids to teaching co-ops how to do things. As I am wrapping up supervising the high school co-ops and training over 50 staff for the summer camp, I realize I never imagined working with other people would be like this. As for the teaching part, training is kind of like teaching but more nerve-wracking.

What were your first interactions with the team and how have you been working to build relationships between you and your fellow team members?

My first interactions were a little strange. Having worked with other co-ops before, it was weird having to work with different people now. Also, since I was now coming from a more leadership perspective, I think it took a little bit of time to adjust to this and build these relationships. I’ve definitely tried to build more relationships by talking to them not just about work but about other things as well.

How do you envision your term at YRES contributing to your personal and professional growth?

My term here has further solidified my goal of becoming a teacher or working in education. Working with my own cohort of students, it opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities that may happen working with people. Everyone is different, has different goals, and needs different things and it makes it interesting getting to work them all. This has allowed me to develop my problem solving skills and support many more co-ops on their journey as they transition from school to work.

Who do you want to show some appreciation to the most and why?

I would like to show some appreciation to Tanya. She is kind of my go to person now for any opinions and help. She works really hard and we have a lot of similar experiences here and I’m glad she stuck around.

Choose a meme (or funny picture) that encapsulates your first month/experience at YRES so far!

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