Alyson Pager got her first summer job at Centennial Beach as a way to spend more time with her older sisters.
“It was nice to have family members within the same workplace as me and I really enjoyed the aspect of a summer job and being outside in the nice weather,” said Pager.
Eight years later, that summer gig helped Pager realize her career goals.
“I started out teaching swim lessons, and I knew I wanted to go into special education however it really solidified it for me. Getting to teach kids of all ages really helped me realize I wanted to teach as I continued my education,” said Pager.
Pager hopes her time at the beach will help boost her job search in the future.
“I think it’ll help a lot having this in my background and then all of the great references here then when I do find a job having summers off, this is the perfect job to come back to,” said Pager.
Pager isn’t the only one using her summer vacation to brighten her future. Over at Naper Settlement Casey Carroll took her passion for history and turned it into a new career.
“I’ve always been one of those people who said. ‘Oh, I could live in a museum,’ but it never really occurred to me to make a career out of it. So I thought, ‘Why not volunteer at the Settlement? It could be a really cool time,’ and that kind of solidified where I want to be,” said Carroll.
After volunteering at the Settlement and working in healthcare for two years, Carroll was ready for a change.
“I’ve come here since I was a little kid and I started in Mansion House and had a great time so they asked me back for the winter and school sessions, so for two years I was going year round and about two months ago a position opened up and I was lucky enough to get it,” said Carroll.
She currently works as a guest services representative at Naper Settlement, a position that has inspired her to go back to school.
“I would love to keep going and keep learning, and I think thats what it’s all about here at Naper Settlement. We love to learn so it would make sense to go back to school and keep learning,” said Carroll.
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