I studied Finance and Philosophy in college.  When I think about Professional Development and MercyWorks, I think about the opportunity to enter a completely new field of work, surrounded by support.  Entering my MercyWorks year, all I knew for sure was that I had a passion for building relationships and working with young people, coupled with a willingness to learn and grow.  If you have experience in social work and psychology, great!  If not, you are just like me!

“When I think about Professional Development and MercyWorks, I think about the opportunity to enter a completely new field of work, surrounded by support”

To kick off your year, you will receive over a month of training and job orientation to help you adjust to your new role.  Then, you will receive weekly on-the-job supervision with your direct supervisor/manager to promote your ongoing development.  The feedback I received in supervision was invaluable.  I learned how to better support the guys with whom I was working and how to be a more effective member of my team.  Finally, you will be paired with a professional mentor who can offer advice for your career beyond the MercyWorks year.  My professional mentor happened to be a Mercy Home employee, but MercyWorks has a strong network of professionals in just about every industry to match your personal interests.

After my MercyWorks year, I decided to stay on staff at Mercy Home as a Youth Care Worker, working in the same role and on the same team as my MercyWorks placement.  The transition could not have been easier, which is a testament to the fact that all MercyWorks placements are full-time jobs offering real work experience.  I have a phenomenal manager who continues to challenge and encourage me on both a personal and professional level.  I am so grateful for all of her guidance and support.  All in all, the professional development I received as a MercyWorker helped me grow from a passionate college graduate with a passion into a young professional and a social worker.

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