Upon my graduation from Central Penn College, the best reward for my hard work would be to stay with Perry County Literacy Council (PCLC) for the remainder of my career. I want to use the skills and knowledge I’ve accumulated to help the agency retain its sterling reputation for guiding our fellow Perry County residents towards their full potential. Although this post is part of an assignment for one of my classes, it’s also helping me to define my blog a little further.
PCLC’s logo illustrates the agency’s mission to help our students and clients to overcome barriers and move forward towards their goals.
At this stage in my life, I only want to work for an agency whose priorities align with mine – an agency with an authentic desire to inspire growth in their clients and employees. After ten years with PCLC, I understand the parameters, expectations, and challenges very clearly. While I am delighted to receive feedback, constructive criticism and direction, I enjoy the fact that the Executive Director and the Board at PCLC give me a great deal of latitude to work independently. With that freedom, I am inspired to find new and more efficient ways to accomplish tasks, and I can incorporate creativity in my problem solving. My job is the perfect mix of tasks that I completely understand and more complex duties that put my critical thinking skills to the test.
Recent GED graduate Larry Yohn says, “I never thought I’d be doing this at 54. You just can’t beat the kindness and dedication of the staff at PCLC.” Brave students like Larry inspire me everyday to work harder to reach my goals.
Working for a nonprofit within my community is very satisfying because I have the privilege of helping to improve the living conditions of some of Perry County’s most vulnerable residents. When I see someone that has been through our program working locally and beginning to thrive, I feel a great sense of fulfillment.
Generally, my current position requires excellent written and interpersonal skills; relationship building, persuasion and influence skills; a strong customer service orientation; the ability to proactively respond to changing circumstances and address issues as they arise; and the capacity to work through others to accomplish goals.
Central Penn has become my skill-building boot camp. I never liked writing before going back to school, and I would do anything to avoid it. It came as a great surprise to me that I actually enjoy writing, and I can easily quantify how much this new skill has enhanced our agency’s productivity.
My situation is a little different from the average student because I’m not looking for an entry-level position. I’m fortunate that, in my current position at PCLC, my job description can grow and evolve with me – meaning that, as my abilities improve, there are more things that I can do to support our mission. My ambitions are not to get rich but to earn a decent living doing what I love, and my job at PCLC aligns perfectly with my priorities.