Read All About It…Child Life Portfolio!

 

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“I see you have a portfolio. May I look?” ask your interviewer as your interview begins to wrap up. Handing it over to them you hold your breath with great anticipation. You hope they like it.

Being a professional in any field it is important to create a portfolio.

A portfolio is a physical (or digital) project of some of your best work. For architect, it should include pictures of your best work (i.e. sketches of homes, rooms, buildings) and for interior design it should include (i.e. samples of swatches, drawings and furniture used). Every portfolio is going to look different and take on various personalities. The portfolio is going to become a display of the person who created it.

If every portfolio is different, you may be asking yourself “What does that mean in the realm of Child Life?” This means you want to make your portfolio standout but be professional. Add a little play, be creative…be YOU!

 When constructing a portfolio, it is important to remember a few key points:

  1. Remember what you are making it for. Are you making it for a practicum? An internship? A job? Remember your documents are always changing. No two portfolios are going to be the same.

  1. Be professional! Yes, you can be creative, but remember this isn’t something just to breeze through in one or two nights. Take your time and have fun! I made mine out of a scrapbook and made it look clean and clear, but also with a splash of fun!

 

  1. Below you will find the proper documents that need to be put in your portfolio:
  • Resume
  • Child Life Philosophy
  • Letters of Verification of hours
  • Child Life Practicum evaluation (if applicable)
  • Project that you completed during your practicum (if applicable)
  • Photos of you doing child life related things (make sure you obtain consent)

Like I said above. Your documents are always changing. What you put in for one you may not need it for another. Below you will find a sample of what could go in a portfolio when seeking a child life job.

  • Resume
  • Child Life Philosophy
  • Child Life Certification
  • Evaluation from internship
  • Activities you conducted
  • Project, you did for your internship/practicum
  • PDU certificates
  • Photos

*These are just ideas. I will be completing my internship in the spring, so job seeking will come after that.

One final tip. Always take your portfolio with you to interviews. Some may want to look at it and some may not. It is all up to the person interviewing you. Also, don’t forget to mention you brought your portfolio with you. That may end up being what gets you your internship placement.

Until Next Time! Merry Christmas!

P.S. I hope to do a Christmas blog post next. So, stay tuned.

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The Smallest Compliments Can Make the Biggest Impact…

 

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You’ve got mail. Is one of the sounds we heard in the 90’s/2000’s as email began to take off. It all started with AOL.

We all like to see (or hear in this case) that we have email waiting in our inbox’s, but what happens when it is a message that you didn’t except to get? Was it a surprise of an email? A shocked email? What? We all have gotten them.

One of the biggest children’s hospitals in my state (Riley Hospital for Children) does surprise compliments throughout the week. You can send one via email and it gets to the person. Mine did….

A couple of months ago, I sent in a surprise compliment to the lady that I was under during my Family Studies internship in the summer of 2016. I sent this email on Aug. 22, 2017 and on Nov. 3, 2017 my compliment was delivered. You can watch the video below….

 

We just never know the impact we make. Weather that be aiding someone in times of trouble or giving someone a compliment. It could really make their day. I just wanted to thank Darla for giving me the opportunity to help change children’s lives. She really does a great deal for the hospital.

Until Next Time!

Hard Work Pays Off Part 2…Internship!

 

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With great pleasure, I am proud to announce….

 

I RECEIVED A CHILD LIFE INTERNSHIP!

 

I am so excited and beyond blessed to have received this opportunity! Hard work truly does pay off. Never give up on what you want to do. If it is something you want and are meant to do, you will find a way to achieve it.

First and foremost, I want to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity. Without His support and guidance, I know none of this could be possible. I also want to thank everyone who encouraged me and believed in me during the stressful times. Because of them, I wouldn’t be where I am.

 

“God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.”

 

                                                                                                       Pastor Dave (God’s Not Dead)

I Know The Plans I Have For You…

“I know the plans I have for you, says the lord.”

Jeremiah 29:11

The deadline has passed and all the internship packets have been turned in. You are now (probably) sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring or checking that email 24/7. You are waiting for that interview notice! You are waiting for that second step in this long process! As you wait to hear from hospitals you may be asking yourself, now what? Or maybe: What is actually my plan for child life? Or maybe: What is my plan for my life?

9780736964067I don’t know how many of you believe in God and trust in him, but my faith is very important to me. My faith has truly gotten me through several hardships. Trying to secure a child life internship has been one of the biggest hardships in school. While this has been a hard time for me, I know that God has this amazing plan for my life, and always has my interest at heart. He knows that I not only want this internship, but that I need it in order to graduate. He knows where my heart lies and what my passions are. Not only does He know my passions, my heart and me personally, but He knows what you want as well. He knows that you want that internship and where you want to go with it. He knows, He always has. Just trust in him and his timing. God has a bigger plan for you, bigger then you could ever imagine. As future Certified Child Life Specialist we want to encourage children and support them. That is what God is doing with us. He is supporting us and teaching us through our struggles and even through our victories.

As you wait for the phone to ring for an interview or for that email offering you an interview, just know that God has your back and has your best interest at heart. He hasn’t forgotten about you. Even though it feels like it at times, trust me. He hasn’t. He may be telling you “Yes, no or wait. I have a much bigger plan for you.” His timing is everything and so is his plan. Don’t give up on him, because he has not given up on you.

Believe me, I know those moments where you are thinking “Okay, God, where are you? I really need your help right now.” Or “God, I really need that internship and if you give it to me I will do (fill in the blank).” I understand, I know those prayers all too well. I’ve been there too and still am! But even through the hardships of waiting in this season, I have turned to God and my faith.

Jeremiah 29:11 is my overall favorite Bible verse. Throughout the difficulties of school and life, I have looked at this verse over and over again. The verse never ceases to amaze me. I wear a ring that gives me a daily reminder of God’s plan for my life. When I am struggling, and wondering what God’s plan is for me. I look at that ring and know that he has everything in the palm of his hand. This includes his plan for my life. Remember nothing is ever too small for God. *I will include a link to where I bought my ring if anyone is interested.  I Know – Elegance Ring

Before I wrap up this blog post, I would also like to share a youtube link with you to a very inspiring song. It is called: While I am waiting by: John Waller. If you have ever seen Fireproof you have heard this song.  John Waller-“While I’m Waiting”

*NOTE: I am not trying to push my faith on anyone. Just trying to give some support. Good luck everyone!

Until Next Time!

 

Relaxing During Internship Deadlines

 

6a20e33cf5f9b15628839fa85fc90054--team-motivation-running-inspirationAs we all know the deadline for spring internships is fast approaching. Some have been putting internship packets together morning, noon and night. Making copy after copy of resumes, cover letters, internship application, letters of recommendation and what have you! For some they have chugged Monster energy drinks, Starbucks and red bull way too much lately (I don’t do that, I drink a lot of OJ. Lol. I know bad for my teeth, but so is coffee!). We all are trying to push a little harder, hoping we make it to the top of the hill. We want to be able to cross that finish line, cross a big red X through the applications we have mailed out. We want to be able to rest and sleep due to the lack of sleep that has been gotten and we just want to be able to go through one day without crying, because this process is so hectic and time consuming! We want to be able to sigh a sigh of relieve knowing that we made it! Those internship packets are in the mail!

Some of us have gone through this process more than once and others are just starting the process. Know that you are doing the very best you can. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have your internship packets out yet. You will. Take a deep breath and relax. This is not a race to see who can get their application in first. This is not a race to beat the clock (even though we feel like we do. I know I do).

During the hard times, just tell yourself to slow down and take a breather. No need to get yourself worked up over something that takes time. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and God created the Heaven and the earth in seven days…not one!

With that said, how do you relax when stressed over internship applications or awaiting calls for interviews? I have made a list of things that might help.

 

  1. Eat a small piece of chocolate. Do this when you get an internship packet complete and in the mail…you may be eating a lot of chocolate, but boy will it be good!
  2. Read a book. I love to read and I find that the time passes quickly.
  3. Write! I love to write. I didn’t just write two book series and an independent book for nothing! I did it, because I like to write and tell stories.
  4. Listen to music. I love listening to music. It calms me down when I am stressed. For a great radio station listen to K-Love. I love listening to this station. It is so uplifting.
  5. Workout. Working out helps with blood flow and it gives you time to think (in a positive way)
  6. Attend a gathering with friends. I do this with church. My faith is very important to me. Going to church with friends or family really helps me, because I know that God has this amazing plan for me. Even if I can’t see it at the moment, I know he does. Know that God always has your best interest at heart. He knows you want an internship. Just give him time, because he is working on it. He may tell you “Yes, no or not right now, because, I have something better for you.” I know hard to believe, when you are chomping at the bit trying to get things complete and sent out.
  1. Take a hot bubble bath. Relaxing with soft, smelling, fluffy bubbles helps to relax the mind and body.
  2. Take a walk. This can be anywhere. The beach, the park, around the neighborhood. Wherever you choose to do so.
  3. Daily devotional/praying. I don’t know if any of you are a believe or anything, but one thing that I find that really helps is doing my daily devotional. I do mine in the morning so I have a better outlook on the day. Now do I always have a good day? No, far from it, but connecting with God always helps me. If anyone is interested, my DD is from The Binder CO. You can find their page on facebook.
  4. Go outside and sit! Get away from the applications for a little while and go sit and take in all that is around you.

 

By doing something simple as in riding your bike around the block or reading a book can really reset your mind for a little while and ease the tension that is building. Again, just relax. You are doing the best you can…and no one owes you an internship. You may think they do, because of all the sweat, tears, time and dedication that has been put into your applications, but they don’t. The way you are going to get the internship is by earning it. I should know, I am still trying for an internship myself. Oh joy! While I do not like the current spot that I am in, I don’t let it keep me down, because believe me, if I let a no get me down, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Keep it up!

 

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

Earl Nightinggle