for work that serves others

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Many jobs provide a way to care for, or serve, others, and I’ve always been drawn toward those pursuits — such as teacher, nurse, librarian — society’s “helpers.” I was so fortunate to find a part-time job at the University of Illinois when both our kids were in elementary school (following a five-year stint there early in my career). What I do as Coordinator of Student & Young Alumni Initiatives for one of the colleges at the U. encompasses outreach, education, communication, and events. There’s a lot of variety in daily tasks, and I meet and get to know all different types of people. What brings me fulfillment in the work, though, is the opportunity to help young adults by opening doors for them, introducing them to people and experiences that will help shape their futures.

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