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I have been working at Vital Decisions full-time (Less than a year)
I feel like I'm able to make a difference for my clients during a really difficult time in their lives. This is the first job I've had that was such a positive work environment. I feel able to collaborate with coworkers and management and my thoughts are valued. The company works hard to maintain positive and supportive work culture, which they have been open about sharing that this has not always been the case. Many of the changes to improve the culture have occurred over the past year. I'm able to go to my supervisor or coworkers for suggestions or help if I am struggling. The focus is on improving and growing as a clinician rather than "fixing a problem" or "avoiding failure." Training opportunities regarding this field are provided as well throughout the year to encourage professional growth. The compensation is more than is typically found in the helping professions, plus clinical supervision for licensure is included.
-This is very self directed work and is not micromanaged by supervisors. However, you must be self motivated and organized in order to reach your goals/expectations, which can be difficult for some based on personality. -There is a lot of change- which is done in a way to improve the organization and maintain the positive and collaborative work environment. However, if you are one to strive on the stability of status quo within an organization it may not be a good fit. -The population is difficult to work with- talking with individuals with serious medical conditions about their futures and what to expect regarding a decline in their health is not for everybody as it is difficult subject matter that one must be comfortable with in order to do this job. -The phone based work is different than what most people have done before, esp. me and it took some time for me to feel comfortable doing counseling over the phone.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you're doing! I am comfortable going to my supervisor, CEO, or other member of the management team to address any concerns or questions I may have. Although I was not an employee during a lot of the initial changes a year ago, having worked in different work settings that have been more problem focused, it seems Vital Decisions and their management team have found a way to be more solution focused and improve their atmosphere to be inviting to new counselors coming in. It is obvious the attention put toward following our mission and making a difference amidst all of the growth within the company.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Vital Decisions (Edison, NJ) in October 2014.
The hiring process was intensive. It was a phone interview, then in person interview, then an over the phone role play (which I hadn't done since Grad school), followed by an all day workshop/training before being offered a position. The whole interview process took about a month. Then, I was offered a position after the workshop , which was two months prior to my start date, which was determined by the company. The company hires in groups of about 10 people, so I was not competing with others for the position.
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