It seems like many of you are interested in child psychology as a career!
I would highly recommend it! My career is rewarding, dynamic, interesting, fast paced and creative. I get to meet a lot of children and families, and I always am learning something new about the world--or about myself. I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of children, and I go home every night wanting to do even better the next day. I am passionate and engaged and highly motivated to do the best work I can.
I want to be one of those people who helped along the way--not the person who said an automatic "no" or one who shut down ideas or one who left a child and family feeling like they had no hope.
I also am a professor (associate professor at UVic) and I love (I mean LOVE) teaching. My students are trying to launch their own careers. I see that my positive ripple will be bigger if each of my students goes out and does good work.
The world is changing. It is fast paced and I feel like kids are drowning in information. They are not ready to absorb so much information. I want to work together as a community to prepare kids to be leaders and problem solvers in the 21st century. To do this, our next generation must have a solid socio-emotional foundation and a solid (and integrity enriched) moral compass by which to navigate this new world of ours.
It can be done!
Dr Jillian Roberts
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