Rachael Christenson

Rachael Christenson

Service Coordinator


Project Access

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I graduated from Los Alamitos High School.
Then I volunteered for a wonderful after-school program to discover...I love kids!
Then I applied for colleges! And I was accepted to CSULB.
Then I decided to be a Child Development Major and continued working with kids.
Then I fumbled around for a long time trying to decide what major I wanted to get a degree in.
Then I found myself at Project Access!

Education

High School
Los Alamitos High School
Bachelor
Child Development
California State University-Long Beach

Career

Service Coordinator

I provide services for residents who live in affordable housing.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Education
Helping People

Day to Day

Every day is a great day at work. I assist residents with questions that they may have with paperwork, help them write resume's, or help them apply for jobs. I also run an after school program where I help students with their homework and then work on them with enrichment activities such as arts and crafts, science experiments, physical activity, and healthy cooking.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

For my work you need to be a people person! You have to love to help people, be a problem solver, think on your feet, and be a self-starter.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

The most important first steps for someone looking to pursue my occupation is deciding whether or not you enjoy working with people! Sometimes we *think* we know what we would like to do only to discover "Oh no, that's definitely not for me!" So first step...go and volunteer! Volunteer anywhere you can!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Child Development

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You can do anything you want. Just don't work with kids. You won't make any money."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student