marc spector

marc spector

Page (clerical) at local library


Bayport Blue Point Library

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduated community college with an associates in liberal arts in 1997 from low income school.
Didn't really know what I wanted to do, so for over 5 years just kinda mooched around not doing much.
Went to a day program at SBU designed to help people with various emotional disorders.
Met someone who inspired me to "turn my life-around"in 2006.
Moved out of my parents home in Stony Brook in 2006. Moved into group home system.
Got a job in 2009 doing basic food pantry service to a VERY underprivileged low income community.
Started at ClubHouse of Suffolk shortly thereafter which changed my perspective on life and things.
Obtained my 2nd part time job at Blue Point Bayport Library in 2014.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Suffolk County Community College
Career

Career

Page (clerical) at local library

I alphabetize, categorize, and organize books and put them appropriately on the shelves.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Travel
Travel
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

A great day at work would include putting books, magazines, CD's, and DVD's in the right order back onto the shelves where they came from. In addition to that, I would do some shifting (moving books around so that they can fit), shelf-reading (checking to see if the books are in the right order), and weeding (getting rid of old outdated books that no longer fit). I might also assist my boss in doing a community activity or a special library program!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Skills: Accuracy, reliability, organization, dedication, systematic methodical way of thinking. Training: I have a job coach who assists me with my tasks due to my learning disability which often prevents me from focusing and concentrating fully. This primarily serves as a back-up even though I can basically do the tasks by myself. Experience: None really.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Develop a methodical systematic way of doing things, get acclimated with the Dewey Decimal System, and get a variety of interests (academic). Become familiar with different genres and authors.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"It's too limited. It's not going to lead to a "respectable" career or profession."

This is YOUR life. There is no dress rehearsal. Follow your bliss. Do what you want to do. Do what makes you happy. Identify your passions and interests and hobbies and values and goals and beliefs etc. and work towards them. Don't listen to the naysayers and Debbie downers because of other people's "learned helplessness" and own self-doubt. That's what I did, and it didn't work! I had to stop and get myself out of a rut, and with God's grace I did. Onward and upward! Carpe diem!

Challenges I Overcame

OCD
OCD

Depression, anxiety, lack of motivation. OCD: With therapy, meditation and proper medication, in addition to my own willpower, I got over my addiction to my repetitive behavior.

Learning Issues
Learning Issues

I was only diagnosed with my attention issue (ADD) very recently: I had trouble in school and wasn't reaching my best potential. I read more, watch educational videos, and got the right medication. I'll reread something to make sure I absorb things.