I made tons of great friend over those two years, and now in I think a lot of us feel ahead of some of our peers career wise, because we had time to pursue a dream, find our passions and make them happen. I hate the phrase "finding yourself," but it is a life changing experience.
I say go ahead and apply! I wouldn't trade the experience for two extra years of a functional bank account. I can say confidently that without my AmeriCorps experience, I would not be in the field I'm in, doing what I love to do.
My fellow teammates went on to be doctors, nurses, business people, and lawyers and were all successful in their fields so far. I think NCCC is a good career move and will set you apart from your competition.
In my service year, Hurricane Katrina and Rita had just struck the gulf coast. We spent A LOT of time in the gulf coast region doing disaster relief work. I left AmeriCorps after my service year and earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in disaster management to continue in that focus.
Now I am a floodplain manager, well respected in my field, and do incredibly valuable work everyday. I'm a little wary of them, just because I've heard that some people were seriously underutilized or mismanaged, but I guess I'd just have to look for reputable organizations?
I would only apply for vista positions that have had a vista before. They seem to know what to use a vista for. Absolutely not a good indicator. Some organizations are just very good at taking advantage of AmeriCorps.
It is a reality. When you're applying to different sites that interest you, you have to do your research, and it's OK to ask questions.
Explain that your perceived salary is experience. What are they offering you with regards to skills and experience? If the site is uncomfortable putting you in touch with that person at least over email, there's a red flag. Most sites want someone with a college degree at least many others are a lot more competitive still. If you wanna do americorps after college, definitely look into being a team leader. Better pay, by far more experience, puts you ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of employability.
It may seem intimidating but I can assure you that the NCCC will provide you with a ton of training to be able to lead and manage a team.
Most TLs have some sort of experience being a leader previously, or if they don't they have demonstrated a very good work ethic previously. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to PM me. Maybe I'll put an app in tomorrow then. Is it too late, like do you think I have a chance? I know they start selections in Feb. I applied too late for Winter I think, and I really really don't want that to happen again haha.
I have seen others get hired on after their term but I think it depends on the fired you work in. For example if you were to do a VISTA term working on Hurricane Sandy relief, you might get hired because disaster relief non-profits in those areas are growing and will need to function at high capacity for a few years. It also depends on timing. Other people I know that got hired just lucked out that someone else at the organization was leaving around the time their term ended or not too long after.
The experience I gained during my term was incredibly valuable. I'm sure it depends on the non-profit you work for, but as long as you make it clear you are willing to work hard and help out with whatever they need, you can get great experience and try things beyond your job description.
I also feel that I was presented with the opportunity to work on projects that someone who had been hired in an entry level position at another non-profit might not have been able to do. I remember from my AmeriCorps searches they have refugee related programs in Arizona and North Carolina. I'm sure there are others, but those come to mind. The most common problem I see with LinkedIn discussions in regards to people's time in AC is the lack of jobs after. They don't really prepare you for life after AmeriCorps.
I'm halfway through my term right now and starting to freak out a little. I think it just matters what you're doing in AC and how you make the most of it. I work in foreclosures which is not applicable to my college education but I'm designing marketing materials and making videos, which is applicable. I'd say just take your time researching and research everything! Just putting in my two cents based on my experience I took a VISTA position at a college that focuses on something sort-of-kind-of close to the field I'm interested in, and ended up getting lots more offers when I applied to schools again this year.
The professors I've talked to have specifically said that my AmeriCorps experience was a factor in accepting me. From what I can see it's a good stepping stone if you're planning to continue in school, especially considering the loan deferment and ed award. Worked 16 hours days for extended periods. Maintained orderly condition of camp, assisted base managers as needed.
Operated electric power tools, such as reciprocating saws, grinders, rotary hammers, and core drills. Used portable air compressor to operate pound breakers, jackhammers, tampers, and chipping guns. Operated all-terrain forklift Certified in the use of powder-actuated tools Set form and grade, poured, smoothed and finished concrete Cleaned and maintained tools, equipment, materials and work areas. Painted the construction shop using various paints and brushes.
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Nov 15, · If you're willing to share your resume that would be great. I'm still undecided about everything but I also won't be at the end of service any time soon. I'm working in Construction at Habitat for Humanity, so I think it would be more clear to future employers if I put my Construction position down first so that the content of the job is.
The issue with Americorps is that when you work 50+ hours for below min wage you think they would give you a little of help finding work or some leads. The alumni site for job postings is a completely joke and you will never hear back from any postings. Check out Americorps NCCC Construction's Resume. This is an example of a Skilled Trades Resume based in Ashburn, VA - One of hundreds of thousands of resume samples. Completed over hours of community service. Learned logistics and participated in diversity training.