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kristopherc

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I'm a dude who found it a rewarding career change from EMS to Activity Professional. I work for my city's Parks and Recreation Department. Any other guys working as ADCs out there?

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Hey kris,

 

I am a guy in this great profession in GA and we have a grand total of 5 in the state of GA as of last October. It may have gone up.

 

 

Bigchris

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I think men are a great asset for activities, and I wish there were more men in the field! Having a man director can really be beneficial for the men in the facility!

 

Karen

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I am 1 of a handful of male activity directors that I know of in the State of California. We need more men in the field.

 

-Miguel Sarasa, ADPC

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Unfortunately( or maybe not) this is a female dominated field. Since I am a guy, I get called on to: lift heavy stuff, fix broken stuff, deal with combative residents, charge batteries, etc.

 

But, guys have an advantage because the ladies in the faciliy love us and the male residents rely on us. In regard to ladies, in the worst scenario all I have to do is show the pearly whites and it all works out.

 

So really this is a tremendous job! It gives me a chance to experiment wit hmy creative side, have fun with my fun side, love my folks and use my head all at the same time.

 

I would jump off of a bridge if I had to sit behind a desk and do taxes!!!!

 

 

BC

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Hey, Here is another guy. I have been a Recreation Director for my facility for the past 2 years and would have it no other way. I have been with the facility for 16 years. For the first 14 I was the Director of Housekeeping and Laundry(BORING), and my administrator saw that I had potential and sent me to school and, well, here I am.

I am the only male in my department and as one of the other guys said," All you have to do is show your pearly whites to the female residents" and I feel half the battle is won.

I love and respect my residents and feel I do make there lives a better place by my being there. I have found my place in life.

Would love to hear from others who feel the same way. You need to be in this profession to understand the ups and downs.

M. from N.J.

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I wanted to bump this to the top again - I just read a post by another male looking for his brethren - so I wanted to help him find you guys!

 

 

Karen

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I am so happy to know that there are other males in activities on this site. I would have to agree with BigChris that I would probably jump off a bridge if I had to sit behind a desk all day doing taxes. No way, not for me. Give me activities in long term care any day. There is no greater joy and satisfaction in my life than knowing that I am bringing joy to our residents everyday and I know I can go home with a happiness and joy everyday knowing I made a difference in our residents lives. I can't wait to get to work every morning to see our residents smiling faces. Males can be such an asset to activities and I wouldn't trade this profession for the world. I would enjoy talking to other males in this profession and of course anyone else in activities.

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Hey guys,

 

Being an Activities Director is something I've wanted to do since the age of 12 but was often told that guys just aren't AD's. Now I'm 45 and looking for a career change. Please tell me that being an AD is a rewarding career choice for men. Or tell me it's not...just be honest before I put out the money and time for classes.

 

Thanks is advance!

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Hey there, I am a guy, and you got to love this work. It is very fun and rewarding. It gives you a chance to enjoy working with others, enjoy working with individuals who have many interesting and exciting things we can learn from.

 

Activity Director is not a job for females. All it take is a good person with a good heart. EMS is great. You have the people skills already!

 

-Tom A.K.A. Neometh187

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Hey there, I am a guy, and you got to love this work. It is very fun and rewarding. It gives you a chance to enjoy working with others, enjoy working with individuals who have many interesting and exciting things we can learn from.

 

Activity Director is not a job for females. All it take is a good person with a good heart. EMS is great. You have the people skills already!

 

-Tom A.K.A. Neometh187

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Alright MenZZZZ! I want all of you to let us know where you are!! We do have a great job! And by GoD, I don't care what F371 says, my gals want me to make some BBQ for 'em!!!!

 

 

bigchris

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