By: Lauren Holley, MS, CCLS, Your Child Life Coach
When I first started coaching students in 2019, my motto was “Because every child life specialist needs a child life specialist”.
I’m Lauren, mom, child life specialist, professor, researcher, and mentor. I began my first clinical role in July of 2016 and became certified in August. I spent almost 5 years in the clinical setting working in a variety of units. When I joined the child life team, I knew I was interested in student programming.
One thing I learned very quickly, not every child life specialist finds joy in the student aspect of the job.
I was shocked! Something that came so naturally to me was a challenge for others. That experience taught me a lot about myself, and most importantly, changed the trajectory of my career path.
In 2019, I began a role in the emergency department. This schedule was three 12-hour shifts, leaving me with a lot of downtime during the week. I also found myself getting excited for application season! (We are a rare breed, I know). As applications came in, I found myself reading and correcting them, wishing “If I could just have talked to this student beforehand then I could have helped them with some of these mistakes!” I then decided I would spend my days off helping students.
Through this process I have learned that, just because we are a helping profession does not mean we don’t deserve our own support.
This philosophy is what has fueled my drive to continue this work. It is no secret that this field is tough and we know change is needed. But, in the meantime, I will do what I can to support those that want to become child life specialists. I have found so much joy in helping others succeed and reach their goals, which is why I’m happy to continue doing this through Child Life On Call.
What will we offer?
Up to five essays or two additional documents like a resume/cover letter. The new child life internship common application is a big change. But with the help of our document review service, you can rest assured that your materials are top-notch.
Our coach will provide feedback and guidance on how to make your documents stand out. So if you’re looking to give yourself the best chance at securing an internship, look no further than our document review service.
If you’re feeling lost and uncertain about how to complete your practicum application, Your Child Life Coach service is here to help. This one-hour review session provides personalized guidance and feedback from a professional coach, so you can make sure your application materials are polished and perfect.
Our Internship Application Review service offers tailored feedback on your application materials, so that you can make necessary revisions and increase your chances of being accepted into an internship program. We’ll work with you one-on-one to help you perfect your resume, cover letter, and essay responses – all of which are essential components of any successful application.
Our Mock Interviews are designed to help you get ready for the real thing. We’ll sit down with you and conduct a 10-question interview covering a range of topics. Once the interview is done, we’ll debrief with you and discuss your strengths and areas for improvement. We’ll also send you the question set afterward so that you can continue practicing.