On average, American workers stay at their jobs for about four years. Carolyn Masters has beaten that by a factor of 12…and then some.
She came to work for Children’s Aid in 1967, before Neil Armstrong had taken the first steps on the moon. We were her second employer, and we can’t imagine that she’ll ever know another one. Not long out of Fordham University’s graduate school for social work, Carolyn started with us in what was known then as the natural parent unit. “I worked with young pregnant women, most of them single,” said Carolyn. “I helped them plan and make the best decision for the child, themselves, and their family.”
Ever since that time, Carolyn has been working to make sure children have safe, loving homes. Laws evolve, the nomenclature changes—her title is now quality improvement specialist—but she still gets the same joy when she knows things have happened for the best.
“It’s wonderful when you can see and hear about happy results,” said Carolyn. “I’ve seen so many wonderful situations, youngsters with severe deficits who were adopted and are doing well. Those are the things that give you a great deal of satisfaction.”
Her commitment to working for children and families is amazing. Her secret for job satisfaction really seems more like simple but insightful advice. “Enjoy the parts of the job you can,” she said. “Not every part is enjoyable. Be realistic. Be honest. And be grateful for the parts that work out happily.”
As you might expect, she’s generous in giving credit for her fulfillment with Children’s Aid. “I’ve always felt so fortunate in my coworkers,” said Carolyn. “What a lovely bunch of people to have to work with. That’s been such a pleasure.”
Thank you, Carolyn, for your dedication and making the work a pleasure.