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Senja, Musician in Care Home
Finland, workplace of NA employees
Education
Master, Musical Education Science
Yearly salary (€)
Unpaid work
In profession since
2015
Weekly hours
<30

Could you describe your job in short?

My "workplace" is a nursing home for the aged, which I visit twice a month. I play the piano and sing for the residents. It is a voluntary job that I do in addition to my full-time job. My status is somewhere between a guest and an employee.

What do you do on average work day?

Each visit to the nursing home lasts about 30-45 minutes (or more, if I get an invitation to have some tea afterwards). I play the piano and sing, and some of the residents and staff members sing along while others listen. I attempt to choose songs that are familiar to old people, and they also got to make their own song requests.

What do you love about your job?

I always get a warm welcome, and the staff members of the nursing home often tell me how much they appreciate the unpaid voluntary work I do. The residents themselves are for most part incapable of speaking, but they smile or listen intently. I get a feeling that my work matters.

What are the worst parts of your job?

It is hard to come up with bad sides, unless you count the occasions when someone makes a song request and I have never heard of the song. Luckily, this rarely happens.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Communication Empathy Non-verbal communication People-orientedness Presentation

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Email

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

Exposing oneself to different interaction situations, encountering people in an appreciative manner and without prejudice, training one's presentation and public speaking skills and overcoming the potential initial nervousness.

If your job differed from your initial expectations, what were your expectations and how did your job differ from them?

I expected to be more like an occasional guest, but thanks to the voluntary work, I have been hired to play in different parties and events, both at the nursing home and at more private occasions.

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