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Alexes is a mental health therapist working to assist the unhoused at Homeless Health Care Los Angeles.

"Networking is important. When you meet someone in the field don’t be afraid to ask questions!"

Hear Alexes talk about her career and what she's doing & how you can pursue it too!

Alexes Ciardi
Class of 2014

@sincerelyalexes

Here is my Health Care Worker business card!

MILESTONES

My career roadmap has been somewhat defined.

In 11th grade, a social worker visited my home. She was everything you would want a social worker to be, and I decided I wanted to be like her.

I started taking sociology classes and pursuing social work more seriously in high school.

I completed an internship during my undergraduate course, and was hired full time for that position.

I completed my Master of Social work and clinical social work internship while working full-time at a homeless services non-profit in Santa Clarita.

I graduated with my Master of Social Work and was hired as a social worker/mental health therapist on a street based outreach team for the homeless in Los Angeles.

I am currently applying for my Associate of Clinical Social Work in order to begin gaining experience and supervision toward my License of Clinical Social Work.

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EXPERIENCE

Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway

DURING MY AOC CAREER

  • Volunteering!

DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER

  • My internships required by both programs were a great foot in the door.


  •  I was a teaching assistant for a while to gain some experience that way.

CAREER

What I'm currently doing/hope to do


I worked as a case manager in homeless services for about two years, providing screenings, case management, and guidance to the homeless population. I recently accepted a job as a Mental Health Therapist on a street based outreach team, in which we respond to county requests for the homeless population and bring services to them. It’s a multidisciplinary team and we all work together to connect the client with the services they need.

ADVICE

How to maximize your AOC experience?

  • Advice #1: Volunteer to find what type of social work you’re most interested in.


  • Advice #2: Networking is important. When you meet someone in the field don’t be afraid to ask questions!


  • Advice #3: Social workers tend to be more focused on others than themselves. Make sure you are taking the time you need to take care of yourself and rest. Trust me, that one failed test won’t matter when you have your degree.


Undergraduate student
Combined Journalism & Media Screen Studies, Northeastern University
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Mechanical Engineering, UC San Diego
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Biochemistry & Cell Biology, UC San Diego