News MSU student Jessica Cherniawsky explains struggles of being a Direct Care Worker By Katie Patton | April 26, 2022 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on News Subscribe to News Jessica Cherniawsky, sophomore at Michigan State University, details her experiences of being a direct-care worker while being a full-time student. She works directly with children with autism. She finds many parts of her job frustrating, and other parts very rewarding. This profession is facing a major shortage of workers because of many factors, including low wages, long hours and hard labor. Cherniawsky describes the hardest aspects of her job as well as the parts that make it worthwhile.