College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Alumni You Should Know: Jake Bates

When did you gradate? What was your major? May 2013, General Studies Major w/ Minors in Gerontology and Marketing.

What is your current job title?  Assistant Director in Marketing and Residence Counseling at Friendship Village in Waterloo, Iowa. 

 What is the most rewarding part of your job? All of the daily feed back I receive from residents and their families. It is extremely rewarding to know I work for a company that cares for our residents and their future.

Why do you enjoy working with older adults? I enjoy all of their positivity. I enjoy hearing everyone’s stories and the history they find important.

What are some common misconceptions about careers in aging? Everything you know and everything you will learn can be applied in this field. You will continue to learn daily in ways that will advance your professional and personal life.