An Employment Navigator from disAbility Connections (dC) can help people with disabilities identify employable traits to develop and align them for future employment opportunities. The impact of COVID-19 is being felt throughout every city, state, and nation. There is plenty of stress and strain to go around. Many people are finding themselves at home with more time on their hands than they know what to do with. Staring at one’s own walls and looking forward to an uncertain future can easily create a feeling of helplessness. For people with disabilities, try to think of this as an opportunity to gain even more employable skills. While thinking outside of the box and being problem solvers are often skills held by people with disabilities, we can also gain more attributes employers are seeking.
Shelby, a participant in dC’s Employment Navigator program, has really taken to the advice and relationship built between her and Nick our Employment Navigator. Since the Stay-at-Home order was first announced there haven’t been a lot of new prospects towards finding gainful employment. Nevertheless, Shelby has been fully dedicated to developing herself both personally and professionally in preparation to be the best applicant possible when the time comes. Equipping herself with a diverse background through interesting job explorations, educational accreditations, and local volunteering experiences. Strong characteristics on any resume! A couple of skills that an Employment Navigator can help with are with resumes and interview prep. Working together, the duo refined her resume and ability to interview and field questions. Although jobs are hard to come by at the moment, Shelby is doing everything she can to burst out of the gate when everyone gets back to normal, even dedicating an hour each day to learning Spanish so that she can be a more versatile applicant!
disAbility Connections values peer-support and creating relationships which are based on trust and understanding. Shelby has continued doing weekly phone calls with the Employment Navigator and intends to continue working together beyond the lockdown. This is what she had to say when asked about her experience in the Employment Navigator program,
"Working with a navigator who's also from a small town really helped me be at ease and connect with [him] easily. I've learned so much more about how my resume can look more professional and how the way I answer interview questions alters the interviewer’s opinion of me. Nick is a good guy and I know he's a good person to have working for disAbility Connections."
We cannot currently lay claim to a future in which 100% of people with disabilities--who intend to pursue employment--find themselves in meaningful, financially-viable workplaces. If you think an Employment Navigator could be helpful in your pursuit of a job, please reach out to us and we will see what can be accomplished. In the meantime, for many people the work has begun now; as we all take steps to develop traits and skills in the one thing that can be controlled during tumultuous times: oneself.