Employee Assistance Programs have been around since the 1970's, and although they have been widely adopted by small and large companies, many employees don't take full advantage of them. What exactly can these free services support you with as an employee with a disability?
Having the guidance and support of a mentor can really boost your career prospects, regardless of your level of experience. You can gain valuable insight into a particular company or field, that would otherwise take you months or years to learn on your own. There are mentorship programs across the country that students and recent graduates can get involved in, and even programs specifically for people with disabilities. But anyone can build a mentoring relationship with peers, whose careers or experience you admire. Here are some factors to keep in mind, when you're searching for a mentor that's right for you.
Change is never easy, especially major life changes. It can be really daunting when considering whether or not to move onto a new job or career. Here are some indicators to think about when you're at a crossroads.
Many organizations now have very aggressive hiring goals towards returning veterans and people with disabilities. This focus is especially relevant during an era where people with disabilities are the largest minority group, represent the highest segment of the unemployed in the US and the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are returning from combat.
Only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to a September 2013 Gallup report.
The research firm's 142-country study defines engagement as those "psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations." That number is up from 11 percent in 2010. Sixty three percent are not engaged, "meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals and outcomes."
Diversity in its employees is one of the greatest assets a company can have. By employing people with different abilities and backgrounds, companies are able to garner the diverse knowledge and talents of their employees to work together toward a shared mission and vision.
Jill Gopal has achromatopsia, a non-correctable autosomal recessive congenital color vision disorder, which is accompanied with extreme sensitivity to light. Individuals with achromatopsia are legally blind. Jill graduated from Boston University.
Karen has a master's degree in
public administration. She works as a facilitator, recording secretary and
strategist on short-term projects for various municipal, county and state
government agencies in Wisconsin.
How do you determine whether you're effectively communicating with key people (especially your prospective supervisor) during your second and third job interviews with prospective employers?
You are about to make the transition from school to work. At this point, finding a job that is appropriate for your skills and temperament and that provides you with an opportunity to grow in your career is a huge step.