This session provides jobseekers with disabilities with the necessary information and tools to:
- understand how to find a suitable job based on specific parameters that make a job more or less ideal for an individual
- learn about goal setting and how daily detail goals (to do lists), achievement, and personality goals differs from one another
- understand the importance of making all goals SMART – Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
This session is founded on the idea that people with disabilities are often told by family members, teachers, and counsellors what jobs are available that they think are suitable, based on what they think can or cannot do. Participant in Pre-employment agenda needs to have the opportunity to think about what’s important to him/her: what s/he thinks would make a job suitable. In order to progress from exploration and planning to implementation (from economically inactive to considering prospective jobs and applying for jobs), it is critical for job seekers to understand the nature of decision making and goal setting.
This session includes:
Instruction: types of goals and importance of SMART goal setting.
Activities: values clarification activities; complete interests’ worksheet. (see module 3)
Assignments: jobseeker write out interests, abilities, values (using provided worksheets from module 3) and what challenges they believe they face related to looking for work. The latter will form the basis for their preliminary goal setting. The SE coacher and the jobseeker with disability write out initial to do list.