Module 7 - Pre-employment agenda

Module 7

Title: Pre-employment agenda

 

Responsible partner

 

INTERPROJECTS

Aims and  Overarching Objectives of the module

SE Coachers can / knows how to:

  • Introduce the structured consultancy process to the clients with disabilities
  • Describe the local labour market trends and provide an overview of career exploration resources
  • Describe critical work elements from the worker’s perspective
  • Teach the importance of self-analysis in the job/self-matching process
  • Discuss career and job search tools
  • Analyse and then provide an overview of access technology in the workplace
  • Identify positive communication skills and facilitate the participants’ initial presentations
  • Discuss strategies for finding suitable jobs
  • Describe how to set employers’ stereotypes toward hiring people with disabilities
  • Explain techniques for a disability disclosure and when to disclose disability in the job search process
  • Introduce techniques for preparation and submission of applications, CVs, and cover letters on-line or in-person
  • Provide an interview skills workshop and practice via participants’ final pre-interview presentations
  • Perform mock interviews
  • Provide participants with feedback on their mock interviews and facilitate closure activities
  • Prepare the client with disability for his/her first day at work

Summary of the module content and table of content items

This module describes best practices in career guidance. It addresses the importance of establishing and maintaining work norms, developing the soft skills needed for employment success, and initiating the self-awareness and career exploration process in preparation for matching oneself to a job. This module also gives guidance how the SE coacher could encourage clients with disabilities to begin to think “outside the box” about themselves and the careers for which they are qualified and interested in doing, while recognizing the challenges, limitations and strengths.  

Furthermore the module gives instructions how job seekers with disabilities could find information about job vacancies as well as alternative resources for searching a job. This is especially important when the SE coacher is working with clients who have limited access to the pictorial and written resources.

The SE coachers will be trained how to encourage clients with disabilities to think about what’s important to them: what they think would make a job perfect 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.

In addition the module will support SE coachers to guide clients to understand their personal attributes, talents, behaviours, facial expressions or body language which will enable them to recognize the reactions of other people towards them.

The module gives SE coachers tools which will allow clients with disabilities to absorb reflect and determine if their career choices have altered as a result of analyzing career resources.

To evaluate the viability of career options, job seekers need to compare their strengths (interests, abilities, values, work personality) and limitations with jobs they’ve researched to determine where their qualifications match the jobs they’re considering.

The module also consists of tools in terms of interpretation of nonverbal communication, such as facial expression and body language and, conversely, with producing nonverbal prompts for others.

Once clients with disabilities have evaluated the viability of career options and identified what jobs they are interested in pursuing, they must determine how best to uncover job leads. This module offers the most common methods for finding a job and provides alternatives to traditional job seeking such as networking to uncover job openings or opportunities.

Many people in the general public underestimate the abilities of people with disabilities, including their family members. The misperceptions of the public (and employers) are due to the fact that some people have not met anyone with a impairment). To alleviate others’ stereotypical notions, the SE coachers will be supported by important information how to support clients with disabilities first know what misperceptions they may have and then how best to counter their concerns. This module also supports SE coachers to offer consultancy in terms of addressing proactively co-workers, prospective customers or clients, and the general public any stereotypes that they may encounter particular to the disability.

Upon completion of this module SE workers will be able also to support their clients what to disclose, when in the job search process to disclose, and how to present disability constraints positively while responding to concerns that people without disabilities may have about how tasks can be performed with adjustments or modifications.

This module provides SE coachers with tools for specific, written and verbalized feedback, focusing on clients’ behaviour. This feedback provides the clients with disabilities ideas to consider in developing an action plan to change behaviours that are not well-received; thereby circumventing job maintenance problems in the future.

One of the greatest challenges to the job seeking process for clients with disabilities is dealing with the necessary paperwork inherent in the application process. While many employers now use an electronic application process, a significant number still rely on hardcopy applications and CVs to secure information about prospective candidates for job vacancies. Therefore, this module provides information how SE coacher can facilitate the process of respective documents, CV, cover letter, personal portfolio.

In order to prepare for competitive interviews, clients with disabilities need input from SE coachers who’ve successfully secured jobs and researched techniques that others are using to succeed in this effort. This module allows opportunity to apply what they learned in earlier modules. The additional practice in presenting enables individuals to build confidence and doing a presentation related to disability disclosure helps prepare them for the actual interview.

In addition the module consists of example for conducting exemplary job interview. They will know how to assess client’s performance and to give them extra guidelines for further improvements. By performing and receiving feedback in a controlled environment, clients with disabilities can practice and improve their presentation style. Thus participants are able to gain confidence in their ability to perform as a result of SE coacher’s work.

 

Table of contents:

7.1           My role as a coacher in the SE process

7.2           I and my client with disability

7.3           Labour market conditions and trends

7.4           The suitable job

7.5           Self-awareness

7.6           Career resources

7.7           Job opportunities and tools to reach them

7.8           Communication and presentation skills

7.9           Looking for work is harder than working!

7.10      Myth busters – the reality of working as other people in the society

7.11     How and when to disclose disability in the job search process

7.12     The good worker

7.13     The paper trail

7.14     What you see is what you get – it’s all in the presentation!

7.15     It’s show time: an interview performance

7.16     Interview feedback and final thoughts

7.17     Preparation for the first day at work

Training workload

1.      Theoretical part (hours): 30 hours

2.      Practical part (hours): 30 hours

3.      Assessment (hours): 2 hours

Educational resources required

1. PC, laptop or tablet.

2. Internet access.

3. E-mail account

Learning pathways

1.      Face to face: 15 hours

2.      E-learning: 15 hours

3.      Practice: 30 hours

4.      Internship: 0 hours

Previous knowledge

1. To be literate, have basic knowledge on disability and social affairs.

2. Good communication skills.

3. Basic ICT skills.

4. Ability to cooperate with others.

5. Positive attitudes and ability to express empathy towards people with disabilities.

6. Basic knowledge in the field of working with clients with special needs.

Compulsory completion of other modules before starting:

M1 Disability awareness

M3 Practical methods in the coaching process

M5 Supported employment basis

M6 Attitudes and approaches

M8 Career guidance - labour market methods

Learning outcomes

Knowledge:

  • Thorough understanding of job preparation process from clients’ perspective
  • Specific tools which can support their daily activities in SE coaching process
  • Nature of the disclosure of disability
  • Reasons that lead to failure of the client during job interview

Skills:

  • Ability to structure the SE consultancy process
  • Ability to describe local labour market trends
  • Ability to describe critical work elements from the worker’s perspective
  • Ability to apply job search tools
  • Ability to analyse and then provide an overview of access technology in the workplace
  • Ability to identify positive communication skills and facilitate the participants’ initial presentations
  • Ability to describe how to set employers’ stereotypes toward hiring people with disabilities
  • Ability to guide client how and when to disclosure his/her disability in the job search process
  • Ability to introduce techniques for preparation and submission of job applications.
  • Ability to conduct mock interview.
  • Ability to provide feedback on clients’ performance
  • Ability to prepare the client with disability for his/her first day at work

Attitudes:

  • Application of personalised centred approach towards each client with disability taking into consideration his/her constraints, strengths and desires for career development.
  • Increased awareness to match clients and employers needs and expectations.
  • Improved confidence towards labour market succession of the client with disability.

ECVET/ECTS points

ECTS = 2 credit; ECVET = 15% weight

Assessment (type)

Self-assessment test

Case based exam