The IEL-led National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) recently released By Youth, For Youth: Employment, a youth-driven, youth-friendly guide to exploring careers and preparing for, landing, and keeping a job. It was written by Jennifer Thomas, Nathan Cunningham, and youth from NCWD/Youth's Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT).
"Three thIngs I belIeve someone has to do to get ready for employment: 1) buIld your confIdence; thIs can determIne your fIrst ImpressIon by your future employer; 2) prepare your appearance; 3) thInk before you speak or act; practIce and prepare for your intervIew,” offers Blake Ayers of the YouthACT GuIdIng LIghts Team.
The guide includes tips, resources, and checklists related to finding the right job, preparing a resuming, acing an interview, disability disclosure and accommodations, keeping a job, vocational rehabilitation and other supports, and workplace mentors.
“At the end of a great IntervIew, I told my future boss about my dIsabIlItIes and the accommodatIons I would need. she shook my hand; I was very scared of what she was goIng to say, but she saId, ‘sounds lIke you know what you need. I’m glad you came to me and dIsclosed everythIng.’ I got the job and receIved my accommodatIons I needed because I was brave enough to ask for them,” writes Bethany Boucher of the YouthACT Rhode Island Dream Team.