Here's why you need to read this career readiness 101 book of elementary school strategies. It shows how leveraging disability worked for me in the mainstream job market (even though I walked and talked with difficulty due to CP) and how preparation for my career started in elementary school.
For me, this book's 17 career-readiness strategies were a confidence boosters throughout my school years.
In this quick read (about 40 minutes), you get:
Now is the time to help your elementary school student with CP begin to think about how to tap disability's edge in tomorrow's job market.
The steps you take today will help your youngster gain insight for effectively managing his or her career as an adult.
During the 1980s, I didn’t have an opportunity to tell my mom about what I had learned about developing a career as an individual with CP.
Here are Career Book 1's time-tested strategies which now, decades later, may help you coach your youngster while in elementary school.
Growing in Self-confidence
Strategy 1 – Learn What It Means to Work
Strategy 2 - Nurture Self-esteem
Strategy 3 - Address Fear
Strategy 4 - Manage Motivation
Strategy 5 - Value Patience
Strategy 6 - Use Visual Learning
Strategy 7 - Learn Virtual Team-building Skills
Strategy 8 - Start Career Planning Now
Strategy 9 - Foster Seven Career Development Skills
Discovering Disability’s Competitive Edge
Strategy 10 - Lay the Foundation
for Career Development
Strategy 11 - Teach Teamwork Skills
Strategy 12 - Show How to Set and Achieve Goals
Strategy 13 - Take Small Steps to Achieve a Goal
Strategy 14 - Develop Problem-solving Ability
Strategy 15 - Ride Only One Horse
Strategy 16 - Explore the World of Work
Strategy 17 - Reach for Three Developmental Milestones
Each of these five Career Books takes about 40 minutes to read.
Each illustrates and summarizes the essential career development strategies to follow for your youngster’s age group – all based on the road map recommended by National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) and my experience as a Global Career Development Facilitator and as a person with cerebral palsy and mainstream work experience.
Get all five Career Books.
... You can empower your youngster by providing a home life (or frequent place to visit, if your situation is not home-based) which is, in itself, a career builder. It’s a career builder because it fosters self-esteem development -- a place where managing your personal feelings is the norm.
In such an environment, individuals relate to one another at a high level of consciousness, self-acceptance (and acceptance of others), self-responsibility, self-assertiveness (and respect for the assertiveness of others), purposefulness, and personal integrity.
That type of gathering place offers your youngster an opportunity to develop, even at an early age, a healthy sense of self-esteem. To do so, however, such an environment needs to offer your youngster an opportunity to:
Within that type of family unit ... your elementary-school youngster will learn how to manage his or her feelings in appropriate ways and, in the process, realize a higher sense of self-esteem in terms of effectiveness (“I can do it”) and self-respect (“I’m worthy of happiness”) ...