Career Readiness 101: Tips for Elementary Students with Cerebral Palsy
By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert
Career Book 1 is career readiness 101 for coaching your elementary school student with a some-day meaningful job in mind. It's available as an eBook and as a paperback.
Career Book 1: Confidence booster
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:
- Expert advice
- Potential pathways
- Mainstream orientation
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.
Strategies for mentoring your elementary student
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.
Strategy 1 – Learn What It Means to Work
Strategy 2 - Nurture Self-esteem
Strategy 3 - Address Fear
Strategy 4 - Manage
Strategy 5 - Value
Strategy 6 - Use
Strategy 7 - Learn
Virtual Team-building Skills
Strategy 8 - Start
Career Planning Now
9 - Foster Seven Career Development Skills
Disability’s Competitive Edge
Strategy 10 - Lay the Foundation
for Career Development
11 - Teach Teamwork Skills
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
Series of Career Books: Get all 5
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.
Excerpt from strategy 2
... 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
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:
- Feel safe, secure in the
knowing that he or she will not be ridiculed, demeaned, humiliated or punished
for openness and honesty or admitting, " I made a mistake…" or “I
feel down right now…”
- Feel accepted and treated with
courtesy; that means being listened to, invited to express thoughts and
feelings, and being dealt with as an individual whose dignity is important.
- Feel challenge by learning new
things which excite, inspire, test and stretch both ability and imagination.
- Feel recognized, acknowledged
for personal talents and achievements which are based on reality instead of paternalism.
- Receive constructive, unfettered
as a means for improving performance in non-demeaning ways that stress
positives instead of negatives and that concentrate on building up personal
- See that innovation can be exciting, and, as a
result, personal opinions are solicited and valued.
- Gain easy access to information and resources
about careers and about what makes work valuable and personally rewarding both
from an abstract and general standpoint as well from the perspective of family
members and friends.
- Gain appropriate authority to take
initiative, make decisions, and exercise judgment in school matters which
involve career development and vocational training.
- Live under clear-cut and
non-contradictory rules and guidelines which provide a structure so he or
she knows what the family expects from its each of its members on a day-to-day
- Feel empowered to solve as
many problems as possible on a personal basis instead of passing responsibility
for solutions to other family members.
- See the rewards for success are far greater
than any downside for failure so that appropriate risk taking becomes a family
- Learn and be rewarded for learning that expands
knowledge and skills.
- Experience congruence between values
and actions within the family, so, as integrity is exemplified by each member,
there is a motivation to match what all family members see in each other.
- Experience being treated fairly and justly so
that the family becomes a rational, trustworthy unit for everyone involved.
- Perceive that personal work done within the
family is genuinely useful and worth doing.
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
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Originally written and illustrated by Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, owner of Hasse Communication
Counseling, LLC, who, as a person with cerebral palsy, served for 10 years as a
vice president in a Fortune 500 company during his 29-year career in corporate
communication. He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, certified as a Global
Career Development Facilitator and author of 14 Amazon books about disability awareness and disability