Career Readiness Assessment: Strategies for College Students with Cerebral Palsy

By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert

As a career readiness assessment, Career Book 4 summarizes the track you can take in helping your college student who has cerebral palsy (CP) make the transition from school to work. It's available as an eBook, a paperback and an audiobook.

Cover of Career Book 4 showing arm of young person in the arm brace of a Canadian crutch with a scenic road in the background.

Career Book 4: Confidence booster

Here's why you need to read this book of college student 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. 

For me, this book's 16 career-readiness strategies were a confidence boosters because, together, they provided me with a quick career readiness assessment.

 In this quick read (about 40 minutes), you get:

  • Expert advice
  • Potential pathways
  • Mainstream orientation

Now is the time to help your college student with CP tap disability's edge in today's job market.

The steps you take now will help your youngster build a meaningful career.

16 strategies for mentoring your college 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.

These are tested strategies which now, decades later, may help you provide a career readiness assessment for your own youngster.

Growing in Self-confidence

Strategy 1 - Use These Guidelines to Choose a Career Counselor
Strategy 2 - Heed Rehab Counselor Survey Results
Strategy 3 - Prepare for Careers Which Offer Expanding Job Opportunities
Strategy 4 - Develop These Four Essential Skills
Strategy 5 - Get a Corporate Internship
Strategy 6 - Connect with the Workforce Recruitment Program
Strategy 7 - Know Which Interview Questions Comply with the ADA
Strategy 8 - Assess a Prospective Boss’s Learning Preference

Discovering Disability’s Competitive Edge

Strategy 9 - Join a Mastermind Group
Strategy 10 - Develop Emotional Intelligence
Strategy 11 - Demonstrate Leadership
Strategy 12 - Recognize the Importance of a Resume’s Opening Statement
Strategy 13 - Follow These Tips About How to Land a Job
Strategy 14 - Become a Savvy Job Seeker
Strategy 15 - Tap the Hidden Job Market through LinkedIn
Strategy 16 - Consider a Government Job

Series of Career Books: Get all 5

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.

See all five Career Books.

Excerpt from strategy 10

Emotional intelligence (EI) has a surprising relationship to success in a business setting.

MetLife, for instance, has found its sales associates who score high in EI outsell those with low EI by an average of 37 percent during their first two years of work.

Your college student with special needs probably possesses EI skills, but they may be under-developed and an untapped resource.

A youngster is not born to do well on an emotional intelligence test. EI is learned (unlike an individual’s intelligence quotient) -- first from you, as a mom or primary caretaker, and then from others, such as a mentor ...

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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 employment issues.