Career Readiness Learning: Tips for
High School Students with Cerebral Palsy

By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert

As a resource for effective career readiness learning, Career Book 3 summarizes the track you can take as a parent in effectively coaching your high school student who has cerebral palsy (CP). It's available as an eBook and as a paperback.

Cover of Career Book 3 showing high school boy standing with the aid of Canadian crutches.

Career Book 3: Confidence booster

Here's why you need to read this book of strategies for high school students. 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 15 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 high school 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.

15 strategies for mentoring a high school 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 - Develop Emotional Intelligence
Strategy 2 - Collect Resume Writing Tips
Strategy 3 - Become Familiar with Today’s Work Options
Strategy 4 - Realize Disability Is Becoming Irrelevant
Strategy 5 - Explore Post-secondary Options
Strategy 6 - Know How to Set Goals

Discovering Disability’s Competitive Edge

Strategy 7 - Learn How to Diffuse Stress
Strategy 8 - Develop Problem-solving Skills
Strategy 9 – Play the “Exception” Trump Card
Strategy 10 - Identify a Team Role That Has the Right Fit
Strategy 11 - Follow a Plan for Maintaining Motivation
Strategy 12 - Use Career Clusters to Guide Career Planning
Strategy 13 - Understand Ingrained False Assumptions
Strategy 14 - Know ADA’s Basic Provisions
Strategy 15 - Develop a Strategy for Disclosing Disability

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.

Get all five Career Books.

Excerpt from strategy 9

... Your high school student is in a unique position to change perception one person at a time. You can help him or her prepare for the role of an educator during job searches.

The task is to show prospective hiring managers he or she does not fit their preconceived notions of a person with a disability -- that your mentee is indeed the “exception” to sometimes long-held beliefs.

That means your youngster must begin to actively position him or herself as the exception to those misconceptions, which are usually based on lack of knowledge. Those false impressions may have roots in misunderstandings picked up during the hiring manager’s childhood. They have never been challenged in the hiring manager’s mind -- until the individual you’re mentoring appears as a job candidate.

Here’s the good news. Getting hired is not crucial at this point. As a career coach, you have time to counsel your high school student, and he or she has time to learn these basic problem-solving strategies for addressing misconceptions about disability.

Since misconceptions usually stem from lack of information, you have an opportunity to counsel your high school student in showing he or she doesn’t fit the hiring manager’s preconceived notions. That tends to “unfreeze” job interview situations so your “now-grown-up kid” can go on to explain why he or she is the best candidate for the job at hand ...

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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.