Listen to Career Book 4: Tips for
College Students with Cerebral Palsy

By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert

Listen to Career Book 4. It's an audiobook which summarizes the track you can take as a parent in effectively coaching your college student who has cerebral palsy (CP) or other special needs.

Career Book 4 Cover: Audiobook Now Available -- Tight shot of forearm in Canadian Crutch; path (roadway) in background.

Career Book 4 is also available as an eBook and a paperback.

Career Book 4: Confidence booster

Here's why you need to download this audiobook of strategies for college 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 audiobook's 16 career-readiness strategies were confidence boosters because, together, they provided me with a quick career readiness assessment.

Listen to Career Book 4. It only takes a little more than two hours. In this easy-to-follow guidebook, you get:

  • Expert advice
  • Potential pathways
  • Mainstream orientation

Now is the time to help your college student with special needs tap disability's advantage in today's job market.

The steps you take now will help your youngster build a meaningful career. Why wait until it's too late?

16 strategies for mentoring a 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 a disability.

These are the time-tested strategies which now, decades later, may help you provide some guidance 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

Based on National Career Development Guidelines

Each of these 16 strategies are 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 special needs and mainstream work experience.

Listen to Career Book 4.

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 ...

Written by Jim Hasse

Photo of Jim Hasse, author

Jim Hasse, a Global Career Development Facilitator who has CP, summarizes the essential career development strategies to follow for career coaching your college student with special needs.

In Career Book 4, he outlines eight strategies for helping your youngster grow in self-confidence and eight strategies for discovering disability’s competitive edge in today's job market.

He has 29 years of corporate experience (10 of them as Vice President for Corporate Communication at Foremost Farms USA). He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, and founder of He and his wife, Pam, live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Narrated by Chris Chappell

Photo of Chris Chappell, narrator

Chris Chappell, a C6-7 Quadriplegic, is a dedicated disability advocate.

From peer mentoring, career counseling, life-coaching and legislative crusading, Chris has been on the front lines of SCI (Spinal Cord Injury/Paralysis) advocacy for more than 15 years.

In addition to his corporate career as Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Graduate Relations Coordinator at Craig Hospital, Chris has a successful commercial Voiceover and Audiobook narration business (Dublot, LLC). Chris and his family reside in Littleton, Colorado.

What others are saying about Career Book 4

  • “A quick but essential summary of the competencies needed to make the transition from school to integrated employment.”

Jessica Kleist, MS. Ed., LPC-IT, Professional Counselor in Training and owner of Abilities First Counseling & Empowerment Services, LLC.

  • A great resource for parents to assist a college student along the path to be the best that he/she can be.”

Mary J. Krohn, grandparent of youngster with special needs.

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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.