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1 Eliminating Jersey Shore Syndrome – Bringing a Dose of Reality to Career Goals presented by Joe Strechay & Scott Truax

2 What is the purpose of this session? WE need to get everyone on board the realistic career goal TRAIN! Time to wake our students/clients up and give them a big glass of REALITY

3 S1: Professionals’ Survey Unrealistic Career Goals for Teens with Visual Impairments Launched: November 6, 2010 (Nationwide) Informal National Survey

4 S2: Family Survey Unrealistic Career Goals for Teens with Visual Impairments Launched: May 20, 2012 Informal, Online, National Survey

5 S1: Who are you? (Professional role or relationship to the teen or teens) Teacher of the Visually Impaired 64.4% 38 Orientation & Mobility Instructor 16.9% 10 Rehabilitation Professional 3.4% 2 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 1.7% 1 Parent / Family Member 0.0% 0 Other 13.6% 8

6 S2: Who are you? Father: 8 percent Mother: 82 percent Grandparent: 3 percent Other Family Member: 3 percent Guardian: 3 percent

7 S1. Estimate the amount of time that you spend with an individual student/client on exploring and developing career goals with in a year? One Day 5.1% Multiple Days (more than one day, but less than a week) 20.3% One Week 11.9% Multiple Weeks (more than one week, but less than a month) 25.4% One Month 1.7% More than a Month 35.6%

8 S2. Estimate the amount of time that you spend discussing careers and career goals with in a year? Never 24 percent One Day 12 percent Multiple Days (more than one day, but less than a week) 26 percent One Week 0 percent Multiple Weeks (more than one week, but less than a month) 15 percent One Month 6 percent More than a Month 17 percent

9 S1. Estimate what percentage of your students/clients have unrealistic career goals? (career goals that do not match their educational track, skills, or ability level) 5 percent 13.8% 10 percent 5.2% 20 percent 15.5% 30 percent 27.6% 40 percent 5.2% 50 percent or More 32.8% One non-response

10 S1. Provide an example of an unrealistic career goal that a student/client with a visual impairment has expressed? Professional Athlete (basketball, football, etc..) But, have never participated in competitive sports D.J. / Rapper / Singer / Actor / Musician (many reasons) Sportscaster (doesn’t communicate well) Lawyer (not on an appropriate educational track / lacking scores)

11 S1. Provide an example of an unrealistic career goal that a student/client with a visual impairment has expressed? Gun Smith (never used or held a gun / parents support this idea) Hunting Guide (never hunted) Runway Model (no vision) Blood Splat Analyst (watches too much CSI) Animal Psychic (What is spot saying? - Not bad!) Marine (soldier on the front lines) Nurse (lacking the academics)

12 S1. What are some tools that you use to promote realistic career goals with your students/clients? Interest Inventories / Assessment APH Transition Tote & Karen Wolffe’s Trans. Checklist AFB CareerConnect College campuses & Disability Centers O-Net Online

13 S1. What are some tools that you use to promote realistic career goals with your students/clients? Discussion Work with their families early Introduce them to as many jobs & related jobs as possible “Success Stories” Mentors Bridges Occupational Outlook Handbook

14 More… Job shadowing Interviews Work experiences Observations Volunteering Work Experience

15 S1. What is one tip or piece of advice that you would want to give to others about promoting realistic career goals? (Tip, advice, or best practice) Introduce them to mentors Explore career characteristics / Requirements Guide them, don’t tell them! Work with their parents early on Job shadowing Network with people in that field Be honest and upfront Don’t say, “can’t” because they hear that all of the time Experiences “Don’t kill their dreams!”

16 S2. Do you feel that you have access to the career exploration resources that you need? Yes: 35 percent No: 26 percent Unsure: 38 percent

17 S2. What resources are you using to help with career exploration? Common answers: School or School for the Blind VR Internet Discussion

18 Interesting… My child is 13, so we are not worrying about that yet. School: majority of answers VR: second most common

19 S1. Estimate what percentage of your students that you believe will reach their career goal? 10 percent 13.6% 30 percent 28.8% 50 percent 32.2% 70 percent 16.9% 90 percent 8.5% 100 percent 0.0%

20 Goal Setting, Mapping, & Career Goals ERASE low expectation and aim for achievable goals Exploring interests, values, and abilities Researching goals Are the goals Achievable Set objectives Execute and Evaluate Progress!

21 Mapping Out Career Goals Map out the future It can & will change Set objectives and work to achieve them It is important to always have goals & objectives Inform others Be accountable

22 Promoting TRUE Independence Who helps with accommodations on the job or in school? Problem solving Accommodating for themselves as much as possible Learn to put in the extra time

23 AFB CareerConnect Mentors Virtual Work Sites Explore Careers: Career Clusters Job Seeker’s Toolkit (Free) For teens & adults 1.Self-Awareness 2.Career Exploration Tools 3.Pre-Interview Skills & Tools 4.Interview & Follow-Up

24 FamilyConnect Families can make Connections Programs, Services, and Events Read content by age range

25 VisionAware NEW! Relevant information persons dealing with vision loss All areas of life Blogs Content covering from young adults to seniors

26 AccessWorld AccessWorld App is free! Product evaluations Mainstream and assistive technology Cell phones Home appliances & personal medical equipment

27 Resources AFB CareerConnect - free Job Seeker’s Toolkit - free Career Clusters (AFB CareerConnect) AccessWorld – free APH Transition Tote (Fall ‘12) Mentoring! Mentors with vision loss & sighted Internships – as many as possible

28 Other Resources USAJOBS.com – Federal Jobs GettingHired.com NIB & NIB CareersWithVision DisabledPerson, Inc. VR Career Centers Job Fairs Knocking on doors! Networking

29 Other Resources Volunteering Hadley School for the Blind: offers employment course, business writing, AT Courses, & Self Employment) ODEP

30 Contact Information Joe Strechay CareerConnect Program Manager & Scott Truax FamilyConnect Program Manager


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