Introduction

This lesson was developed for 16-21+ year old students with disabilities who are trying to make their way into the workplace. It will help them identify their personal strengths and match them with different job opportunities in the community.

This lesson is about being able to find job placement based on personal strengths and interests as well as being able to prepare the paperwork necessary to attain such jobs. To start, the students must make a list of their personal strengths. Then as a team they will work together to search for different jobs online through the different websites given to them. Together they will match each others skills and interest with job opportunities. Once they each have found a job they will work independently to complete their own cover letters, resumes and job applications. This is a very intricate project for students with disabilities, so depending on the disability, each student will need a different degree of assistance. There will be a large amount of work needed to be done on computers, therefore many different adaptations/modifications may need to be made. Remember: adaptations can be as simple as larger font for a student with a visual impairment, or as extreme as the use of an aide to type what the student relays to him or her if he or she is physically unable to use the computer.

Learner

As stated above, this lesson is intended for 16-21+ year old students with ranges in disabilities who are trying to make their way into the work place. It can be used with students who do not have disabilities and would be more of an independent project for those students. Several of the students this project is geared for may need assistance which should be welcomed, the goal of this project is self recognition and a completed job application, cover letter and resume.

Prior to beginning this project the students must have an understanding of their own interests and strengths and a willingness to take their time and complete several technological requirements, with or without assistance from a classroom teacher or aide.

Standards 13.1.3. A. Recognize that individuals have unique interests.

13.1.3. D. Identify the range of jobs available in the community. 13.1.8. A. Relate careers to individual interests, abilities, and aptitudes.13.2.3. B. Discuss resources available in researching job opportunities, such as, but not limited to:



  • Internet
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
13.2.5. A. Apply appropriate speaking and listening techniques used in conversation.

13.2.8. C. Prepare a draft of career acquisition documents, such as, but not limited to:

  • Job application
  • Letter of appreciation following an interview
  • Letter of introduction
  • Request for letter of recommendation
  • Resume
13.2.11. C. Develop and assemble, for career portfolio placement, career acquisition documents, such as, but not limited to:



Reflection on Standards13.1.3. A. Recognize that individuals have unique interests.



Will be completed through working with groups to find suitable jobs for each others interests.

13.1.3. D. Identify the range of jobs available in the community.

Through the use of various job search sites given. 13.1.8. A. Relate careers to individual interests, abilities, and aptitudes.



By matching certain job openings to certain group members.13.2.3. B. Discuss resources available in researching job opportunities, such as, but not limited to:

  • Internet
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
Through browsing different internet job search sites as a group.

13.2.5. A. Apply appropriate speaking and listening techniques used in conversation.

These communication skills will be key to a successful group environment.

13.2.8. C. Prepare a draft of career acquisition documents, such as, but not limited to:

  • Job application
  • Letter of appreciation following an interview
  • Letter of introduction
  • Request for letter of recommendation
  • Resume

13.2.11. C. Develop and assemble, for career portfolio placement, career acquisition documents, such as, but not limited to:

Through completion of career documents listed above and during the job search on the internet.

Resources

*Computer with internet access (one per student, although when doing job search they may chose to work together on one or together while each on separate computers)

*Printer

*List of websites to be used (monster.com, simplyhired.com)

*Microsoft word (should be installed on each computer)

Depending on the number of students in the classroom and their individual needs the number of teachers and aides will vary. Have at least one aide to every two students and at least one teacher in the classroom at all times.

Evaluation

We can consider this lesson successful if the majority of the students were able to use the job search engines and complete cover letters, resume’s and job applications- no matter how much assistance they may have needed. One of the most important parts of this lesson is having the students identify their own strengths and interests. If this is not accomplished than this lesson was not successful.

The students will be working in groups to give them experience communicating with each other and helping each other find job opportunities. As long as the students worked together in a kind and efficient fashion this aspect will be a success.

If you have any doubts about the students success in the lesson see the evaluation section above.

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