ERIC Number: ED453616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Stories of Success: Using Networking and Mentoring Relationships in Career Planning for Students with Disabilities and Their Families. ICI Tools for Inclusion Family and Consumer Series, Volume 9, Number 2.
Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla; Schuster, Jennifer; Moloney, Mairead
This brief shares stories about how three students with disabilities used networking and mentoring to become interested in or learn more about a line of work, or even to find jobs. The students represented different high school grade levels and had a wide range of disabilities including learning, cognitive, physical or health-related, sensory, behavioral, and psychiatric. The brief discusses how to identify, build, and use personal networks to help in the job search, as well as strategies for developing mentoring relationships. Strategies for developing career mentoring relationships include setting up a lunch date to discuss job search ideas, asking mentors to tell about their jobs and career experiences, going to work with them, asking them to help in writing a resume, talking to them about being a reference, keeping them posted about career developments, and thanking them when they offer their time or assistance. Worksheets are included for identifying a network and mentors and for using and building networks. A phone script for calling network members is also included. (CR)
Descriptors: Career Planning, Disabilities, Helping Relationship, High Schools, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Mentors, Social Networks
Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115; Tel: 617-355-6506; Tel: 617-355-6956 (TTY). For full text: http://www.childrenshospital.org/ici.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.