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Career Pathways • Individualised transition planning service. • Aims to support students in: - Gathering work experiences Reflecting upon possible disability needs in the workplace. Exploring career options. Developing work relevant skills Developing strategies to manage their disability in the workplace. • Primary focus of Career Pathways is working with students throughout their college journey. • Complements other employment approaches / organisations / services.
What does CP offer students? • Flexible and individually tailored approach. • A designated staff member to act as the ‘link’. • The use of on-line transition planning tool comprising of specifically designed approaches. • Focus upon developing life skills and work related skills through experiences within college journey. • Support one year post graduation. • Opportunity to explore ways to manage disability in the workplace and transfer skills developed in college. • Access to peer and employer networks.
Process Exploring a Career Building a Career Launching a Career
Exploring Your Career
This stage involves: Exploring your Career • Meeting a designated Career Pathways Link Person • Provision of login details for transition planning tool. • Completion of the ‘worker profile’. • Establishment of student’s career aims and objectives for the process. • Discussion of resources, tools and staff available to facilitate student in meeting career and personal goals.
Building a Career
Building a Career This stage involves: • Using the Transition planning tool in: - Logging work experiences. - Completing specifically designed approaches within the transition planning tool. - Reflecting upon disability and reasonable accommodation in the workplace. • This can be done independently or with the support of staff / resources as required.
Resources available • Access to transition planning tool. • Individual meetings with career-focused OT, Careers Advisors, Assistive Technology officer. • Meetings with peers, employer mentors, and graduate ambassadors through monthly networking meetings.
Launching a Career
This stage involves: Launching a Career • Review Meeting with Career Pathways link person • Reviewing the objectives set at the initial meeting. • Gathering experiences, reflections and completed tools into the student’s CV, Worker Needs Summary and Personal Workbook. • Planning the application of this learning into the workplace • Connection with external resources and supports as appropriate
Key Philosophies • Recovery-Orientated - Individually tailored and flexible Collaborative Student-centred Link between work and health Empowerment / Self-Direction • Person-Environment-Occupation Model (Law et al. 1996) • Rooted in student’s real life context
Benefits for Employers: • Opportunity to collaborate with HEIs in the Dublin region. • Access to a highly educated and diverse population of work ready graduates. • Promoting workplaces as inclusive. • Access to an expert team who have developed collaborative ways of working with students with disabilities.
Benefits for HEIs • Development of Innovative approach to supporting students with disabilities. • Collaboration between services and HEIs. • Building expertise in college staff. • In line with college strategic plans and national policy.
What’s next? • Year one target: 35 students, 10 graduates within TCD • Year Two target: 150 students, 30 graduates. • Collaboration with other HEIs involved in the project. • Recruitment of student / graduate ambassadors. • Recruitment of further employers to act as resources to students involved in Career Pathways. • Dissemination of outcomes of the project at the end of the two year funding cycle.
Transition Planning Tool Worker Needs Summary CV • • Personal Professional Academic Gathering experiences and refelections • • • Reflection on RA Worker Profile AT Assessment LENS Report Placement Planning My Personal Workbook • • • Meeting Forms Disclosure WSMP FMP Career Specific approaches • Other approaches • Application to the workplace