Thursday, March 31, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
About the Film
In Wretches & Jabberers, two men with autism embark on a global quest to change attitudes about disability and intelligence. Determined to put a new face on autism, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future.
Growing up, Thresher and Bissonnette were presumed “retarded” and excluded from normal schooling. With limited speech, they both faced lives of social isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers. When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves.
Between moving and transformative encounters with young men and women with autism, parents and students, Thresher and Bissonnette take time to explore local sights and culture; dipping and dodging through Sri Lankan traffic in motorized tuk-tuks, discussing the purpose of life with a Buddhist monk and finally relaxing in a traditional Finnish sauna. Along the way, they reunite with old friends, expand the isolated world of a talented young painter and make new allies in their cause.
From beginning to end, Thresher and Bissonnette inspire parents and young men and women with autism with a poignant narrative of personal struggle that always rings with intelligence, humor, hope and courage.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Educational and licensing requirements differ for the careers within a particular field or industry, as do job duties and salaries. When you know what field you want to work in, but aren't sure which career within it to choose, use these comparisons to help you decide.
Human Resources Assistant, Library Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, Paralegal
Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Animal Trainer and Groomer
Computer and Information Systems Manager, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Software Engineer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Programmer, Computer Support Specialist, Network Systems Analyst, Web Developer
Attorney, Forensic Psychologist, Forensic Scientist, Special Agent
Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Dental Technician
Animal Trainer, Animator, Athlete, Audio Engineer, Broadcast Technician, Coach, Costume Designer, Makeup Artist, News Anchor, Performing Artist, Producer, WriterCompare Entertainm
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Top Three Strategies for Finding an Internship
How to Find an Internship
By Penny Loretto, About.com Guide
Networking has been statistically proven to be one of the most effective job search strategies there is, so why not use it to find an internship?
Networking means letting everyone you know, including: family, friends, faculty, previous employers and teachers, social networking sites such as Facebook, that you are looking for an internship.
Visit your Career Services Office at your college to tap into their resources and suggestions on successful networking techniques.
Increase your network by contacting professionals currently working in your field of interest, such as alumni at your college.
Schedule informational interviews with your network to gather information and discuss your interests in finding an internship.
#2 Discover Internship Listings on Internship Databases or Company Websites
Visit your Career Services Office to find out more about what they have to offer. CSO’s maintain a number of databases for finding internships and can provide passwords for sites they subscribe to.
Many companies include internships on the career or employment sections of their website. Check out the career or employment section of an employers’ website to see if they do offer internships and what types of internships they offer. Many large corporations offer a variety of internships in areas, such as: finance, marketing, advertising, accounting, public relations, journalism, human resources, etc.
Select a number of different internships and be sure to follow the application instructions precisely.
Keep applying to internships of interest as you find them until you have received a definite internship offer. Students will often think that once they have applied to two or three internships they can sit back and wait until they receive an offer. The truth is that many internships are very competitive and until you hear back from an employer – don’t assume that you will be accepted. Be proactive by continuing to apply to new internships as you find them.
#3 Prospecting for Internships
Identify organizations of interest and contact them by prospecting to see if they hire interns or would consider hiring an intern to assist with important projects or carry out the day to day operations of the business.
Conduct online searches to identify potential employers.
Check online job search engines to discover employers in the field and contact to see if they have internship opportunities.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Transition Programs To Get Boost - Disability Scoop
Transition Programs To Get Boost - Disability Scoop
Transition Programs To Get Boost By Shaun Heasley October 6, 2010 Text Size A A The Department of Education is funneling millions into post-secondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities at 27 colleges and universities. The grants totaling $10.9 million will help bolster programs designed to incorporate those with special needs on college campuses through a focus on academics as well as job skills, socialization and independent living. At Bergen Community College in New Jersey, for example, funding will be used to offer job coaches to 100 students with disabilities and assist with finding work. Students will also be paired with peer mentors to help in academic and social environments. “President Obama has set a goal for America to have the highest percentage of college graduates in the world by 2020,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “These new programs make an important contribution toward that goal by giving students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to receive a quality post-secondary education with the supports they need to attend, complete and succeed in higher education.” The funding is expected to be doled out for five years to the programs located in 23 states.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Preparing an "elevator speech" is key to networking and to getting noticed and remembered when the right opportunity comes along. Suppose you attend a barbeque at your college buddies parents’ house over the summer and you know noone at the party. You can definitely go and discuss many interesting topics but never really let anyone get to know who you really are or what you’re interested in doing with your future.
An alternative is that you can use this time wisely as a networking opportunity to introduce yourself and let everyone you meet know a little bit about you. After practice, this will become much easier and will become as natural to you as discussing sports or the latest movie with friends. For example how about trying something like this:
“Hi, my name is Brad. I am currently a sophomore student attending XYZ University in Wallapallooza, Maparaza. In college I plan on majoring in business, specifically in the area of finance. This summer I did an internship with the Groundhog Hedge Fund Group and I hope to work in my college’s credit union when I return to school this fall. Ever since I can remember I have always had an interest in numbers and I feel certain that this is something I want to do in my future career. Next summer I’m hoping to get another internship learning more about how the international finanicial market operates. I also want a career working with people since I enjoy assisting others with their finances and I had a blast this year preparing a presentation as a team with a group of other students for my business management introductory course.”Who knows? You might just land that internship for next summer wh
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Join us at Barnes and Noble 3/15- Find out where you want to go.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
The second half of the meeting will feature Temple University's Ambler Campus admissions officer Sue MC Caffery who will talk to us about how to navigate the admissions' process.
We will also look at the book- by Ashley Stanford, Business for Aspies; 42 Best Practices for Using Asperger Syndrome Traits at Work Successfully.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Job Interview Types
Interviews: Behavioral, Dining, Exit, Second, Group, Phone, Video
By Alison Doyle, About.com Guide
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Successful InterviewingCopyright Jeffrey Smith
There are a variety of types of interviews that employers may conduct, including behavioral interviews, group interviews, phone and video interviews, second interviews, and even interviews held during a meal. Review the different types of interviews, along with tips on how to interview effectively, regardless of the situation you're in.
Job Interview Types
Behavioral based interviewing is interviewing based on discovering how the interviewee acted in specific employment-related situations.
An informational interview is an interview conducted to collect information about a job, career field, industry or company.
Lunch and Dinner Interviews
One of the reasons employers take job candidates out to lunch or dinner is to evaluate their social skills and to see if they can handle themselves gracefully under pressure
There are two types of group interviews. One is being interviewed by a group (or panel) of interviewers, the other is being interviewed with a group of other applicants.
Interviews in a Public Place
Employers sometimes schedule job interviews in a public place, like a coffee shop or restaurant. Here are tips on how to interview in public.
You passed the first interview with flying colors and you just got a call to schedule a second interview. Here are suggestions on how to use your second job interview to help secure an offer.
A structured interview is a standardized method of comparing job candidates. A structured interview format is typically used when an employer wants to assess and compare candidates impartially. If the position requires specific skills and experience, the employer will draft interview questions focusing exactly on the abilities the company is seeking.
An unstructured interview is a job interview in which questions may be changed based on the interviewee's responses. While the interviewer may have a few set questions prepared in advance, the direction of the interview is rather casual, and questions flow is based on the direction of the conversation.
Panel Job Interview
A panel job interview takes place when an applicant for employment is interviewed by a panel of interviewers. In some cases, the candidate will meet seperately with the panel. In other cases, there will be panel of interviewers and multiple candidates all in the same room.
While you're actively job searching, it's important to be prepared for a phone interview on a moment's notice.
Tips and suggestions for successfully interviewing via video.
An exit interview is a meeting between an employee who has resigned or been terminated and the company's Human Resources department.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
A Note to Teen WorkersBy Dawn Rosenberg McKay, About.com January 28, 2011
Dear Supermarket Cashier (or Movie Theater Usher, Fast Food Worker, etc.), I know you don't want to be here. You'd rather be hanging out with your friends, IMing, playing video games or even doing homework. It's not like I was dying to go shopping today. I would much rather have gone straight home, but I had to pick up something to make for dinner. I did however say hello when I approached your register. You could have responded with more than a grunt. It wasn't my fault you were there -- well, I guess maybe it was. If I (and other residents of my neighborhood) didn't shop in the store that employs you it would cease to exist and so would your after school/weekend job. I don't expect you to strike up a conversation (although the much older cashier three registers down was chatting up her customers), but I do expect you to be cordial. By the way, chatting briefly with your customers as they pass through your lane would make your afternoon go much more quickly. I expect you to say hello and I expect you to say thank you when our transaction is complete. I'm sorry your boss didn't teach you that. He or she should have, but regardless, it's a lesson you should learn now. This is the first of several jobs you will have throughout your hopefully prosperous career and a pleasant attitude will go a long way.