Assessing Work Aptitudes and Attitudes of Students in Transition

Assessing Work Aptitudes and Attitudes of Students in Transition

The Transition Series: Assessing Work Aptitudes and Attitudes of Students in Transition October 16th 2014 A Presentation by the Center for Excellence & Advocacy Agenda Reasons Students Aren't Hired Defining Job Aptitudes Defining Job Attitudes Examine Job Matching Process Discuss Specific Skills for Pairing Students with Jobs Job Analysis - Benefits for Students and

Businesses Workplace Literacy: Struggles and Skills Families Role in Process Reasons Students Arent Hired Grooming/Dress Neatness Cleanliness Appropriateness Absenteeism Lack of Respectful Behavior Social Media

Constantly looking at their cell phones Lack of Enthusiasm Doesnt take Initiative Poor Time Management Lack of Accuracy and Thoroughness Reactions to Pressure

Time Restraints Demands Simply Put Attitude Aptitude Altitude! Job Aptitudes Aptitudes are your natural talents. Jobs where students excel will be jobs they naturally enjoy. Creative likes to think outside the box Dexterity works well with hands, tools Mobility and Stamina likes to be mobile, outside Memory can spot differences, recall information Learning understands instructions, makes

judgments, reasons, solves problems People person good with kids, large crowds Perception sees details in words and numbers Job Attitudes Attitudes are the feelings, beliefs and attachments to ones job. Desire to work Committed to learning Flexible Desire to contribute Cooperative

Caring Responsible Enthusiastic Job Matching Process In order to create individualized Employability we look at 2 things: Students skills, preferences, capacities, interests, expectations and qualifications. Business Industry requirements, Employer Expectations and Work Culture as indicated in the job description. Job Matching Specifics Hard

Skills: Refers to Employer standards of performance, specific tasks to be performed Soft Skills: Social and Interpersonal expectations Environmental Conditions: Define the physical layout, temperatures, stairs Demands: Physical Sensory Cognitive Job Analysis Job analysis creates a means to demonstrate how the TASKS of a particular job and the ENVIRONMENT in which a job takes place, relates to students aptitudes, skills,

preferences, interests and capacities. This results in: Improved prospects for meaningful jobs Meets requirements of Student and Employer Provides the means to modify the job description so students with disabilities are not excluded Fosters growth in on-the-job training, work study and internships Introduces job coaching Accesses natural supports to the workplace culture Creates opportunity for building teams that are diverse in talents, skills and abilities to drive success in the workforce What Do Businesses Look For? Reliability Maturity Appropriate

Appearance Cooperative Innovative Sense of Humor Promptness Ability to Articulate Oneself Appropriate Behavior Responsible Workplace Literacy

Problem Solving Work Habits Reading Computer Math Technical Collaborative SOURCE: Marianne Mooney and Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Literacy, Employment and Youth with Learning Disabilities September 2010 Workplace Struggles for Students Time Management:

Showing up on time Completing tasks Social Skills: Interactions with unknown co-workers Not understanding the joke Professional interactions Order of Tasks: Multi-step directions are difficult to follow SOURCE: Helping youth develop soft skills for Success Navigating the road to work NCWD SOURCE: Marianne Mooney and Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Literacy, Employment and Youth with Learning disabilities Sept 2010 Workplace Struggles for Students Accuracy:

Due to ongoing reading and math challenges they make errors Efficiency: Students can be slower, struggle to comprehend demands and complete tasks in an organized way SOURCE: Marianne Mooney and Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, Literacy, Employment and Youth with Learning disabilities Sept 2010 Workplace Skills In the 1990s, several initiatives attempted to classify the types of skills needed to succeed in the workplace and adult life. Included among these efforts were the 1991 Secretary of Labors Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) and the Equipped for the Future Framework

(EFF), which was the result of a 10-year initiative by the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). The NIFL effort is the most holistic in that it addresses some key foundational hard skills, specifically reading, writing, and math skills along with the important soft skills needed not only in the workplace but as members of families and society. Communication Skills Reading with comprehension Writing down ideas Speaking to others Listening with understanding Observing

SOURCE: Helping youth develop soft skills for Success Navigating the road to work NCWD Workplace Skills Interpersonal Skills Negotiating with co-workers Advocacy Cooperation Willingness Flexibility Decision Making Skills Problem solving Planning

Restructuring day When/where to reach when stuck SOURCE: Helping youth develop soft skills for Success Navigating the road to work NCWD How Can Families Help? Encourage your child to have conversations with family and friends Ask your child if they understand what you are saying Increase number of directions to

multi-step Help youth through challenging situations Talk about their favorite TV shows Talk about their hobbies Behaviors for Families to Strengthen Shake

hands Encourage them to use their words. Encourage chores Let them assist with meals, cleanup Let child visit your workplace Give them responsibilities Have Questions? Contact Us! Joanne Delangelo, Director Community Based Training [email protected]

Mary Beth Cournoyer, Family Navigators Coordinator [email protected]

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