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  1. “We empower kids to find and pursue their own education and career path, and provide them with the support and tools they need to get there,” said Jean Eddy, CEO of American Student Assistance (ASA). ASA, like KnowledgeWorks, Strada, Lumina, and College Spark, was launched as an impact investor after selling a portfolio of student loans. The Boston nonprofit spent the last two years reinventing how they approach young people -- committing to helping students know themselves, know their options, and make informed choices. ASA creates innovative products and partnerships that deliver impact to young people in Massachusetts and beyond. Their new website is full of student videos aimed at students in middle and early high school grades. Partner districts are piloting a nine week exploration course for middle school students. The goal is to make them aware of all the educational and career possibilities available and help them begin exploring those options. For high school students, ASA provides tools for postsecondary planning and operates college planning centers. ASA partners with organizations locally and nationally including Boston Boys & Girls Club, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Red Sox Foundation and school districts.
  2. TSBVI Career Education Mission Statement The Career Education Department of TSBVI provides learning opportunities that are experientially based, academically supported, and realistically focused on student's strengths and goal areas. Students explore a variety of occupational clusters during which they are assessed with regard to work behaviors, skills, and interest. Independent living skills, such as money management, transportation issues, grooming and hygiene, problem solving, and goal setting are integrated and stressed throughout the career education experience. SCANS competencies are infused and documented throughout a student's program. Transition planning includes working with students and their parents, local school districts, and Texas Commission for the Blind caseworkers who analyze the local labor market and potential resources which might include further technical training. The expected outcome is that students will be prepared to enter the job market with the ability to demonstrate good work habits, set realistic goals, demonstrate basic SCANS skills, and enter the job market with specific skills training in various job clusters. Philosophy At the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, we believe: All students who are visually impaired have the right to a meaningful educational experience which will enable them to serve as contributing members of society and lead fulfilling lives. An essential component of a meaningful educational experience is career education. Career education can be defined as the knowledge, skills and attitudes which prepare students to function successfully as contributing members of society. All students have the right to participate fully in decisions regarding their career education. A comprehensive career education program must include both general career development skills and specific occupational skills as needed by individual students. Career Education Department Student Oriented Goals Explore adaptive equipment for job adaptations. Provide our students with knowledge and experiences, education, and services to help them to identify and access strong post-graduation services. Return students to home school before they graduate with concrete plans regarding where they will work, live, and play. Provide opportunities for students and staff that incorporate best practices such as SCANS skills, integrated thematic instruction, and integrated academics. Teach transportation use options that utilize the students' mobility skills in the most independent, logical and safe travel methods possible. When determined to be in the best interest of a student's success at an eventual worksite, develop and implement more skill specific training before community placement. Design and implement a process wherein the students evaluate the Career Education Program and its staff. Design and implement full-fledged career pathways, some of which may include certification options for students. Students' portfolios will belong to the students when they exit TSBVI. The Community-Based Vocational Education Approach to Productive Employment for Students with Disabilities Community-based vocational education (CBVE) is an effective approach to employment preparation for students with visual impairments. Traditionally, students have received classroom instruction with little or no actual work experience. CBVE delivers career education and training on community work settings. Students aged 14 years or older initially engage in nonpaid career assessment and training experiences to identify their career interests, assess their skills and training needs, and develop the skills and attitudes necessary for paid employment. After such instruction, students engage in cooperative work experiences for which they are paid. Here at the school we have three components to the community-based vocational education approach: work assessment, work training, and cooperative work. Students often progress sequentially through all three components. However, some students may participate in only one component before moving to cooperative paid work, depending on their instructional needs. (Adapted from the Handbook for Implementing Community-Based Vocational Education Programs According to the Fair Labor Standards Act.) Work Assessment The work assessment component helps determine individual training objectives for student with disability. In this Community Based Vocational Education (CBVE) component, the student undertakes works assignments in various business settings under the direct supervision of school personnel and employees. Assessment data are systematically collected concerning the student's interest, aptitudes, special needs, learning styles, work habits and behavior, personal and social skills, values and attitudes toward work, and work tolerance. The student rotates among various work settings corresponding to the student's range of employment preferences as situational assessments are completed by school personnel and assessment site employees. As result, students select work settings in which they can best pursue career or occupational areas matching their interests and aptitudes. Future training objectives are matched with these selections. These training objectives become part of the student's subsequent IEP. Work Training The work training component of Community Based Vocational Education places the student in various employment settings for work experiences. The student, parents, and school personnel develop detailed, written training plan, which includes the competencies to be acquired, method(s) of instruction, and procedures for evaluating the training experience. Training is closely supervised by representative of the school or designated employee/supervisor. The purpose of this component is to enable students to develop the competencies and behavior needed to secure paid employment. As the student reaches the training objectives in particular employment setting, the student moves to other employment environments where additional or related learning, or reinforcement of current competencies and behavior can occur. Cooperative Work/Vocational Education Cooperative vocational education consists of an arrangement between the school and an employer in which each contributes to the student's education and employability in designated ways. The student is paid for work performed in the employment setting. The student may receive payment from the employer, from the school's cooperative vocational program, from another employment program operating in the community such as those supported by the Job Training Partnership Act, or combination of these. The student is paid the same wage as non-disabled employees performing the same work. In some instances, arrangements are made by the school and employer through the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to pay lower wage based on comparable performance. The school and employer reach written agreement before the student enters the cooperative vocational education component. This agreement includes clear stipulation of the student's wages and benefits. This agreement may also include follow-along services to ensure the student adjusts to the work assignments and improves performance and productivity over time. Students may engage in more than one cooperative vocational education placement as part of their special education experience during school. For more information about Career Education contact Tad Doezema at or by phone at 512-206-9457.
  3. If you are in your 50s, it's too late to think of changing careers or —worse — getting back into the workforce after retiring from your full-time job, they say. Oh, really? As Next Avenue’s Kerry Hannon recently wrote, a University of Michigan study says “about 40% of Americans who were still working when they turned 62 had moved to a new occupation sometime after age 55.” On top of that, we all remember The Intern with Robert De Niro, whose experience and life skills (albeit fictional) helped him compete with young workers and succeed. Then there are all those stories about people like 52-year-old Mary who gives up a lawyer career and becomes a gardener. You read them and believe you can do something similar. But all those ugly myths about changing careers in your 50s prevent you from taking the first step toward your better and happier future. It’s time for a debunking. Myth No. 1: It's Too Late to Switch Careers It is not. Haven’t you read those articles about people who became millionaires after 50 or men and women who proved it was never too late for a career change? Take Ray Kroc, a milkshake device salesman who built McDonald’s into the world's biggest fast food franchise when he was 52. (Watch The Founder to learn all about it.) Or Grandma Moses who was 76 when she cranked out her first canvas. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reports that people ages 55 to 64 now represent 29% of America’s entrepreneurs. Myth No. 2: It's Embarrassing Yes, you can be full of doubt if you can’t forgive yourself for being in your 50s and unsure about what you want from your career. You may think it's awkward and even embarrassing. How wrong you are! Until the age of 65, Harland Sanders didn't hold a steady job. He then took $105 from his Social Security benefits and started a business everybody knows as KFC today. Simply accept the fact you are constantly changing: the jobs you found interesting at 25 may seem awful and boring at 50. Your abilities and interests change, too. That’s normal. It’s your life. And no career myth should keep you from living it to the max. Myth No. 3: You Won't Get Hired or Be Able to Start a Business Nicole Maestas, a Harvard Medical School professor who has worked on numerous research papers tracking people 50+ over decades, told The Wall Street Journal: “The labor-demand study simply shows that when there is a shortage of skilled workers, older workers get jobs.” And people on Quora, the user-generated question-and-answer site, agree that people 50+ can start businesses and become successful. Here’s what two of them say: “It's never too late to empower yourself (regardless of what your current boss or coworkers tell you).” - Vidas Pinkevicius “Of course you can. You deserve that happiness. You start slow with a night class or two and then you build on that. Don’t listen to the naysayers. They will come out of the woodwork and literally fall from the skies." - Tricia Labrie Myth No. 4: You’ll Need to Work Part-Time Not necessarily. A growing number of organizations debunk the myth about the inability of people over 50 to cope with tasks demanded of full-time workers. Companies like MetLife, Regeneron, PwC and others have internships for older workers. And some companies, such as Barclays, are specifically planning to increase the percentage of older workers they have. Myth No. 5: You Won't Be Able to Compete With Younger Applicants False! In fact, Matthew Rutledge, a research economist at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, believes that some older applicants may even look better to employers because of their experience. The key is to keep your work and tech skills up-to-date, your energy high and your attitude positive.
  4. 4. Assume Full Responsibility for Your Life One difference between mediocre and successful professionals: responsibility. Even though you know the concept, you may not apply it every day. Whenever something bad happens, you need to assume it. Even if you haven't done anything wrong, being there, the previous choices you've made (like trusting someone), these are still all factors which have been influenced by your thoughts and actions. Start assuming responsibility for all of your actions and never blame anyone for your mistakes. That's the worst thing someone can do. Do not take things personally, and be calm. 5. Always Raise Your Standards Here's another critical factor which differentiates the successful from the non-successful. Your standards influence the way you think, believe, and behave. If your standards are high, you'll never be satisfied with less than you can accomplish. People with high standards are most of the times more successful than the average. Every two or three months take a moment to reflect upon your standards and values. Try to improve them bit by bit up until you realize that you've become the best version of yourself. 6. Brand Yourself Branding is very important nowadays. Big companies are spending hundreds of millions in order to establish themselves as the "big dogs" in the marketplace. It is an old business strategy used by almost every professional company. Your branding is your image in the marketplace. Professional employees should brand their names and services and constantly improve it. You can do that by starting a blog, creating a professional social media profile, or simply by providing awesome services. 7. Network -- A LOT Networking is all about opportunities and connections. When you meet new people, you basically get a chance to use their skills to your advantage. Of course, you must also give back something: your services, your knowledge, your money. Successful people always network and create those life-lasting profitable relationships. Start by creating social media profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. These three specific networks are the best choices when it comes to this type of activity. You'll find lots of opportunities and career choices along the way. LinkedIn, for example, is filled with business professionals that are branding their companies and also networking in the same time. Twitter is also very used in these matters, and Facebook... Facebook is good for everything, including networking. Conclusion Building a successful career takes time, effort, and patience. If you're willing to sacrifice some free time and you're willing to get out of your comfort zone, you will succeed. It's not that hard, honestly. It just takes courage and commitment to follow everything that you've targeted.
  5. Having a successful career will offer you a lot of benefits and real profitable opportunities. As we live in a world governed by social status and money, working your way up to the top will definitely improve your quality of life. There are many possible reasons for which an individual would desire success. I guess one of the reasons is that maybe by being successful in your professional life makes you feel better among other people. It offers you a feeling of security and accomplishment. Many people who went from zero to a successful career have reported that their lives were improved in almost all the aspects. There are certain habits and activities that successful people from all over the world do. The best way of approaching success is by following and figuring out what are the strategies that professionals use, and model them according to your needs. The follwoing seven working strategies will give you enough boosts to improve your career. 1. Identify with Your Goals Before even considering following a career route, you must get to know yourself. A big majority of people go through life by following a well-established pattern. The sad part is, they don't even like what they do or they just don't really realize how many other things they could do. In order to avoid this awful happening, you need to identify what are your biggest rational wishes. Then, start going deeper and make an in-depth introspection in which you should think about the connection between your inner desires and your rational goals. They have to match. Otherwise, you will not be truly fulfilled with your professional life. Identifying with your goals takes some time and effort, but it is a truly important process in any successful person's journey. 2. Build a Professional Resume Your resume is basically your way of saying "I'm good at this, good at that, and I can help by doing this and that". Well, that is why you should create a professional, neat resume. By taking care of this aspect, you are making sure that you'll never be caught off guard. Opportunities are everywhere, and you should always be ready with a quality resume. I believe that letting professionals deal with your resume is a productive choice. There are some amazing services like Careers Booster or VisualCV that can take care of your problem. They can help you to create a classic or an impressive visual resume. 3. Become Aware of Your Strengths Awareness is an essential key to personal improvement. By being aware of your inner thoughts, your strengths, your desires, and your disadvantages, you can adapt your life to whatever conditions you're being put through. You'll also get many benefits as you can leverage your knowledge and wisdom for the best purposes. It's better if you choose your long term profession according to what you know about yourself. Are you a patient person? Would you be able to sit eight to twelve hours in an office working on a computer? Or you'd rather be a football coach because you're truly passionate about football and you believe you could be an efficient trainer? No matter your strengths and disadvantages, you should choose a career path that advantages your traits and qualities.
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