Sunday, October 12, 2014

Job Interest Assessments


Since I have still been unable to locate a job site for my kids, and because finding a place that wants 15 extra people in their establishment working is quite difficult, we have decided to take a different approach this year, Job Interest Assessments. We will be doing this every other Monday and I really like how the first one went. I put the kids into four groups, three students per aide, and I take my two girls (who are the biggest handful). Each group had this worksheet shown, and were told to observe employees during our hour there. They were to write down on their worksheet (I had one writer per group) a job that they witnessed an employee doing. Well, the kids did a great job! They were encouraged to ask the employees what it was they were doing (if they didn't know), and we even learned a new work term! We then answered a few additional questions about the workplace. 

Back at school, while the kids were at lunch, I made 2 extra copies of each groups worksheets. In our afternoon class, I passed them back out to their groups and we listed all the jobs on the board that the kids observed and talked about each one. I was worried they would have a hard time coming up with 8, but there were so many they observed that it was not a problem. We then finished the worksheet with everyone answering the rest of the questions based on their preferences on their own worksheet.

 For the last question, we all got around my computer and went to Hobby Lobby's website. We found the link for "Careers" and following it. We read their introduction to working there and also found out they if you would like to apply for a job there, you will have to apply in person as they do not do online applications. 

I am really looking forward to doing more of these this year.
We have Winco and Subway Sandwich coming up in the next month and I can't wait to see how they do!

11 comments:

  1. Great assessment sheet. Would love a copy. Will you be sharing on your TPT store? I have a class of 9. I have 4/9 students actively participating in internships. One para accompanies as a job coach with 2 students. Walgreen's and Central Market have been great with flexibility and providing opportunities. I just picked up another site, Emeritus, a senior living home. I am having a challenge placing my low incident students. Some students may be able to use a switch to greet residences or tell jokes. Does anyone have other ideas? Thanks!

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  2. I sent you a copy! I love your work sites, I agree, it's hard to find meaningful opportunities for some of the kids. I'll ask one of our life skills teachers today and see if she has any ideas.

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  3. I can absolutely relate to the difficulty in finding job training sites for large groups. We are in NY and I have luckily found 2 wonderful businesses. A large grocery corporation (Shop Rite) and Wal*Mart. Both sites have been fabulous with my students and both sites hire individuals with job coaches as well. I hope that helps...

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  4. I haven't tried Walmart, hmmmmm. Our district is also having the businesses sign a liability from which is really scaring them!

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  5. Karen, I would also love a copy! I'd be happy to buy one on TPT if you plan on posting it. I teach a life skills class for students age 14-21, and we've do lots of job tours, job shadows, and volunteer work.

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  6. email me at empoweredbythem@aol.com and I will sent it to you!

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  7. This form is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. Would love a copy of this for my Life Skills class! My email is ekiser@rcps.org if you can send me a copy! Thanks so much, I get so much out of reading your blogs!

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  9. I love this! Would you be willing to share a copy? I am looking for transition materials to use for my high school kids. This stuff is great!
    safarimama2011@gmail.com

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  10. I love this! Would you be willing to share a copy? I am looking for transition materials to use for my high school kids. This stuff is great!
    safarimama2011@gmail.com

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