Tips to help find employment1-3

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Identify interests and strengths.

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Talk to your career’s advisor and teachers.

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Set a clear, realistic goal.
Goals can be specific (e.g. find a part-time job for summer) or general (e.g. learn a trade), then break it down into smaller, achievable goals (e.g. write a resumé, enrol in TAFE) 

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Contact agencies and services that specialise in helping people prepare for and find work. Many can be found here.

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Learn specific skills.
Experience in practical, social and organisational skills can be developed through:

  • a university or technical and further education (TAFE) course
  • a vocational education and training (VET) course
  • a training program run by a disability support agency
  • a self-employment support service
  • work experience, volunteer work or an internship
  • a club or other organised activity
  • support and advice from a mentor
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Ask for help writing a resumé and job applications.

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Practice job interviewing.

  • Learn non-verbal communication like handshakes, smiles and eye contact
  • Do practice interviews with people outside your immediate family
  • Prepare some standard responses to common interview questions
  • Research on employers and prepare questions
References
  1. NDIS. Thinking about work. https://www.ndis.gov.au/participants/finding-keeping-and-changing-jobs/thinking-about-work. Accessed: April 2020.
  2. Department of Social Services. Disability Employment Services. https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/disability-and-carers/programmes-services/disability-employment-services. Accessed: April 2020.
  3. Raising Children Network. Jobs and employment: teenagers with disability, ASD and other additional needs. https://raisingchildren.net.au/autism/school-play-work/work/employment-teens-with-additional-needs. Accessed: April 2020.