Published: February 23, 2017
Bridgewell Career Specialists Ashley Smallwood and Marc Jamieson presented at two recent conferences.
Photo courtesy of Quinn Barbour/Institute for Community Inclusion.
Last November, Ashley and Marc presented their workshop “Career Planning and Assessment as a Foundation for Job Development” at the Building on Success: Expanding Employment Opportunities conference hosted by the Department of Developmental Services, in partnership with the Institute for Community Inclusion/UMass Boston.
Their workshop focused on the best practices of interest and skill assessments when assisting individuals in obtaining competitive employment. The main focus was on learning about the job seeker as a whole person to find a lasting career path that is well suited to their interests, skills, and career vision.
They also discussed how to involve the job seeker’s support system in career planning. The workshop focused on finding job placements for clients will all abilities, however, also discussed the unique set of challenges for job seekers on the autism spectrum, and techniques for working with them.
Ashley and Marc also shared successful client stories and job placements at the All Partners Meeting for the North Suburban Employment Collaborate in December.
The North Suburban Employment Collaborative (NSEC) is a partnership between service providers, government agencies, workforce development entities, and employers working towards one common goal – to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
NSEC works with employers across North Suburban Massachusetts to connect them with a largely untapped market of qualified job candidates. Job candidates have a range of interests, skills, and level of education, but all share one common trait – the commitment and desire to enter the workforce and contribute positively to a local employer.