October is disability employment awareness month. I will try then to give a book talk where I sell copies of the memoir and talk about finding the career you love.
I once helped a guy in a wheelchair who wanted to get a job. The impressive thing was not only was he in a chair he was new to America. I thought: what a great attitude to think you could work at a job even though you use a chair.
This impressed me to no end that some people who could walk on their own two feet are lazy *sses and this guy was ready to rock.
Isn’t there a Soul Asylum song about a person in a wheelchair? About a person in a chair who has so much more to do with their life and doesn’t care about the chair? I think it’s the lyrics to “Black Gold.” Google it if you want to read the lyrics.
I was trained to help people with disabilities do career searches three years ago in October. I will tell you now: a research study indicates 42 percent of employers look favorably on a resume when the person lists a volunteer position if they have no paid employment or have an employment gap between jobs.
On September 30 I will be stepping down from my Health Guide position at HealthCentral. I might freelance there instead or freelance elsewhere. In the nine years I was employed at HealthCentral I wrote at least 11 news articles about how to search for a job and other aspects of conducting a career search.
In October at HealthCentral if I’m able and in this blog if not at HealthCentral: I will detail the research about how individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia who haven’t ever been employed can best take steps to find a job. Research has been done about this and was reported on in the April 2015 Current Psychiatry journal.
Stay tuned for some illuminating blog entries in October.