In Career Related Social Skills, second-year students begin the process of pulling together the essential information they’ve gathered in their first three semesters in preparation for the job hunt that will begin in their fourth and final semester.
“Students have opportunity to apply what they are learning through the semester in their internships and then report on it through a final portfolio,” said Aggies Elevated Program Director Sarah Bodily, who teaches the course. “The portfolio could come through any format they felt showed their skills.”
Some students created a web site using free tools like Wix, while others chose to create presentations instead. In addition to portfolio staples like resumes (in video and print form), photos or videos of the students at work, and personal statements, students picked three additional products to showcase in their portfolio.
“Many created PowerPoints explaining their disabilities and how it affects them in work, checklists to help them be more productive, or videos to review social skills that they want to work on,” Bodily said.
Aggies Elevated at Utah State University believes that all individuals, regardless of ability, have the right to meaningful employment, lifelong learning, self-determination and full community inclusion. Utilizing the MyCLIMB (My Career Ladder to Independence, Maturity & Balance) person-centered planning model, Aggies Elevated students, along with invited family members and/or other stakeholders, will chart their own paths toward independence within an individualized framework of supports that identifies challenges, builds on individual strengths and encourages personal responsibility.