Motivation is the key to a successful job search. So what does that mean for your young adult with a disability? For starters, if he or she is not motivated to work, it’s going to be a long and tough road to get to a first paycheck and to being a productive member of the community. Many young adults with disabilities have experienced years of low expectations and coddling in which everything has been done for them. The end result is an unmotivated adulthood in which they struggle to achieve independence through employment. So how to motivate that young adult in the job search? Here are a few ideas:
Be the Example If your young adult sees you setting and reaching professional goals, he will be more likely to follow your lead. Talk to him about your achievements at work, what you currently struggle with or how you’ve handled a work challenge. Seeing that you get up each day and do your work may be the example that he needs to get started.
No More Easy Money Young adults need money. Period. If you give it to him, he will never need to work for it. His desire for that new gadget or restaurant meal could be the incentive he needs to motivate himself to search for a job. Perhaps you can make that money as an incentive for reaching a goal in the search. For example, if he submits a certain number of applications, or finishes a draft of his resume, he receives a small monetary payment. These little successes, tied to money, may help him see the purpose of the process.
Find an Employment Specialist Employment Specialists can help! Search’s employment team is ready to help your adult child along every step of the way to a successful job. We start by assessing an individual’s skills and interests. We then work together to locate a qualifying job and assist with the application and interview process. Once hired, we provide on-the-job coaching to ensure the job is a success by helping your child build the confidence to do the job independently. All you need to qualify for our services is the motivation to work! Click here to learn more about Search’s employment services!
About the Author:
Nicole Heimdal is an experienced Employment Manager who, alongside her team of Employment Specialists and Trainers, aids individuals with developmental disabilities in bettering themselves as they strive to obtain independence through full-time work. If you have a disability-aware topic you’d like Nicole to write about in the future, email your suggestion to: firstname.lastname@example.org.