For people with disabilities, a good job can provide a sense of accomplishment, a boost to self-esteem, and training in important skills such as time management and organization. Unfortunately, people with disabilities face a unique set of challenges when trying to find jobs. To address these challenges, Student Access Center and Career and Employment Services are working together to create the Empower Cats program. This program is designed to help K-State students with disabilities explore strategies to improve their chances at finding a successful job, whether it be a part time job while in college or a full time job after graduating. We have developed a four-session workshop that will:
- Aid students in identifying their unique skills and strengths and show them how these can be used in the workplace.
- Show students how to design a job search that focuses on their skills and strengths.
- Guide students in developing strategies for interviewing and for deciding when to disclose their disability to employers.
- Educate students on their workplace rights as a person with a disability and the kinds of accommodations that can be requested in the workplace.
Workforce Recruitment Program
We participate each year in the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), a government program which interviews people with disabilities who are current college students or recent college graduates and enrolls them in a nationwide work recruitment database. WRP staff will interview interested students each fall semester. Student Access Center and Career and Employment Services staff will work with students to complete a resume and practice interviewing skills prior to the WRP interview.
Entry Point is a program from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that helps students with disabilities to find paid internships in STEM fields. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen with a disability (apparent or non-apparent). You must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applications are accepted starting each September and are sent to companies or government agencies starting in October, but applications are still accepted after this point.