Career Planning

Exploring and discovering the type of job that is the best fit for you and then making a plan to bring that idea into reality is a challenge for everyone. Here at Community Involvement Programs (CIP) we provide services to support adults with disabilities as they define the career path that’s right for them. There are many approaches that can be taken to facilitate career discovery and planning, and you can explore our primary approaches below.

Customized Discovery Approaches

Community Involvement Programs uses a person-centered approach to create lasting, satisfying, employment. Our customized discovery approach utilizes tools that make sense for each individual job seeker including, but not limited to, the various stages of Discovering Personal GeniusTM (DPG).

Techniques that may be employed during the initial assessment period include conducting in-depth listening sessions with the individual and others who know the individual, creating neighborhood maps, tapping into the social capital of the individual and the support team, and observing the individual in a variety of environments in an effort to verify skills. From this information, our Employment consultants determine the conditions of employment that are ideal for the individual (e.g. environment, number of hours, wages, etc.).

Employment Consultants may also use DPGTM tools to develop Vocational ThemesTM for each individual, focusing on strengths, skills, supports, and contributions. Vocational ThemesTM can be used to develop lists of potential businesses that have a connection or relationship to those themes. The goal of Community Involvement Programs’ customized discovery process is to facilitate connections between the individuals with whom they are working and business owners/operators and will ultimately lead to customized employment opportunities that make sense for the individual.

Discovering Personal Genius and Vocational Themes are trademarked strategies of Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC

Career Planning

The Individual Career Planning process is a more traditional approach that consists of collecting and analyzing information from the individual, family members, residential providers, friends, former teachers, co-workers and others who know the person well. The information is then compiled to create a profile for the individual which provides us with the foundation to begin the job development process.

Career planning may also include traditional approaches such as building a resume, writing letters of introduction, strengthening interview skills, and learning about work-related behaviors that help employees to be successful once they are working.

Ready to take the next step?

Contact Melissa Rosewall, Employment Manager (Employment Services – DTH & SES), at 612.481.0445 (cell) or 612.353.4595 x 106 (office) or mrosewall@cipmn.org. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.