Disability Program Navigator
(Female, Age 35) from Mesa, AZ
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At a Glance
Basic data on your current job
|Job Title||Disability Program Navigator|
|Other Compensation||None Set|
|Company Size||(not answered)|
|Years Experience||2 years|
Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)
|Years in Career||0|
|Income Rating||0 / 10|
|Interest Rating||0 / 10|
|Work-Life Rating||0 / 10|
|Fulfilment Rating||0 / 10|
Current job Q&A
Describe the type of organization you work for.
Government, Capacity Building, Information and Referall, Outreach and Education, Service Collabration.I am there in a One Stop Employment Center as a role to serve the disabled population. My role is to education staff, community and job seekers on disability related issues. I work on educating the community on services available in one stops and the inclusion of people with disabilities. I educate and Navigate the job seeker on resources in the community that could support them on their needs.
Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I serve on boards , commissions, organizations and work with community tasksboards to assist with systematic change for people with disabilities. I do presentations in the community to ensure education on workforce development for a person with disability. I provide training to one stop center staff and community agencies.
Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
State retirement, annual leave and sick leave , health insurance , dental, vision
Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
My whole job is about working with people and my job is regarding supporting agencies, departments, and jobseekers to ensure they receive what they need.
Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Yes, we are all at different sites my co-workers and I email and we connect on staff meetings .
Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 5
The Actual Work: 1
Table of Contents
How you got your job
How did you get your current job?
What was the application process?
Submitted resumes, Six contacts called the supervisor, applied online, work with Vocational Rehab
Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
1 interview , mY supervisor Dpn lead , individual interview
If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Tell me about your job history? Name six independent living centers? Name at least 20 disability agencies.
Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, he took job shadowing in other counties to see how others do their job
Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Hands on training, a large book on access for all in workforce development, and cd’s from various conferences, also a technical assistance website for Dpn’s to to learn resources and tools
Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
No I feel my job experience and my personality prepared me for this job.
If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Volunteerism and interniships help in my job.
If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
To research and become educated on resources, the community, have a large understanding of all disability. If you have a disability learn about advocacay and self education of your needs , accomodations and desires.
What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Networking, communication, social skills, organizations, patience, empathy, planning,partnerships, relationships building
Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Marketing, customer service, Bachelor’s , understanding of Disability issues and needs
What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Be strong, passionate, compassionate, relationship building, patience , empathy, partnerships. Research on disabilities.
Long-term career plans
Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, but I would like to focus all on outreach and marketing.
What are your current career goals?
I would like to pursue my career in Marketing. I would like to write my self help books, public speak at workshops, and be a keynote speaker, start a music, perfume, clothing and shoe line .
Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
I am a magician and I am ready to wave my wand and bring to the next level. I am a Disability specialist and I am ready to take it into the corporate level.
Prior work history
Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:
|Prior Job 1||Community Relations||4 years||28500||Director of Development , Program , social and recreation, partnerships, Volunteer Management, Community building, support staff for special events|
|Prior Job 2||americorps member||10 months||8000||Service to my community. Service to my host site, Planned events and programs for the mentally ill.|
Please list your educational background:
High School GPA:3
|Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
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