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Supported Employment Success

Mark is a 35 year old man who has worked with NHS for years. When he became involved with Supported Employment (SE), Mark was working an hour or two a week. His initial goal with the SE specialist was to work towards achieving his GED. Mark felt this was very important and would ultimately help him in gaining competitive employment.

Mark met this goal and began his job search quickly after. Mark discussed how to use his likes and strengths to find a job that he could be successful in. He stated physical activity and room to cross train as important factors for him. Within the first contact, the SE specialist shared with Mark that Lowes was hiring for an “Unload Associate” on a part time basis. Mark filled out the application that day, with support, to ensure that he understood all the wording. Mark had an interview the next week.

He utilized supported employment to prepare for the interview and to discuss appropriate questions he could ask and how he might answer questions directed at him. Mark then attended the interview independently. He was hired and began work soon after. Since starting this position at Lowes, Mark continues to meet with the supported employment specialist weekly to discuss interpersonal skills and how to approach co-workers or supervisors as well as how to accept constructive criticism. Mark also discusses his successes in his week to week work.

Mark has successfully been employed for 5 months and is working 20 to 25 hours a week. He enjoys the physical aspects of his job and is working on building friendships with his co-workers. Mark is also excited about the future of this job as he learns more tasks and expands his knowledge within the company.

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