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Career Story: Job Coach For Special Needs High School Students

Job Coach For Special Needs High School Students

Job Title: Job Coach For Special Needs High School Students

Type of Company: I work for a collaborative which is an extension of several local high schools.

Education: High school diploma and on-the-job training.

Previous Experience: I started as a duty aid and then applied for my current position.

Job Tasks: I provide step-by-step instruction to high school students with different learning styles. I'll break down the responsibilities of a position and help students to understand what it takes to complete the job we have been assigned to do: bagging at a local grocery store, for example, or working in a mail room of a local hospital.

As a job coach, I am required to have a 7D license, which allows me to transport the students assigned to me to their place of employment. Each morning we go over the rules that are common to any work place: how to greet people, making sure you have the equipment that is necessary to complete a job, reading the directions carefully and so on.

After we've finished our work on the job site, we return to the classroom and share what we have done for the day and go over the daily goal for each student. There are several other job coaches and students we share in this collective retrospective. At times we have to remind students that the goal for the day was not met and discuss ways we can we all work together to gain the skills needed to get the job done.

We also work on many social issues on any given day or job site.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is when a student has success at the job and can remember the duties of a job and possibly be hired for that job.

My least favorite part is the paper work that is required to evaluate the students. This is a very subject process and at times I have as many as three student to evaluate and work with simultaneously.

Job Tips: Have a very patient personality and be flexible.

Additional Thoughts: There are very many funny situations on any given day. The public is always watching when you are working with special need students. At times they think you're very strict with the students, while at others they think you are very kind.

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