Guest Blog: Inspiring Employment

Today’s guest blog is by my good friend and colleague, Martyn Sibley:

I’ve been running my blog, Disability Horizons magazine and various eLearning projects for 5 years. Before this I worked for the disability charity Scope immediately after university. My consistent aim is to ‘inspire, inform and change’ the world on disability issues.

Today I would like to share with you an exciting project on employment.

‘Inspiring Employment’ is a 7 week long, free, online course for disabled people, their friends/families and professionals to understand the challenges, and opportunities, of employment for disabled people. The course provides a weekly email guide to video interviews with 13 global contributors. Plus there is a resources section on the main website.

There are 6 key modules:

  • Volunteering
  • The ideal job
  • Job hunting
  • On the job
  • Career progression
  • Self-employment

Inspiring Employment is for people who can work and can achieve amazing things in their careers, but who are finding many barriers in their way. This e-course showcases stories of disabled people starting out in their careers, to those in very prosperous jobs already. This is backed up with useful information on how to define personal ambitions, personal challenges and personal solutions.

No matter who you are, this course will provide you with insightful and practical guidance!

Personally it was one of the most demanding projects I have run, but I am glad to say it is the most rewarding. The e-course took me several months to plan, recruit the amazing contributors, video our interviews, video my introduction messages around London, edit them, add subtitle transcripts for deaf/hearing impaired people, research the links, write the website copy, write the weekly emails and work with Misfit-Inc on the web development.

The reason I chose employment for my first course has many facets. One is because working gave me financial independence to buy myself treats, socialise and travel. It gave me fulfilment and a reason to wake up everyday. It also gave me skills and experiences that are invaluable.

Conversely, I found employment difficult to find and often it impacted negatively on my energy, health and well being. This is why I included a module on self-employment to offer disabled people a flexible approach to work.

You can register by clicking on the link: http://ecourses.martynsibley.com/ie/

To advertise jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/employers/

To find jobs on Evenbreak go here – http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/jobs/

To make a donation to Evenbreak go here – https://localgiving.com/charity/evenbreak

 

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