On May 1st, the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) hosted their annual EmployAbility Expo at their administrative building in Doylestown.
The event drew over 100 Bucks County high school students with disabilities who were interested in practicing and developing the confidence, skills, and strategies they will need to obtain and retain employment in today’s economy.
The morning began with a motivational keynote speaker to set the tone, get the students to relax and focus so that they could each get the full benefit out of the Expo.
The interactive presentation stressed preparing and practicing with a takeaway message about making positives out negatives by turning them into a learning experience.
Breakout sessions were also offered to support and train the students in areas such as strategies on finding a job, professionalism, workplace etiquette, and how to create critical job documents such as résumés and portfolios.
Each student had the opportunity to participate in at least three practice job interviews with volunteer personnel from area businesses and organizations.
The students gained valuable hands-on experience on how to comport themselves in a professional manner while answering various standard questions.
Upon completion of each interview, the students were given immediate feedback on how well they did against a checklist that was provided to all of the interviewers.