Jasmine Keli'i & Aaron
The UCP Trainer Christina came to our class and gave us a demonstration on CPR. We practiced chest compressions on a manikin. It had lights that turned blue if we were pressing at the right speed and depth. She showed us how to use an Epi Pen and then we were able to practice with fake ones. Christina taught us PASS-Pull Aim Squeeze Sweep when using a fire extinguisher. She also taught us some basic first aid like when you need to call 911 for a cut. If you put 2 gauze pads on and the bleeding doesn't stop then call 911! Christina also showed us an AED unit that is used to administer an electric shock to the heart. These are often found in Airports, Malls, and Sports Centers. We really learned a lot from Christina and are very glad she visited out class!
Jasmine Keli'i & Aaron
We have been reviewing Personal Boundaries. Personal Boundaries include:
Ticket To Work
We have been learning about Social Security and The Ticket to Work Program. . The Program allows you to work part time and still keep your health benefits. You don't have a limit on how much you can earn the first 8 months of being in the Program. This way you can try out work and not be penalized. We went to the DB101 site so I could see how much money I make from work, how much cash benefit I get from social security, and that I would keep my medical benefit. If I work a part time job I will almost double my income while keeping my medical benefit. I also enjoyed talking about budgeting my money.
We have been learning about Networking. Networking is about meeting new people and making connections. It can be done many places such as a BBQ's, Church, Job Fairs, and social media. You can use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets to network as well. We also researched groups in Tucson that focus on Networking. They meet twice a month and get together to discuss various topics that they all have interest in. Workability is going to start a Networking Support Group for job seekers. It will be a place to talk to other job seekers about what has been working and not working for them. We will be practicing more networking at an upcoming job fair.
Today we went to the job fair this morning at Brookline College. We dressed professionally and we talked to different people from various Companies. I spoke to the lady from Sears. She told me about a job in Customer Service where you use a computer and help people on the phone. She said the computer part is pretty simple and they train you on what to say. I might like a job like that. We introduced ourselves by shaking hands, giving them eye contact, smiling, and standing up straight. Most people explained about their hiring process and what the job tasks look like. I asked what their favorite part of working for their Company is. I brought copies of my resume to give out as well. I enjoyed the Job Fair even though it was pretty crowded. I also got to see some people I knew at a different program. It was a great morning!
Today we did Mock Interviews. I have been practicing answering the questions by writing them out. Then I read them out loud and try to memorize my answer. It is helping me build confidence and not be so nervous. I am learning to use the STAR Method which is:
It takes practice to use a lot of description in your responses, but keep trying and you will do great!
Today we went on a bus trip to learn how to use the public bus. We went from Workability to the Ronstadt Center downtown. Our first stop was the Transportation Museum. They have interactive displays so we got to listen to stories, see model trains, and use a telegraph machine. They had lots of small items on display that were used on the old trains like sets of dishes, signs, and different items conductors were given for years of service. The train car cuff links were pretty cool. We got to go on the Locomotive and see where the conductor would drive the train. Then we went to Empire Pizza. Our server was super nice and friendly and even gave us a free slice of pizza and a cookie! Then we went to the Library area and rested for a bit. We were pretty tired by then so we went back to the Bus station to catch our ride back to Workability. We had a great time and riding the bus is pretty easy.
Aaron, Jasmine, and Keli'i
THE GARDEN KITCHEN
Today we visited the Garden Kitchen. We looked at plants that were grown from seeds. We saw a lot of tomatoes, basil, and bush beans. We also saw different varieties of mint like Lemon, Chocolate, and Apple Sage. We got a sample to smell and our Instructor made a cup of tea with the leaves that were left over! We also saw Grape vines with tiny grapes growing on them. They have some fruit trees as well like Apple, Orange, Fig, and an ornamental pomegranate. One of the Volunteers took us around the garden and told us about the different plants and then offered us a plant to take home. I chose a tomato plant that my instructor will be growing for me. I’ll let you know if we get any tomatoes! Eating fresh vegetables from your own garden is very healthy!
Criticism, Praise, and Feedback
Today we talked about Criticism, Praise, and Feedback. Constructive criticism also known as feedback lets a person know what they are doing well, what they need to improve on, and ends with something positive. Criticism just tells someone what they did wrong, makes them feel bad, and doesn't let them know what they are doing well. Praise is letting someone know what they are doing well and it makes them feel great. I have been practicing giving feedback so that when I get my job I will know what to do.
Personal Boundaries and Communication
Today we learned about Personal Boundaries and Boundaries in Communication. Personal boundaries help to protect ourselves. It is when we need to say no. Like if a friend asks us to stay out late when we have to go to work early the next day. Boundaries in communication is about who we should share what with. Like telling your family personal stuff but not strangers or your co-workers. We talked about what stuff is ok to share with the different groups of people in your like like your family, friends, community members, and professionals.
These posts are written by the students of the Employment Workshop Series.