When finding the perfect job for a person who has sustained a traumatic brain injury, most speech therapists and vocational rehab counselors look at the person’s weaknesses so she can find a job that does not require these skills. This has been a common approach in vocational re-entry for years. Although it is important not to set up anyone with a TBI for failure, basing a job search on avoiding weaknesses is often a very limiting approach. I propose a better one: Look at people’s strengths and interests, and build the job from there.
Loss of a job and loss of income can be a major consequence of a brain injury. These blogs discuss options for work, readiness for work, and finding accommodations on the job.
The ability to work and the search for a job can be frustrating and demoralizing. By sharing their experiences, these blogs offer tips and strategies on whether or not to seek employment after a brain injury.
I have flexible hours, a great boss, and the satisfaction that I am making a difference in someone’s life. It sounds like the perfect job description, doesn’t it? It’s been a couple of years now, but when I started I hated it. It felt pointless. With little supervision, I tended to slack off. I complained to anyone who would listen that I was overqualified and that I had been so good at my old job. The truth is I only started to enjoy my work recently. It might be because I didn’t come into this position willingly. Let me explain.
Sitting across from my dad last Sunday at a local eatery, he shared something that caught my ear. “The principal of our elementary school was just fired,” he said as casually as if talking about the weather.
He went on to say that she had a recent skiing accident, hit her head, and was having trouble with her memory. Students names now escaped her. Teachers she had known and work with daily were also among the unremembered. And the town took action; action in the from of termination.
It’s still January, still the beginning of a new year. The time of year we all get a do-over. People make promises to start over: lose weight, exercise more, get that promotion, or spend more time with family. They make these promises because they choose to. They make them because they want to.