Tips for Workplace Success for the Adult Learner
- Know your learning style and how that style matches up with different jobs.
- Apply for job positions for which you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at the level required by the employer.
- Know your strengths and be able to describe them; present yourself as a capable individual who can competently perform the job.
- Pursue informational interviews and on-site visits in order to get a feel for different workplace environments and job tasks.
- Request and review job descriptions before applying for positions.
- Disclose learning disabilities to the personnel/human resources staff person after the job has been offered; do so in person (never over the phone) after you have accepted the job. Then make arrangements to speak with the job-site supervisor if and when necessary.
- At the time of disclosure, describe the strategies you have developed that assist you in performing job requirements and state workplace accommodations that can help you.
- Ask the supervisor for written job performance expectations what you will be required to learn and apply within the job setting.
- Ask for specific timelines for performance evaluations; be sure you understand when and how your performance will be evaluated.
- Know when and how to request appropriate accommodations.
- If accommodations are provided, establish an evaluation process through which you and your supervisor can review the effectiveness of the accommodations and the possibility of adjustments.
- Do not use your learning disability as an excuse for not doing your best.
Reprinted from: http://www.ldac-taac.ca/InDepth/employment_tips-e.asp