Personal Development: Filling out job applications and interviewing skills

Hi Blog world,

This past week I learned about how to fill out job applications and about resumes. Since I’ve been looking for a job for a year I felt like this part of the class was like a review. Even though I already have a resume, my case worker looked  it over. I am glad that she did this because I found out that having an objective on my resume would help my resume look more professional. I also set up an appointment with career services and that meeting went fine, and I found it very helpful when it came to getting feedback on how to write objectives.

I also learned about important interviewing skills. One in particular was how to disclose my disability. I feel awkward talking about my disability to an employer. Sometimes its hard to answer the questions they may have about my disability or questions they may have about my equipment.  Another issue that we talked about was the use of my white cane and if I should use it during my job interview. All in all, I learned that I have to do what’s best for me, and that its better to disclose your disability to an employer so that way everyone will be on the same page.

Another topic we discussed is how I feel about having a disability. Personally, I have mixed feeling about having a disability. This is because I was told, I was in late primary school, about my disability. I have also had to learn how to deal with the experiences, both negative and positive, about having a disability.  To me it’s about learning how to accept  my disability. This is one of the ways I can reach my goal of being happy.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

Personal Development: Personal and professional skills-problem solving and professionalism

Hi Blog world,

This past week I learned about personal and professional skills: problem solving and what it means to be professional.

The personal and professional skills class talked about how we all communicate in different ways and how it is different among the people around us, such as our friends, family and in our professional life. I also learned about how to be enthusiastic during the job search and how to continue showing your enthusiasm while your on the job.

Our second lesson was on problem solving and professionalism. To me, I feel like I learned that problem solving can have different meaning while your on the job, for example, working on how to get something fixed on your own, or how to work  with a co-worker. I feel like this skill relates back to one of our earliest lesson of being a team player and getting to certain goals. I feel like another value that had I learned about with problem solving is learning to slow down and think things through before you make a decisions.This is a goal that I would personal like to work on for myself. I also learned that having professionalism and being enthusiastic can help you do your best while on the job.

The lesson on professionalism was a long one. My teacher was using this lesson to help me understand that its important to work hard and to do the tasks that are assigned to you.

All in all, I feel like all these skills I have learned so far can also be used to better myself in my personal life.

Blog Soon,

Amanda Gene

Personal Development: a pre-employment class

Hi Blog world,

This past week I attended my first pre-employment  class. The reason I am taking this class to help me gain knowledge and skills that I will need to help me be successful with my career.  My first lesson was on learning styles and how these styles can be used in the job setting and during teamwork projects. I learned that I am an auditory, visual and sometimes tactical learner.

The second lesson was on setting goals. To be honest, I think that this is one of my weakness. I really have been struggling with setting goals this past year. However, having this goal setting lesson presented in a different way has made me realize that I can set and achieve goals.  This has also helped me have a clearer picture of what I want my future to look like.

I am looking forward to the other lessons in this class, and the skills and knowledge that I am going to be gaining from it.

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

My goals for 2015: Breaking down the wall of fear!

Hi Blog world,

As the title says, this year I want to break down the wall of fear. Last week, my friend had me write down a list of my fears. There are three pages. Some of them, like the fear of needles, are small. Like my friend pointed out, getting a blood test only takes about 10 minutes, and I shouldn’t worry about it until it happens.

She also had me write down a bucket list of things I would like to accomplish during my lifetime. Some of these goals are going to have to be modified so I can reach them.  I know that each fear can be overcome to equal success. Even if it’s going to take time to do that. The same for the goals that I want to achieve during my lifetime.

So, what are some goals or fears would you like to accomplish or overcome this year? Tell me in the comments below!

Here’s to a great 2015!

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

Wobbly Wednesday Follow up….

Hi Blog world,

Yesterday, November 5, was Wobbly Wednesday and in honor of that day I was going to blog a Q and A session. So here’s three common question I get from people…..

1. What is your vision like? It’s kinda hard to explain so I use this analogy, It’s like looking through a piece of Saran wrap. It’s blurry, and as the day goes on I lose the “Good” vision I have.

2. Can you see color? Yes, I can. But some colors are harder to see than others. The colors I struggle with the most are yellow and green, particularly if they are on a white back ground; this made going to school difficult for me because I had to remind my teachers to not to use those colors and to use something darker, like black, so I could see what they were writing.

3. You don’t look visually impaired.. So how can you be? This is the question that hurts me the most. Even though I don’t look like I’m visually impaired, the fact is, I do have an eye condition that makes it hard to see and the result is I do have a visual impairment that makes some daily task difficult to do, and the fact that I’m not going to be able to drive.

If you have any additional questions or comments feel free to leave them down below….

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Wobbly Wednesday: Ask me a question….

Hi Blog World,

Today is Wobbly Wednesday.  For this day, I’m doing a Q and A session about my life with Nystagmus, but I can’t do it without questions….So go ahead don’t be shy, and ask me any questions that you may have about this condition and how it can affect my daily life. Ask your questions either down in the comment section below, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

To ask your question on Twitter you can find me at: @AmandaGeneN

To post your question on Facebook you can find me at:https://www.facebook.com/AmandaGenesBlog/#

I’m eager to answer your questions, so don’t be shy and ask away!

Blog  soon,

Amanda Gene

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