Knowing how to speak with your supervisor, ask questions, and follow directions are so-called “soft skills” that can make a difference when finding and keeping a job in today’s competitive market. One of the newest JF&CS programs, Pathways to Employment, helps adults with disabilities acquire the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

“We know through our experience and research that employers are looking for soft skills. They’re looking at the person – can they work well with others, be flexible, communicate effectively with their co-workers, manage their time,” said Sue Stellick, Director, Day Programs. “Friendliness can make the difference when choosing between two job candidates.”

With the financial support of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Pathways to Employment offers interactive classroom training, practice in the community, journaling, and feedback to groups of adults with disabilities who would like to enter the workplace. The program offers help at a time when the number of people with disabilities is higher than ever and workforce needs have changed dramatically.

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