Jamie Finds the Stepping Stones to Success

Jamie, a psychology graduate from Simon Fraser University (new window) , was a recent participant in the Employ-Ability program. She came to the Neil Squire Society with a very clear idea and focus in terms of which career she wanted to pursue. Jamie has had fibromyalgia (new window) since she was 8 years old. Complications have resulted in her having to use a wheelchair.

She has a strong passion and desire to work with people with disabilities in the area of advising, education, and counseling. Jamie’s commitment to finding meaningful employment was evident when she stepped through our doors. Career Facilitator & Job Developer Anu Pala worked diligently with Jamie to find appropriate positions for her to apply to. One of them was a student advisor position at Simon Fraser University (new window). After calling the department to enquire whether the position had been filled, she learned that it had been. However, after speaking to the hiring manager, she expressed her interest in working at Simon Fraser University (new window) , and she was informed of an exam invigilator position that they were recruiting for. The manager took the liberty of forwarding her resume and within a few days she was called in for an interview and then offered the position.

Jamie has continued to stay connected with the Neil Squire Society as a volunteer for the Computer Comfort program, and she has recently undertaken specific training from us on the use of the screen reader software JAWS (new window). This training will come in handy as she supports a current Simon Fraser University (new window) student with a visual impairment. Although Jaimie’s ultimate goal is to work as a student advisor, she considers this a stepping stone towards eventually reaching that goal.

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