Transition to Independence Career Fair Workshop Descriptions Student Workshops Why I Should Go To a Training Center for the Blind Presenters will speak on the benefits of attending a training center to help students prepare for college. First Impressions Presenters will provide skills and tips on what things can help you have a successful interview including how to dress, speak, and present yourself and your qualities. Earning That First Paycheck This workshop will discuss the benefits that you can get from various types of early work experience, from part-time jobs to internships, in preparation for future career paths. Presenters will not only discuss the value of these work experiences but also how to find and obtain such positions. Aim High! Professional Career Panel The sky’s the limit in this session as students will be able to hear from a panel of blind professionals working in a variety of professions. Panelists may include blind scientists, engineers, lawyers, teachers, and others! Come see what challenging, exciting careers are open to the blind and visually impaired. Preparing for Campus Life Blind college students will discuss the importance of finding the right college for you and give you tips on your college search. They will also discuss the things that they wish they had known about college and campus life—such as how to handle the social aspect of college and how to deal with disability services. Tech Talk This session will focus on making informed choices in the area of access technology. Presenters from the International Braille and Technology Center for the Blind will discuss what the average college student needs to succeed. Knocking on the Right DORS Representatives from the Department of Rehabilitation will discuss what DORS is, how you can get involved, what opportunities and services it can provide, and so much more. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for DORS services. How To Find Your Location in a Vocation This workshop focuses on the types of opportunities that are available to those whose post-educational goals are more vocational in nature. Learn what types of trade or skills programs exist and how you can start preparing now for such a profession. Communication—From the Classroom to the Boardroom This interactive workshop will focus on various types of communication, from conversing with your professors to giving a class presentation to running a meeting. Alternative techniques will be discussed, as well as how to present yourself. How To Say “I Can” This workshop focuses on the importance of self-advocacy. Knowing who to ask (and how to ask) plays a vital role in your future success. Learn more about your rights as a blind person—and about how to insist on having those rights! Jobs Break-outs Separate presentations focusing on jobs in the following areas: Law Enforcement Government Jobs Medical and Human Services Trade Jobs STEM Jobs Education Entertainment, Media, and Marketing General Jobs Bank Mock Interview This is a great opportunity to go through a one-on-one interview and receive feedback on your performance. You will receive a “job description” as well as “company information” to help you prepare. Parent and Teacher Workshops While parents and teachers are encouraged to attend our other workshops with their students, the following sessions will specifically focus on them and what they can do to help their students. Great Expectations As guides to students charting their own course, you will discuss new ideas for fostering high expectations and increasing the level of motivation among your students. Topics will include promoting age-appropriate expectations and how to avoid pitfalls of unknowingly short-changing students with a lack of exposure and experience. Transitioning to Independence—College and Career Learn more about the transition planning process and how to develop an effective transition plan. The difference between entitlement and eligibility will also be discussed. Learn how to empower your student(s) by increasing their role in transition and lessening the parent/teacher role. Transitioning to Independence—Life Skills This workshop focuses on what you can do at home to prepare your child to live a fully independent life. From household chores to money matters, learn how to start your child down the road to independence.