EFNE's Career Navigator Program awarded Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 Grant.
What We Believe
All people have a desire to reach their fullest potential, personally and professionally.
EFNE’s Career Navigator Program aims to support you in your journey towards gratifying, competitive and integrated employment, first, by acknowledging that you are wonderfully unique and have a desire to contribute in a meaningful way. Finding work in a competitive job market can be challenging, to say the least. Finding work that is gratifying, pays well, and fits the transportation and accommodation requirements that many people with epilepsy require, is even more challenging – but not impossible.
Excellent employment outcomes start with a clear sense of self: ·
- What do you love to do?
- What are your unique qualifications?
- What are you willing to sacrifice (purpose, convenience, time or money)?
- What are the perceived limitations that prevent you from achieving your goals?
- What are the REAL limitations that result from your epilepsy?
- How much effort are you willing to invest towards achieving your goals?
A well-designed employment support plan takes all these factors into consideration as they support your journey towards gratifying work. You can expect us to help you answer these questions as we work together to create a strong sense of self and professional foundation that enables you to achieve your goals.
What We Value
- Honesty – Not all jobs will be appropriate for you. We will either help you get there or direct you to what is appropriate.
- Integrity – Employment is a two-way relationship between the employee and employer. We will honor both sides of that relationship to build trust with you and the employer.
- Growth – Programs evolve and grow, based on a deeper understanding of the service needs. We will continue to develop new, effective ways to improve your career outcomes, with your support and guidance.
What We Offer
EFNE's Career Navigator offers quarterly hands-on educational programming, designed to remove barriers to employment and improve long term employment outcomes for people with epilepsy.
The Career Navigator program is committed to helping you overcome your challenges and reach your fullest potential. For that reason, in order to participate, you must be committed to your personal growth including being ready to do whatever it takes to become prepared for, and to acquire and retain a job. Each of us has real and perceived limitations that prevent us from achieving our professional goals. Because the majority of the hard work happens before you get your dream job, we understand that this is a journey, and we are here to help you navigate that journey.
If this sounds intriguing, and you would like to speak to someone who is dedicated to your growth and to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals, please contact Michael Paglia at email@example.com.
Other Program Options
Coaching: If you have successfully participated in the workshops and desire a one-on-one coaching experience, in order to work through professional interest identification or habitual or behavior barriers to work success, then one-on-one coaching might be the right step for you. You can apply for coaching after having participated in a full educational series.
Accommodation / Advocacy Support: Sometimes things just don’t go as planned and you may need support understanding your rights and preparing to advocate for yourself at work. Others may face changing work expectations or capacity and require assistance in developing and asking for reasonable accommodations. When appropriate, EFNE’s Employment Services program can assist with these challenges as well. If your particular need does not fall within our area of expertise, we will do our best to refer you to the most appropriate resource.
Entrepreneurial Training: Some people's greatest dream is to open a small business. If this is your passion, but fear, a lack of knowledge or your epilepsy have held you back, we might be able to assist.
Employer Engagement: Some jobs are hard to fill and others have un-manageablely high turnover. Perhaps EFNE’s Employment Services can assist you by partnering with you in the development of your recruitment and training pipeline. Our clients are hardworking, driven and dedicated to establishing long-term relationships with supportive employers, EFNE's Employment Services might just be the perfect solution to your staffing challenges.
Our Support Network
EFNE's Career Navigator is guided and supported by a committed group of community leaders, called the CAREER NAVIGATOR Advisory Council
This mission is supported by an Employment Services Advisory Council who are committed to building a program that equalizes access to gratifying and financially sustaining jobs through innovation in assessments, coaching, training and support, focused specifically on the needs of individuals living and working with Epilepsy. Advisory Council members include:
- Amanda Rich, CNA
- Steve Austin, VP, Media Relations, Fidelity
- Kristianne Widman, Employer Liaison, North Suburban Employment Collaborative
- Rich Mcllveen, VP, Corporate Investigations, Iron Mountain
- Kimberly Wilmett, Ph.D, Neuropsychologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Subs Acharya, Strategy Director
- Jeff Glidden, retired, EFNE Board member
- Elaine Kiriakopoulos, MD, MSc, Neurologist, EFNE's COO