Apprenticeships, internships, and real-life job experience
Experiencing what life is like in a particular career is an important aspect of an apprenticeship or internship. This is particularly the case for veterans with disabilities. Use your work-based learning experience to help think through what sorts of accommodations you might need in this career.
The numbers here are turned around. Seventy percent of what you need to learn to perform well is learned on-the-job. Thirty percent is learned in the classroom or from books and manuals.
Disclosing your disability to the employer during an internship or apprenticeship is your choice. However, to get an accommodation, you may need to make a limited disclosure of your disability.
Your career counselor can help you identify potential accommodations and talk through the accommodation process with you. Your counselor can also discuss resources. Also, be sure to talk through your wishes regarding your counselor’s communications with employers. For example, let your counselor know if you don’t want them to disclose your disability to the employer.
Your learning journal can be as simple as a small notebook and a pen. It’s important to keep a learning journal to capture information, insights, and contacts. But how you do it is up to you.