School to Work: Finding Work Webinars – Replays and Resources

Thank you for your interest in the School to Work Project and for registering to attend this on-demand event. These are the webinars that were designed for students in Years 11 and 12 and recent school leavers.

On this page, you’ll find

  • the recording of the two Finding Work webinars we recorded in August 2021
  • all of the resources we mentioned in the webinars.

Important: All of the references that were referenced in the video have been added to the page below the video. We will not be sending these resources by email as was stated in some of the series videos.

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You have until 5:00 PM AEDT on Sunday, 21 November to review the replays and resources.

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Webinar 1: Finding Work – Getting Started

  • Recorded on Thursday, August 12, 2021

Please consider watching this with your young person and begin a discussion about what they imagine for themselves in the future.

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Resources from Webinar 1: Getting Started

Making A Start

The Good Life

An infographic showing some of the good things in life

VisionImage comparing typical life experiences to segregated ones

Clarity of Vision by Wendy Stroeve

  • Video playing time 00:15:08

Developing a Vision Statement

A vision statement for Rhiannon

Vision statement for Jack

Visit our page about vision statements for more examples and inspiration.

Customised Employment – The Hiring Chain

As you watch this video, pay attention to

  • what the employees look like
  • what the employees are doing
  • whether they look like they work in the role.

  • Video playing time 00:01:45

Customised Employment in a Microenterprise: Let’s Get to Work – Pa’s Produce

Annie’s family thought very carefully about customising a work role to suit her interests, strengths, and attributes. Notice that

  • this microenterprise was developed for one person
  • the family was very focused on growing Annie’s skills
  • the family used their connections to set things up.

  • Video playing time 00:05:54

Customised Employment


Questions to discover the person

Discover conditions for success

Cultivating Opportunities

Brainstorm the interest of cutting

Continuous movement

Cam Can

This is a fantastic example of having a deep understanding of a person’s attributes, interests, and strengths. Cameron’s business has been built around his attribute of ‘waiting’. Notice that

  • most other people had very low expectations of Cameron
  • It took a combination of vision, belief, intentional observation, and serendipity to find the right role for Cameron

Discovering the tasks associated with workplace roles

Engaging Employment Supports

Employment supports

Questions for Employment Service Providers

Roles-based Recruitment

Visit our resource page about roles-based recruitment for information about how to employ a mentor or coach for your family member.

Types of Experiences

In this video, you’ll see that Jack’s work experience at the University of Canberra led to paid employment. His family was very intentional about asking for paid employment. They also learned a lot about Jack’s skills and what he enjoyed doing, and they documented this as part of the process.

  • Playing time: 6 minutes, 41 seconds
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Key Messages of Webinar 1

Key messages

  1. Have a positive mindset and take action
  2. Start with a vision for your family member that aspires to achieve the good life and a typical pathway
  3. Reach out to others to help you achieve your vision, and consider engaging a job mentor early
  4. Build a discovery profile with the input of others
  5. Brainstorm possible workplace links based on Discovery
  6. Gather information about workplaces
  7. Make a visual resume (in writing or video)
  8. Propose and opportunity (in person, in writing)
  9. Set the young person up for success on the job
  10. Pursue many options: informal work, work experience, microenterprise, part-time paid work, ASBA.

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Webinar 2: Finding Work – The Next Steps

  • Recorded on Thursday, August 19, 2021

Webinar Recording

  • Video playing time: 1 hour, 59 minutes
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The Customised Employment Approach

Ruth’s Story

Video playing time: 00:04:03

Enriching the Discovery Process

Here are some links to discovery profiles used by Customised Employment leaders in the United States. Please note the following material is aimed at service providers, but it may also give you ideas that you would like to ask in your discovery process

You can explore the websites of these organisations for more resources:

Discovery In Action – Let’s Get to Work: Zellner Services

Video playing time: 00:06:10

Cameron’s Discovery Timeline

Tracking of a young man's interests over time demonstrating how some led to paid employment

Jack’s Discovery Timeline

A visual map of a young man's work exploration pathway over four years

Cultivating Opportunities Through Connections

Jack's approach to cultivating opportunities through connections

Cultivating Employment Opportunities

These are the links to the sites shared on slide XX:

Researching Workplaces

Questions to ask when researching opportunities

Strength and role-based language examples

Positive Pitch

Examples of a positive pitch

Asking for an Interview Alternative – Let’s Get to Work: The Research Technician

Video playing time:4 minutes, 13 seconds

Engaging Employment Supports

Employment Planning Workbook

Roles-Based Recruiting Resource

If you are seeking to employ a job coach or workplace mentor, take a look at our resource about roles-based recruitment.

Task Analysis

To teach a task well, you must first understand it yourself. The teacher or trainer must break the task down into discrete steps and communicate these clearly.

Getting Task Analysis Right

This video demonstrates, in a humorous way, the importance of doing an accurate task analysis.

Video playing time: 00:06:45

Systematic Instruction

Once a task has been accurately analysed, it can be taught in a systematic way. This means that tasks that seem quite complex can be learned and mastered. In the demonstration below, June and Jack had never worked together before. It was filmed as part of a workshop in front of a room filled with people. Please take note of how well June knew the task, how seldom she spoke, and the degree of concentration that Jack demonstrated as he completed the task.

This methodology is based on Marc Gold’s pioneering work in the 1970s. We’ve included a video of the original work below this one.

Video playing time 00:08:14

Try Another Way – Marc Gold and Associates

Video playing time: 00:27:01

Marc Gold is the pioneer of the Try Another Way approach that June used in the video above. This video was filmed in the 1970s.

Here’s a brief example of systematic instruction:


Example of a Microenterprise – Made by Brad

Video playing time: 00:02:25

Microenterprise Stories

Visit the website of these organisations to watch stories about successful microenterprises and resources

ACT Resources to establish and grow a microenterprise

Opportunities are often advertised on the Facebook pages of these organisations.

Some additional resources:

Please contact Fiona if you are not yet a member of our Employment Peer Group and would like to join.

Key Messages of Webinar 2


Key Messages from Webinar 2

  1. Explore many interests
  2. Capture learnings about attributes and conditions of success
  3. Practice your pitch, positive introduction, and asking for a wage
  4. Ask for interview accommodations
  5. Plan and apply for NDIS funding if relevant
  6. Research DES and NDIS services (if relevant)
  7. Know what good-practice on-the-job training looks like
  8. Plan for meaningful work

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Events That May Be of Interest

If you are not already receiving our digital newsletters, please consider joining our mailing list so that you receive information about interesting events like the following:

Get That Good Life! Conference On-Demand

Our annual conference was held in October 2021. You can still register to watch replays of most sessions. They will be available on-demand and for free until Sunday, November 29, 2021.

Learn more and register here.

What else would you like to know about Finding Work?

Is there a topic that you’d like to explore in greater depth in future webinars and workshops? Please let us know by sending an email to Fiona McIntosh: