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Experiences of College Students with Disabilities and the Importance of a Business Mentoring Program

by Elizabeth Evans Getzel and Lori W. Briel

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Getzel, L. & Briel, L. (2008). Experiences of College Students with Disabilities and the Importance of a Business Mentoring Program. Workplace Supports & Job Retention, 0, .

Abstract
College students with disabilities often lack a clear understanding of what knowledge and skills are required by specific careers on a day-to-day basis. These students often graduate from college without the chance for on-the-job experiences, and have a difficult time selecting a job that matches their preferences and abilities. This article will describe a study conducted with juniors and seniors with disabilities attending Virginia Commonwealth University who participated in a work based mentoring program. The results of a qualitative analysis of the participants’ mentoring experiences in four primary areas, specifically career counseling, job shadowing, job placement assistance, and conflict resolution/problem solving are discussed.

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