Tag Archives: epilepsy and employment

Job Search Focus and Structure

Looking for a job is like a work assignment, where there is a theme, a goal and a plan to achieve that goal.

In this workshop, learn how to focus within an industry, then companies where you would like to work which best match your skills, experience and education and of course, your passion. We will look at creating a project structure using a chart focused on your specific job search goals and timeline.

This online workshop is presented by Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Services Department. To receive a zoom link to join, please complete this form to register.

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Employment Services: Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is a useful tool for career planning and researching the labour market. This workshop walks you through occupational profiles, skill and educational requirements, related careers, and other topics to help you identify the career that’s right for you!

This online workshop is presented by Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Services Department. To receive a zoom link to join, please complete this form to register.

Sharing Work Experiences in an Interview

Do you sometimes struggle with interview questions that require a story of your work experience?

Learn how to answer questions with a relevant work-related story or tech knowledge to any question asked at a job interview. It’s all about following the job posting and creating your answers based on experience examples. Stories are a type of proof that you really do have the matching experience.

This online workshop is presented by Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Services Department. To receive a zoom link to join, please complete this form to register.

Communicating with Confidence

The need for strong communication skills is always in high demand by employers. And we know, many of us face additional barriers in the workplace which can impact our confidence and the way we communicate.

We want to help you develop these soft skills in the workplace with this workshop, Communicating with Confidence. This workshop will look at effective communication skills and techniques for both the workplace and in your job search.

This online workshop is presented by Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Services Department. To receive a zoom link to join, please complete this form to register.

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Communicating with Confidence for Women

The need for strong communication skills is always in high demand by employers. And we know that women face additional barriers in the workplace which can impact our confidence and the way we communicate.

So with that in mind, we want to help you develop these soft skills in the workplace with our brand new workshop, Communicating with Confidence for Women. This workshop will look at effective communication skills and techniques for both the workplace and in your job search and how we can navigate those dimensions as women.

This online workshop is presented by Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Services Department. To receive a zoom link to join, please complete this form to register.

Disclosure Dilemma Webinar

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The topic of disclosure is often a difficult choice for people with invisible conditions like epilepsy to make.

Who do I disclose my disability to?

What are the consequences, if any, of disclosure?

Are there any laws to help me in this regard? How do I disclose and when?

These are just some of the questions that will be explored in this informative panel discussion followed by a live Q&A that offers three distinct points of view from a job seeker, a recruiter, and a lawyer. Special guests will offer their unique spin on a challenging subject!

Epilepsy Toronto’s Employment Services Manager, Carter Hammett moderates this Facebook Live event, which will include an interactive Q&A with the panel. Join him at 2 pm on Thursday, November 5th on the Epilepsy Toronto Facebook Page.

About the Panel

Jessica De Marinis is a staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre in Toronto, Ontario who practices human rights and disability rights law. Jessica joined ARCH in August 2017. Prior to working at ARCH, she practiced employment and human rights law in Hamilton, ON. Jessica has appeared before various courts and administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the Ontario Superior Court.

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Shonet D’souza, BHRM, CHRL, is a Human Resources Specialist, Diversity, Inclusion & Invisible Disabilities Advocate, Speaker, Writer. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader with over a decade of people and culture experience. She is currently a Talent Strategist at Powerhouse Talent Inc. where she partners with organizations to develop their employer brand, consistently market their recruitment strategy and attract the right talent. Besides her work in HR, she is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and invisible disabilities. She is a speaker, writer and guest contributor to various online publications. Shonet is an Epilepsy Ambassador at Epilepsy Toronto and Global Epilepsy Exchange and is also part of the United Way Greater Toronto Speakers Bureau.

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Alyson Silk is a young professional and graduate of Queen’s University with diverse experience studying and working in Accounting, Data Analysis, Biology, Mathematics, and Statistics. Since she was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2017 and has faced numerous challenges in adapting to a life with this condition, including the pursuit of a career in finance and returning to school. She is currently a job-seeker navigating the hiring process as a person with a disability for the first time. Concerned with tackling the big questions of “when” and “how” to disclose, she has been working closely with Epilepsy Toronto to develop a disclosure plan and prepare for career success in the quickly-evolving modern workforce. She is excited to share her experience and learn from others to address the obstacles presented by disclosure of an invisible disability.