The Austin Lighthouse Vocational Training team posing in the office.

Vocational Services and Support

Our job readiness training is geared toward individuals seeking employment, whether our clients are making a career change or and seeking a job for the first time since vision loss. Our training process is specifically designed to create new skill sets and expand upon existing skills to further develop the job candidates’ employment opportunities.

  1. Employment Readiness

    An employment assessment allows us to see what our clients’ natural abilities are and what they are interested in. We aid our clients in setting goals to achieve employment.

    Visually impaired Austin Lighthouse employee answering telephone calls.
  2. Orientation and Mobility Training

    All of our clients complete an orientation and mobility assessment. If our clients need additional direction, they are referred to a certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor. Because safety is of the utmost importance to us, only individuals who are able to safely navigate independently and within a work environment qualify to move on in the program.

    Visually impaired man walking into a building lead by his guide dog.
  3. Independent Living

    We assess our clients independent living skills including cooking, hygiene habits, getting ready for work, and time management. An Independent Living Coach will be referred to individuals who need more instruction. Progress, attendance and task completion will be monitored.

    Two vision impaired men walking in a park.
  4. Technical Skills

    As part of initial intake, a technical skills assessment will determine if additional computer skills training is needed. If so, classes are made available, coordinated by our Adaptive Technology Trainers.

    Two vision impaired women working at a computer station.
  5. Job Search Mentoring

    Our Vocational Services team works with clients to conduct job searches, covering the basics of online job search and how to apply to positions they are qualified for.

    Austin Lighthouse employee aiding a vision impaired man search for jobs at a computer.
  6. Cover Letter and Resume Writing

    Clients with established resumes and cover letters will have them reviewed by our Vocational Services team. We also work with clients to create resumes and demonstrate the proper way to draft a compelling cover letter.

    Austin Lighthouse employee helping visually impaired woman on a computer.
  7. Interviewing Techniques and Training

    Mock interviews are conducted and tailored for specific positions clients are considering. A one-on-one mock interview and a panel interview are performed prior to any scheduled interviews. These “trial-runs” give clients the practice they need at answering common interview questions and a chance to work on correcting any delivery mistakes.

    A vision impaired Austin Lighthouse employee interviewing a vision impaired candidate.

For more information on any of our training and education services, please complete the form below or call us at (512) 442-2329.

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