What Did Your Grandfather’s Father Do for a Living? Need Evidence on An Occupation?

Reading Time: 5 minutes My mother Ann Dodge Prochnow, researched a book titled “Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex County, Massachusetts 1629-1894” authored by John Thompson Dodge Ph.D. Dr. Dodge was born in 1850 in Vermont. Dr. Dodge was a railway civil engineer. And he’s directly related to my mom! My mom read the book (Ann’s brother Gerry… Continue reading What Did Your Grandfather’s Father Do for a Living? Need Evidence on An Occupation?

Employability, Hireability and Placeability ~ Got Ability? Need Proof?

Reading Time: 5 minutes To continue on with my post on getting level during divorce, I’m offering working definitions of 3 of my favorite ability descriptors which are: Employability, Hireability and Placeability Although my vocational assessment and evaluation assignments span a variety of jurisdictions and are designed to meet referral needs, the concepts of Employability, Hireability and Placeability remain… Continue reading Employability, Hireability and Placeability ~ Got Ability? Need Proof?

Happy Rehabilitation Counselor Appreciation Day!

Reading Time: 4 minutes March 22 of each year is designated as a Happy Day to Celebrate Rehabilitation Counseling!    A bouquet of pink roses, along with dark chocolate layer cake with vanilla bean ice cream help make the day turn even happier! My career choice is Rehabilitation Counseling, a unique job for high-energy people who want to make a… Continue reading Happy Rehabilitation Counselor Appreciation Day!

Simply Yet Methodically Defined…Transferable Skills Unfold During Vocational Assessment!

Reading Time: 5 minutes As a fundamental guide, I agree with and adopted a simple definition of “transferable skills” as: those versatile skills that can be used effectively in a number of different roles. Good definition! Transferable skills are universal skills — you can transfer them from one type of work to another without much effort on your part… Continue reading Simply Yet Methodically Defined…Transferable Skills Unfold During Vocational Assessment!

People and Their Pets…Got Cat? A Good Vocational Assessment Question to Ask

Reading Time: 5 minutes Originally published on: Dec 17, 2012/updated Dec 17, 2019 and posted again today! When I meet with an individual to perform a vocational assessment, I ask questions to gather information about their work and life background. One question I ask, underlying other questions regarding psycho-social factors, is about pet ownership. Asking about pet ownership during… Continue reading People and Their Pets…Got Cat? A Good Vocational Assessment Question to Ask

Randy and Abe’s Work Ethic…Pretty Impressive! Plus a Kiss!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Randy has taught the wonderfully well-behaved youth in our community (hee hee) since 1992 as an instructor for the Des Moines Public School District. He teaches at Scavo High School (which as of this writing on 2/17/2020 will soon be dismantled) and Randy will be moving on to a new program(for sure) at a new… Continue reading Randy and Abe’s Work Ethic…Pretty Impressive! Plus a Kiss!

A Job Analysis Would Help You Win a Prize!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Have you been to the Williamson Pumpkin Paradise? We visited on a beautiful October Sunday afternoon and I was in awe at the creative produce! After wandering around in the fields for a time and looking at plenty a pumpkin looking for a home, we selected one. As I’m writing this, I realize I’m not knowledgeable about… Continue reading A Job Analysis Would Help You Win a Prize!

How My Past has Brought Me to The Present – as a Rehab Counselor! Part 4

Reading Time: 5 minutes My story leading up to my career as a rehabilitation counselor who focuses on job placement continues! Many of my first jobs in the big city of Des Moines, Iowa were secured through temporary staffing agencies.  I find the benefit of staffing agencies invaluable! From a personal perspective, working for a staffing agency really helped me to… Continue reading How My Past has Brought Me to The Present – as a Rehab Counselor! Part 4

Why I Got Into Rehab Counseling….I Love Placement and Life, Too! – Part 3

Reading Time: 6 minutes HERE IS MY STORY, continued oN – Part 3 To understand my passion for job placement (and caring for others!), I’ve blogged about my former jobs and learning experiences.  This helps me (but I do feel kinda old going waaaayy back in time) look at a variety of occupations from a unique advantage.  Thank you for… Continue reading Why I Got Into Rehab Counseling….I Love Placement and Life, Too! – Part 3

My Passion for Job Placement! Here is My Story – Part 2

Reading Time: 6 minutes To understand my passion for job placement, let me tell you a little about some of the jobs and experiences I’ve had growing up.  I mentioned in an earlier post the fact that childhood interests can help you find the right career.  This is so true! My first job at age 13 was babysitting (okay,… Continue reading My Passion for Job Placement! Here is My Story – Part 2