Journey of Employment, a job fair for athletes in conjunction with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, will be held July 5 and 6 in the Lyceum room at the University of Washington’s Husky Union Building (HUB).
The job fair is also a career coaching event where athletes and others with disabilities will have the opportunity to meet with career coaches from SourceAmerica and its network of nonprofits to assess and polish their skills, and then to present them to representatives from companies that are seeking new talent.
Participating companies include 2018 USA Games Partners Microsoft, Bank of America, Brooks Running Company, City of Seattle, Kaiser Permanente, King County, Starbucks, Swire Coca-Cola, the University of Washington, Walmart and Amazon, as well as Microsoft partners Compass, MV Transportation and Novitex. SourceAmerica member nonprofit agencies will also take part in the job fair, according to a news release from 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.
Candidates will hear from fellow athletes who’ve taken their winning skills from the field to the workforce, and SourceAmerica will also host disability awareness training for companies to support their inclusive corporate culture.
“This is an exciting step forward in building an Inclusion Economy, one in which all people are recognized for their talents and potential,” sasy Steve Soroka, president and CEO of SourceAmerica, in the release. “Special Olympics athletes are an excellent talent pool to connect with our network of more than 800 nonprofits employing people with disabilities, so we’re really pleased to be part of this national effort.”
The event is designed to raise awareness for a talent pool that is often overlooked, the release notes.
“Special Olympics athletes have worked hard on and off the field to compete on a national stage, and it’s that same determination and mindset that make them valuable assets for employers,” states Beth Knox, president and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “People with intellectual disabilities are often an untapped resource for employers, and we’re so excited to provide a platform for our athletes and employers to connect.”
[Source(s): 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, PRWeb]