Young man with a history of schizophrenia succeeds in entering the workforce

Diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 17, Joel had a few bad years when he was in and out of hospital. At age 21 he felt ready to start looking for a part-time job but was insecure about his diagnosis. He worried employers would judge him before they had a chance to see what he could do.

Joel met with an OT who sat down with him and helped him set a goal: to find a job working at a grocery store. Together, they found a few stores that were hiring and with support from the OT, Joel found the confidence to put together a resume and apply for a position in a local store. The OT then set up a couple of practice job interviews, where Joel could work out his answers to the usual interview questions and ensure he maintained eye contact.

Thanks to the help and support from the OT, Joel got a job. He had the confidence and the right words he needed to perform well in a job interview. He was also able to explain the special considerations he needs in the workplace. Joel and his employer worked together to introduce him to his job in a way that would ensure his success at work.