A meaningful job can transform a life. As an active and contributing member of society, individuals gain self-esteem and self-confidence, a higher level of economic independence and are able to make connections and develop relationships. The impact doesn’t just stay with the individual. Their family gains assurance that their loved one will be okay, their employer gains a high-performing, loyal employee, and overall, the increased workforce positively impacts the state of Maine. It’s a win-win-win-win.
This wide-ranging impact and unmet need has led Pine Tree Society to launch its new Career Development Department. Our approach? We are committed to discovering abilities together, with each individual, to identify the right employment path for all. What sets us apart? We have developed a family of programs that provide a full spectrum of support – from transition, career exploration, skill development, job identification and placement and retention. Leveraging Pine Tree Society’s partnerships in the business community means that real work opportunities like job shadowing, resume feedback, mock interviews and job placement are readily available.
Pine Tree Society’s Career Development Department is a licensed Community Rehabilitation Provider working with Maine’s Division of Rehabilitation Services to transform the lives of people with disabilities through meaningful employment. Our certified Employment Specialists will partner with individuals to meet their career goals. Together, we provide a range of services:
Learn more about our spectrum of services:
Our Employment Specialists are trained in utilizing an evidenced-based tool called Discovering Personal Genius (DPG) to guide this work. DPG is an in-depth look at strengths, interests and skills and identifies three vocational themes that would be a good occupation specifically for you. This isn’t about getting a job, but instead it is building the foundation necessary to begin a successful career.
Job Development focuses on job readiness. Together we will explore jobs that match your interests, skills and talents and provide resume feedback and preparation for interviews. This service is also useful for those who have a general idea of their vocational goals, yet may not be sure they can meet the demands of the job. Our Employment Specialists will work with individuals to find opportunities for job shadowing, job interviews and preparation to secure the right job.
Our Employment Specialists have built a strong network of employers who are interested in hiring the right person, and are willing to make connections to other employers on our behalf. The Job Placement process will help match your individual interests, skills and talents with a meaningful job while taking into account logistical challenges like scheduling and transportation.
Your Career Development team doesn’t disappear once you secure a position. We stay with you for the short term providing job coaching support that you need to maintain the position. We also provide consultation to the employer to ensure a sustainable outcome. This could include orientation support, job modifications, disability awareness trainings, and facilitating consultations for assistive technology.
Our Employment Specialists will help ensure success in the workplace and facilitate building natural supports within the workplace and in the community. Our focus is to help the individual be as independent as possible and ensuring the right supports are in place to foster sustainable employment.
- Age: 18 and up
- Participants must be diagnosed with a disability and have Maine Care with a section 21/29 waiver and/or be working with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Currently this program is open to individual’s residing in York, Cumberland or Sagadahoc county.
Peer Work: A temporary office work experience program
Helping Students Reach Their Employment Goals
Pine Tree Society is partnering with the Maine Department of Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in Progressive Employment activities to assist youth in preparing for the transition from school to work.
The Vocational Rehabilitation counselor will work with the student and other people involved with the student’s planning to assist the student through the process of making informed choices about future jobs and careers.
Pine Tree Society provides a temporary work experience in an inclusive, supported work environment designed to build skills in administrative office work.
PeerWorkers become part of the Pine Tree Society team performing clerical office duties in our Bath location.
Students receive Job Coaching services where a coach provides close supervision and support on the job until the individual learns the required skills.
- Age: 16 and up and working with a Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor.
- No prior work experience is necessary to participate.
- Participants are responsible for their own transportation.