“As a man in his 40s, I was nervous about going back to school to pursue a second career in a personal support worker program”
SERVICES FOR THE DEAFBLIND ONTARIO
Jeremy Davis’ second career is about giving back, helping others live their best life in a collaborative, team environment.
“As a man in his 40s, I was nervous about going back to school to pursue a second career in a Personal Support Worker (PSW) program…I had worked in the automotive industry for several years. Taking courses, using technology for post-secondary learning, and being responsible for the personal care needs of others are all factors that I considered,” said Jeremy.
“However, while I was good at moving cars around the store, I eventually knew I needed more.”
A student placement with DeafBlind Ontario Services provided Jeremy with valuable knowledge and paved the way for a fulfilling second career. “I was looking for an internship in an organization where I could use my critical thinking skills, my self-care skills and my lived experience,” Jeremy said.
Responders are professionally trained to support people with deafblindness – a combined loss of sight and hearing – acting as their “eyes” and “ears” through the sense of touch.
By facilitating the exchange of information and helping with methods of communication, workers allow deafblind people to flourish.
“During my internship, I really saw that the speakers were past masters in the art of bringing in the outside world. I learned that I like making a difference in the daily lives of the people we support, defending their needs and contributing to their independence”.
Jeremy did not quit his student internship. Today, he had worked for DeafBlind Ontario Services as a counselor for almost four years.
“I finally feel valued, it’s my second family. Our team supports each other to learn, share and contribute, while providing holistic care to the people we support.
Jeremy’s advice to anyone looking for a new or second career is: “Incorporating lived experiences, transferable skills and maturity helps me to be more of a practitioner. It is important not to overlook experience gained in other industries or training that can be applied to a new role. »
To raise awareness of this rewarding career choice, a new National Occupational Classification Code (NOC 42203) now includes the roles of “Intervenor” and “Deaf-Blind Intervenor”. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Statistics Canada published this new code at the end of 2021 and will fully implement it this year.
DeafBlind Ontario Services strives to be a leading employer in the field, dedicated to helping employees develop their talents and nurture their career aspirations through extensive and ongoing training and mentoring. The organization hires in many regions of the province. It’s a new year, start your rewarding career.
DeafBlind Ontario Services offers a range of services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Nonverbal and DeafBlind individuals that are tailored to each individual’s unique needs, method of communication and goals to enrich their lives. Learn more and apply online: https://deafblindontario.com/careers/.