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Easing Back into the Work Force After a Brain Injury

Easing Back into the Work Force After a Brain Injury

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Hey, guys. It's Adam. Today we're here to talk about employment after a brain injury. Definitely a big deal. Many people suffer a mild traumatic brain injury or even a more severe or moderate traumatic brain injury, and there comes a time when they're ready to get back into the workforce. A lot of people have come up to me. They say, "Hey, Adam, Adam, you had a mild traumatic brain injury." "How did you get back into the workforce?" "How did you find a job that kind of fits your capabilities and your skills "with something that's interesting?" Because honestly, a lot of times it's different than maybe what you've done before a brain injury. And so one of the things that I always tell people is kind of twofold. One, it's taking a look at yourself. What are the things that you're really good at? What are the capabilities that you have? What kind of skills and abilities do you bring to the table even with a brain injury? Because I can guarantee you that there are still a lot of skills that you have that you can share with your employer. And so kind of finding those and kind of expanding on that and searching for something that really matches those skills or an industry or a field that really matches those skills is something that anybody can do from home but is going to be really helpful in focusing your job search. The second aspect is kind of an externally-focused strategy, and that's kind of easing yourself back into the workforce. Even if you find something you love, the strain or the mental stress or just the constant requirements of employment can cause stress and kind of get you fatigued. And so I encourage people who are looking to get back into the workforce after a brain injury to start with an internship, start with part-time work, something where you can ease yourself back into it, see if the skills that you've thought about and developed on your own actually can be applied in the actual workforce and in a position that somebody wants to pay you to do. And so I think that's a really great opportunity to kind of test out both for you and the employer if you think it's going to be a good fit. So kind of that internal-external mix is something that I've found to be really helpful. And I hope it's equally helpful for you. So thanks.

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Starting with an internship and assessing your skills and abilities post-TBI are two strategies to help you successfully return to the work force. Adam shares his experience.

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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If you don't help yourself first, then you won't have the knowledge or ability to help others!

Jul 16th, 2015 10:08pm

I need help trying to help others in life. I have tbi and need some guidance to become a productive person again. Im having hard time. Please help. I just want you to know i dont ever ask for help. I beleive all answers lie within ourselves. Thank you, dean

Feb 2nd, 2014 7:49am

 


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