1.2. Define Employment
An important precursor to defining your path to employment is considering what successful and productive employment might look like to you. For some, 40 hours per week is the desire, while for others part-time is preferred. If you are experiencing a long recovery and rehabilitation from a significant injury, you may still be in the process of trying to figure out what your mind and body can do again and a series of work experiences might be beneficial. Whatever your definition it will probably change with time, experience, strength, and desire. The fact remains that being connected to the workforce (whether one hour per week or 60; in a paid or volunteer position; with or without supports) is strongly connected to how we define ourselves in society and an important part of who we are.