Trades Win

Career Exploration Through Storytelling

The Polus Center is excited to announce our newest action-based communication training program called Trades Win.

This first of its kind project allows participants to explore career paths and professional communication skills through storytelling. Student teamwork, communication, and networking skills combine as they interview visually impaired professionals who are thriving in their chosen careers.

Each interview highlights the participant’s story, including their experience with blindness, how they perform their job, and what life lessons they have learned along the way. These stories are then presented through videography, podcasts and written feature stories. Our philosophy is that learning the art of storytelling will help students grow comfortable in talking about themselves, making them stronger self-advocates.

Thanks to our student participants, we have created an ever-expanding collection of information for young job seekers and sighted employers. We invite you to explore the history of this storytelling project, and the student’s finished work.

Kim Charlson
Librarian, Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library

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