Updated: Feb 21, 2019
If you had met Shawn Redigan a year ago, you may not have gotten to know him completely. While he’s been networking and interviewing on his own for the last year, he didn’t start opening up about his disabilities until he began working with Project HIRED. By joining Project HIRED’s Client Services program and completing mock interviews with the staff, Shawn learned how to focus on his abilities, rather than his disabilities. But that wasn’t the only thing he gained from the program—what made Project HIRED such an important place for Shawn was their specific focus on adults with disabilities who are seeking employment. Their specialized classes helped him learn more about the ADA laws that would ultimately affect him in the workplace. “[That] part was the most helpful for me,” he commented while discussing how he previously did not have knowledge about those laws and regulations.
Shawn has been living with his disability for 17 years. He has come to terms with his differences and is open about and willing to discuss them with potential employers. This was largely inspired by the services at Project HIRED as the people there taught him how to interview confidently without the fear of judgment from interviewers.
While he has been interviewing at different companies, he has 15 years of prior experience there as a Regional Field Service Manager, Program Manager, Senior Programs and IT Operations Manager, and Senior Operations Manager.
In addition to his career search, Shawn likes to stay active in his personal time, swimming and exercising, and walking his dog. He is very active in the Boy Scouts of America and volunteers with a local troop assisting youth in their quest for the rank of Eagle Scout. Regardless of the challenges, he’s been thrown, Shawn refuses to become a victim and works to lead a life just as normal as others. He’s fortunate to have the support from his family at home as well as the encouraging environment he’s been surrounded with at Project HIRED.