Hiring veterans is perhaps the best investment an organization can move to make. Veterans offer an extremely unique perspective and application of a skill set that is extremely valuable. Only 1% of American serve in the military, making this population valuable and rare.

A study released by the Pew Research Center on the American Veteran Experience claims, 52% of veterans believe the military prepares them for transition from military to civilian life.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment amongst veterans during the recent recession was 6.8% rate, compared with the overall 7.8% rate.

Veterans become the top priority for hiring managers because of a distinguished set of skills that come together in great harmony that pushes any organization forward and upward. …


What’s the worst career advice you’ve gotten?

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Job seekers had power over the job market for many years before we were all struck with the reality of a pandemic. The truth is, job seekers pushed companies to establish regulations, standards, and competition amongst each other to attract the most qualified candidates. Candidates dictated what they enjoyed and di not enjoy. All of this information came in from interview reviews, surveys by independent parties, social media talk, and news outlets. Companies were tuned in to find the best recruitment methods and teams.

The harsh truth job seekers are forced to face in a Post-COVID-19 world is the companies hold majority of the power now. Companies get to decide who stays and who go goes, taking advantage of the millions of unemployed and desperate candidates. …


What are companies looking for and how?

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There is no doubt 2020 has been a transformative period for the entire world. COVID-19 has effected every single one us. How has it effected the job market? You may hear varied news depending on the source. Some say, the job market is doing horrible, other say it’s best market for workers to negotiate. I think it’s a little bit of both. One of the greatest skills we’ve all acquired during this time is the skill of patience and multi-tasking. …


After 300 Job Rejections, I Started My Own Company

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There is no contention 2020 has been extremely difficult for people around the world. But for me, 2019 was the HARDEST year of my life. I was 26, going on 27, the sole provider for my family and no job. Let me walk you through why and what happened.

Followed the Passion, Never the Money

I graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Like many Indian parents, mine wanted me to be a doctor. Exceedingly early in my college career, I decided med school was not for me and it never will be. I admire everyone of my peers, cousins, and friends that have gone through med school. It was not for me. I did however LOVE psychology. I remember my first awareness of the stigma towards “the other” was when I was nine years old. I was walking with my mom to her friend’s house in Queens, NYC, where I grew up. There was a man, with Downs Syndrome, who wanted to shake hands and say hello to passer-byers. No one would shake his hand. When he reached out to me with his hand, I shook it. He had a huge smile on his face. Almost 20 years later, I can still remember his face and smile vividly. I did not fully understand or realize at the time why no one wanted to shake his hand. However, by the time I was in middle school, I was fully aware of the stigma around mental health and disabilities. I decided wanted to be a psychologist. I knew this was it for me. I also knew I had to go all the way and get a PhD in psychology. …


The future of someone with ASD is always uncertain and unplanned

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The future of someone with ASD is always uncertain and unplanned

As a caretaker or parent of someone who may be unable to make their own decision, this is a reality that one must think of at some point in the lifetime of their loved ones.

As an ASD behavioral therapist, I watched parents make a decision about their children when they were aged out the system at 21 all too often. In the US, the educational rights for 1:1 ABA (applied behavioral analysis) is an uphill battle for parents. In some states, for example, NY, parents must go to court and sue the Board of Education within their district and effectively prove that the schools are unable to provide the proper education their child needs. This can be extremely costly and time consuming. …


7 Things I did to increase my value

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I worked as a behavioral therapist for 4 years before feeling burnt out and wanting to change careers for a consistent and stable worklife. I chose HR to be that field. I knew almost nothing about the career, besides I get to work in corporate. After a friend decided to help me out and give me a job, there I was, Nivee Madan, HR Admin. I was very happy, before I realized the company was terribly toxic and almost impossible to grow in. So I quit, increased my market value, and doubled my salary. Here is how I did it.

  1. Evaluate Current Skill…


Who would you be if you weren’t able to communicate with your mother?

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I wasn’t able to communicate with my mother for twenty-five years. Although linguistically, we speak the same language, we were unable to effectively communicate. My mother has autism, and I didn’t know how to talk to her until I was in my mid-twenties.

If you don’t know, communication with someone with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) can be challenging. To add to the complexity of it all, it was my mother who I was unable to communicate with. How was I supposed to raise myself? Why was my mother different? Who am I supposed to talk to?

These were all questions I battled with my entire life. We fought almost every single day. As soon as I got my driver’s license I was ready to run away. I used to have a fight and take the keys and drive away. I was a young rebellious teenager trying to get away from the stimulus that was causing me the most grief. I know almost everyone fights with their parents at one point or another, and some may even let go of that relationship deeming it toxic. …


What I wish I knew as a sister, a daughter and a therapist

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My brother graduating from High School

Autism has been a part of my life since the day I was born. Although I did not know that until later in life. My mother and brother are both on the spectrum. My mother grew up in India in the ’70s and ’80s, when there was no such diagnosis. But my grandmother always knew something was different. My brother was not diagnosed until he was 11, because my parents did not know any better. Not until a high school chemistry teacher spoke to me about her child with Autism. That’s when it all clicked and I pushed my parents to investigate my brother’s delays. …

About

Nivee Madan

Occasional rule breaker, but avid new rule creator. I have ideas that shoot for the stars, but land on the moon. I write about autism, and career development.

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