Qualcomm, like many other multinational corporations, has developed a series of Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) to fulfill the need for diversity and inclusivity among employees and clients. One of the target groups included in the Qualcomm Employee Network is AbilityQ, which was developed to support the needs of their employees with disabilities, as well as the caregivers of those living with disabilities and special needs.
Formerly called the “Disability Mentoring Day”, the app was created to provide students with disabilities at local universities with the opportunity to network with professionals in their field. Qualcomm of San Diego has partnered with the Disabled Student Services departments at several universities in an effort to market, recruit and expedite the application process for students with disabilities.
Qualcomm enlists the help of representatives to solicit universities to promote the AbilityQ program. Qualcomm provides printed marketing materials, such as postcards or bulletins, which are distributed by the universities. The universities may also utilize their Career Services departments or the school website.
As part of the recruitment process, the applications are due one month before the event, which usually occurs in November, depending on the specific Qualcomm campus. Applications are evaluated by industry professionals, who review the student’s specialty area and elect a mentor for each student selected for the program. The mentor receives a copy of the student’s application. Upon receipt of the application, the mentor will contact the student for introductions, and to discuss the student’s interests and background.
The first day of the event will begin with a program to educate students about Qualcomm’s culture. There is a workday in which the Qualcomm mentor prepares activities, such as interviews, meetings, tours and other employment-oriented tasks for the student.
The finale of the program consists of a seminar to educate the student about career-search activities. Topics discussed at the seminar include resume writing, job seeking, and networking. The AbilityQ program also encourages participants to apply for internships and entry-level jobs within the corporation.
As a result of the collaboration with USBLN, Qualcomm has acquired more training in meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities and has achieved a perfect score on the DEI (Disability Equality Index).
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