Peer2Peer is a preparation program for the job market, based on a one-to-one dynamic between a university student and a disabled person looking for work, aiming to provide an experience where two different realities meet.
Through this program, both participants benefit from the opportunity to get to know a world different from their own and learn how to deal with it, overcoming the fear of the unknown and being surprised by each other's unexpected abilities.
In addition, Peer2Peer helps raise awareness among younger generations – the future leaders – of the need to create a more inclusive community by educating about the importance and added value of including people with disabilities in the job market. This program also offers university students the opportunity to get in touch with this reality and break down possible prejudices about it.
The program runs over eight weekly sessions, consisting of workshops and one-to-one sessions, in which peers work together on topics such as identifying their own capabilities, interests, and personal goals, learning about the job market, developing tools such as Curriculum Vitae (CV), the Capability Profile (PC) and preparing and simulating job interviews with recruitment and selection companies. At the same time, throughout the program, the peers develop friendly relationships, which leads to a very positive sense of belonging and group spirit.
The Peer2Peer pilot project was developed as part of the Employability theme, aiming at Nova SBE students and people with disabilities who wanted to prepare to apply for the job market.
After the pilot project, Peer2Peer was handed over to Nova SBE students, who collaborated with Nova SBE’s Career & Corporate Placement team and put this program into practice.
Currently, the third edition of the program is taking place at Nova SBE, soon to be expanded to NOVA School of Law.