Janila Abalos


Employment & Educational Counselor/ Abilities Unlimited - Honolulu, HI

Provide individualized skill assessment, career counseling and coaching to people with disabilities. Case manage client files, records, correspondence, charts and reports. Set up meeting and interviews/ intakes, help client with applications. Provide support and build client's self-esteem and confidence to work independently and successfully. Teaching job empowerment classes with transitioning youth and adults. Coordinate with other support programs and working closely with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Administer life skills education for participants with disabilities, self care, time management, stress management, effective communication skills and pre-employment skills. Organize, promote and support are job fairs and employment expositions with community-based, State and local Non-Profit organizations. Create internship and volunteer opportunities. Develop variety of class materials for clients to enhance their learning experience. Coordinate referrals within State and other available resources as necessary. Provide training, briefing, and workshop. Provide one-on-one counseling, information and referral, classroom training, seminars, and workshops.


Language Interpreter/ Certified Language Inc. - Portland, OR

Interpret in Tagalog & Ilokano Language for medical and legal fields. Insuring that the language meaning translates are intact. Provide accurate and proficient messages from one language to another. Appropriately transmit cultural reference, slang words and phrases and other expressions. Handle discrete information. On-Call-Bases.


Language Consultant/ National Language Service Corp & DOD - Norfolk, VA

Interpret in Tagalog & Ilokano Language for the Department of Defense and Federal Agencies. Insuring that the language meaning translate are intact. Provide accurate and proficient messages from one language to another. Appropriately transmit cultural reference, slang words and phrases and other expressions. Handle discrete information. DOD Reservist (they fly me to where they need an Interpreter service.)

Graduating with the BA in Philippine language and Literature program has helped me in all areas of the above jobs most specifically for the linguist positions I do. The simple fact that I have a BA Degree in language adds a huge contribution to my qualifications. Although the Linguist position required going intensive background check/ Security Clearance and Department of Defense Language testing, I fell it has been the most proud position I do due to my Military background. Through this position, I feel I am more involved in a larger group (Global way.) At my full-time job as an Employment Counselor, I am definitely utilizing my language skills. When we get referrals who are native speakers in Ilokano/ Tagalog, they automatically assign the client to me. It helps the process and transition more fluid, as we know we can relate more and clients are more comfortable working with Counselors who can best understand where they are coming from. I have also been actively pursuing my art and designs making Crown Flowers, art has helped me balance my busy life as a mother and a professional. I also tried to go back to school for my Masters Degree in Science Kinesiology Vocational Rehabilitation, however it became too challenging for me to balance everything last semester so I am taking a break from school this year.

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