THE CAREER EXPLORATION
To begin the vocational
rehabilitation process, our first step will be for
you to complete the "Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Record", perhaps
prepare a resume, and to participate in an in-depth, Vocational Diagnostic
Interview with me.
FIRST step called the
Vocational / Career
Assessment phase is designed to help better understand your
background and needs.
TWO will be to work together in checking out your career
using a systematic approach. This second phase is called the
Exploration phase and takes advantage of some powerful Internet
Typically we meet regularly at a local
public library with free public Internet access and a variety of
career reference resources.
Generally, I show you how to start Career Exploration using several
based tools which I will have posted on your personal web page link on my
Internet site called the "Vocational Rehabilitation & Disability Case
Management Toolbox" located at
The sites I post for you would include the following four:
Career Exploration Worksheet
Career Exploration.......what your printout will look like
Career Zone - "My Portfolio"
Free registration to use following self-evaluation tools:
Job Readiness Skills
Occupational Outlook Handbook "Worksheet"
As I will explain and demonstrate as we work together, you will be
to participate as follows:
Your first task is to fill in the answers on-line to the
Worksheet" then print two copies of your responses. The work cannot be
saved on-line so you need to do it all in one shot. Please expect it to
take approximately one hour. I ask you to give me a copy when we next
meet and to keep a copy for yourself. When you are all
done the print out will look the one found on the following link:
"What your [Career Exploration] printout will look
The second task is to use the
"Career Zone - My Portfolio" web site to
identify your interests, job readiness skills, & to explore careers. This
involves answering questions and then clicking on the suggested careers to
learn more about the job fields you selected.
At the bottom of each career identified you should click on "additional
information" to get direct access to the Department of Labor's information
link on those careers which particularly interest you. This
information" link will bring you to The Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Your goal is to please identify 5 careers of interest [5 careers which you
would like to learn more about] then to write up the most important
on each of these careers using the
"Occupational Outlook Handbook
Worksheet". You should print up 5 copies of the blank Worksheets which
can be accessed from the web link I have demonstrated & provided you.
Please hand me these completed worksheets when we meet
Good luck, try to have fun with this after all you are really exploring
yourself. The more time & effort you put into it, the more benefit you
likely to gain just like anything else in life.
Your web page will have direct links to each of the web pages I have
recommended you use so you can get to each page right from your
As we work together, I will also be providing you with links to assist you
with the THIRD step
of Job Seeking Skills
which involves Job
Placement following the
Job Placement Plan Agreement.
If you have any problems or questions on what to do or how to do it, I
invite you to please call me any evening Mon-Fri from 6 pm-7 pm when I am
generally in my office at my computer. I will answer any questions
and walk you through the process.
Thank you & good luck.