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Youth in Transition Toolkit:

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Employment

Career exploration

Explore occupations and career possibilities

What careers interest the youth? Learning about, seeing and trying out various career possibilities sends a message about high expectations and allows youth to make informed decisions about their career path.

  • Awareness: Understand a broad range of career opportunities using Minnesota's career fields, clusters and pathways (PDF) career wheel and online career information systems. The document includes roles and qualifications for different positions, in-demand industries and occupations, non-traditional employment options and advancement opportunities. Participate in work-based learning experiences to increase awareness.
  • Exploration: Consider strengths, preferences and interests and match them to potential career opportunities (including identification of roles, qualifications, labor market information and advancement opportunities for positions of interest). Participate in work-based learning experiences that allow for exploration.
  • Preparation: Identify career goals and develop a plan of activities and services to achieve these goals. Align career goals with postsecondary education and training and independent living goals. Participate in work-based learning experiences that offer preparation for employment.
  • Implementation: Carry out plan and update it regularly based on changing interests and needs. Participate in work-based learning experiences to implement employment skills.

Job exploration counseling

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LEARN: Develop your knowledge

Learn how to support youth in exploring occupations and career possibilities.

The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) offers a collection of curricula and lessons to help you provide job exploration counseling.  

Resources DO

DO: Work with youth

Find resources to help youth explore occupations and career possibilities.

Considering labor market information in your career choice (PDF), developed by the Institute for Educational Leadership, can help youth understand the jobs that are in demand, which industries are losing steam and how to make decisions based on growing career fields — plus where to find labor market information.

No one does it on their own (PDF), developed by the Institute for Educational Leadership, supports youth in making informed decisions about personal career goals.

The Minnesota career fields, clusters and pathways career wheel (PDF) depicts skills, career fields, career clusters and career pathways to help job seekers understand a range of career opportunities.

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