Discovery and exploration

Finding the right job often hinges on a person's strengths and interests. If you're working with someone who's unsure, provide opportunities to explore those strengths and interests. You might ask about hobbies or favorite activities, and then respond in kind.

For example, you might say, "It sounds as though you really like animals and are pretty good with them. Did you know there are jobs where you can get paid to help take care of animals?"

A person who's ready for work should move into job exploration right away. This might include work experiences or learning opportunities — such as informational interviews, job shadowing or internships — to support informed choice. 


Learn more

Work experience guide

Customized employment | U.S. Department of Labor

Starting with me: A guide to person-centered planning for job seekers | Institute for Community Inclusion

Employment discovery resources | LEAD Center



Benefits planning estimators | Disability Benefits 101

Interest profile questionnaire | My Next Move

Career match tool | CareerOneStop

Occupational outlook handbook: Occupations at a glance | U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Training courses

Online staff training | DirectCourse

Online employment courses | College of Employment Services

Self-study employment course for people with developmental disabilities | Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

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