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.
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
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