Discovery and exploration

Getting a job or working more hours can help you reach your goals. Still, the prospect of working or working more can be daunting. Discovery and exploration is learning about your likes, wants and needs  which can help you make a decision about work.

If you're unsure about working, take it one step at a time. Think about your interests and the type of work you'd like to do. Keeping your long-term goals in mind, think about steps you can take today. You might need education or training. Or, perhaps you simply want to shadow someone working in the field you're considering to see if you enjoy it. 

As you think about the type of work you'd like to do, ask yourself these questions: 

  • What do I like to do? You can find meaningful work that matches your strengths and interests. Career workshops and coaching can help you explore the options.
  • How can I learn about specific jobs? Share your work goals with your family and others who support you. As you discuss your interests with more people, you'll learn about various careers. You may even find out about opportunities for internships, job shadowing or mentoring.
  • Can I get benefits while I work? Every benefit in Minnesota has a work incentive. These special rules let you get benefits or keep benefits longer when you work.
  • Should I work more? Most people who receive benefits and increase their hours end up better off financially — even if their benefits are reduced.


Learn more

Explore your interests and see how they relate to work | My Next Move

Finding the right job for you: The basics | Disability Benefits 101

Occupation profiles and self-assessments | CareerOneStop

Local job training resources |


How the Hub can help

The Hub team can help you:

  • Explore work options
  • Set work goals
  • Plan next steps

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