When you work, you build your skills and become more independent. A job can help you live on your own and buy the things you want. A job also lets you give back to the community.
You might need help to find a job or learn how to do the job — and that's OK. There are many ways to help you be successful at work.
When you're ready to explore job options, ask yourself:
- What do I like to do? You can think about the things you enjoy and the things you're good at — and how you might use those interests and skills in a job.
- What type of work do I want to do? You can find a job doing something that matters to you. If you're unsure, career counseling can help.
- What type of education or training will I need to get the job I want? You might need to take classes, enroll in a training program or have an apprenticeship.
- How will work impact my benefits? Your benefits might change. Still, when you work, you'll make more money than you would if you were on benefits alone.
- Am I comfortable speaking up for myself? At work, you'll need to be clear about what you need and what you understand — and what you don't understand.
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For parents or guardians:
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How the Hub can help
The Hub team can help you and your parents or guardians:
- Find training programs and other resources to prepare for the type of work you want
- Connect you to employment resources
- Identify appropriate supports and accommodations
- Plan next steps