Help Youth Explore Careers and Gain Skills

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Two new resources from the Department of Labor can help you point youth down the right career path and prepare them to succeed.

"What’s My Next Move” is a printable guide that helps youth learn how to use the My Next Move and CareerOneStop websites to learn about occupations that match their interests and skills. The seven-step guide is interactive and easy to follow as it gives youth practical guidance about how to gain employment in many occupations. We like the "Job Zones" section of the guide, which walks users through the amount of education, training, and experience needed in particular fields.

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success" is a curriculum developed by Office of Disability Employment Policy to teach young people, including those with disabilities, the "soft" skills they need to get and stay employed. The interactive lessons cover six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. You'll find role play scenarios and conversation starters that can help you give youth practical and tangible examples of each skills.

Use either of these tools as part of lifeskills education for teens and young adults or in one-on-one career counseling sessions.

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