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Job Development

Some schools and organizations may have official job developers or job coaches, while others may not have a specific person assigned solely to this.

By Karen McCormack

Getting Started with Job Development

Some schools and organizations may have official job developers or job coaches, while others may not have a specific person assigned solely to this.  In any case the process is similar, whether you are developing jobs on a school campus or in the community. Here are some tips to get started:

  1. Tour sites and identify possible job options
  2. Break down the jobs into various components, using task analysis.
  3. Identify skill levels of job site.  What prerequisite skills are needed?  Can modifications to simplify the job be introduced?
  4. Job carving:  There’s a job for everyone if there’s a willingness for people to try.  If the student wants to work, they CAN work.

     

I.   Introduce the Student to the World of Jobs

II.  Identify Work Opportunities at Your School

Students most often begin with work experience on the school campus before seeking a job in the community.  Any type of work experience is helpful initially, for the student, the teacher, and the potential employer.

III.  Support Students to Build Their Networks

IV.  Help the Student to Find an Appropriate Mentor

V.  Match Students to the Appropriate Work Placement

V.  Develop Relationships with Businesses in the Community

VI.  Teach Students Basic Job Readiness Skills

In the beginning the goal is for students to develop a sense of themselves as workers.  For many first jobs may not be especially fulfilling, but they can offer an opportunity to increase self-confidence and self-advocacy skills.  Initially students need to develop basic work competencies, such as:

VII. Create a Resume

See Résumé Development.


More on Preparing for Work:

Career exploration

Job fairs

Job development

Job descriptions

Tiered work systems

Giving back to the community

A team of support

By Karen McCormack

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