Opening Doors for Work

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It is a good idea to consider all your options before deciding on a career path. Remember your work is part of your total life. You must accept the responsibility of getting to know yourself fully. You will need to research your options and make choices that will help you reach your life goals.

A job can help contribute to your feelings of purpose and self-worth. It can give you a challenge, help support yourself and a family, and provide meaningful contact with other people. You will probably have more than one job in your lifetime. You may change your mind about what you like to do. You may add to your skills and advance your career.

When considering a job, you will need to

  • Choose the work you want to do. Identify your interests. Know your skills. Research jobs to find the ones that match your interests and skills.
  • Search for a job. Some jobs are advertised in the newspapers, on the television and over the radio. Some places just put a "Help Wanted" sign in their window. Other places don't advertise at all.
  • Complete application and resume.
  • Interviewing for a job. If you are asked to interview for a job, what should you consider? What do you wear? How do you act?
  • Get the job. Once you get the job, what do you do? What do you wear? What is your employer looking for from you? Will you need accommodations?
  • Keep the job. Here's what employers say matters to them.

If you are still in school, working can be a valuable way to develop job related experience. Your work should teach you meaningful skills. It should also leave you enough time to complete your school work and allow you to participate in school activities.