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Career Awareness, Exploration, and Preparation Activities Timeline- Education and DVR Partnership

This is a guideline created to give examples of activities to support districts/BOCES education personnel in the career development process (awareness, exploration, and preparation activities).  The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a partner who could assist in this career development process for students. This is a tool to be used in cooperation with your transition, schools, teachers, and teams and should be integrated into your current programs.  This is intended as guidance (timelines may vary based on individual's focus and needs). Each local team should coordinate to identify programming that best meet the needs of their students and their community.

Career Awareness, Exploration, and Preparation Activities Timeline (Excel Doc.)


Summer Before Sophomore Year

Job Exploration

  • Summer career exploration with industry 

Multiple Service Categories

  • Job Club Participation, if applicable


Sophomore Year

Overall Focus

  • Encourage school involvement
  • Encourage Self-Directed IEP's in schools to assist with advocacy skills
  • Invite DVR to IEP meetings for those Sophomores who are high risk for drop-out.
  • Identify collaborative opportunities to invite DVR to activities designed for parent/student participation which allow for information/resource sharing.
  • Identify collaborative opportunities for participation in pre-employment transition services that enhance and support transition activities.  

Job Exploration

  • CareerScope Assessment
  • ONET Interest Profiler
  • Classroom observations
  • General Interest and Skills inventory
  • Virtual Job Shadow

Work-Based Learning Experience

  • Group Volunteer Experience coordinated with school

Post-Secondary Counseling

  • Group College visits

Workplace Readiness Training

  • Transportation training (e.g. learning bus routes to/from)
  • Employment Skills Training

Self-Advocacy

  • Self-Advocacy Instruction
  • Group workshop - Self Advocacy, self determination
  • Self-Advocacy Encouragement
  • 411 on Disclosure (Disclosing and understanding your disability)
  • Skills to Pay the Bills


Summer Before Junior Year

Work-Based Learning Experience

  • Encourage summer volunteer experiences (for purpose of learning about employment field through volunteer work)
  • Summer Internship

Workplace Readiness Training

  • Encourage summer volunteer experiences (purpose: social, work adjustment training, or communication skills)

Multiple Service Categories

  • Job Club
  • Bring Your A Game


Junior Year

Overall Focus

  • Encourage activities to build resume
  • Money handling skills (career and personal finance)
  • Invite DVR to attend IEP meetings for Juniors interested DVR services. If DVR is not available, obtain information to share at the IEP.  
  • Identify collaborative opportunities to invite DVR to activities designed for parent/student participation which allow for information/resource sharing.
  • Identify collaborative opportunities for participation in pre-employment transition services that enhance and support transition activities.  

Job Exploration

  • Individual Job Shadows
  • Determine student's work values and skills
  • Build Self-Advocacy Skills
  • Group Job Shadows/Tours

Work-Based Learning Experience

  • Volunteer Experiences  (for purpose of learning about employment field through volunteer work)

Post-Secondary Counseling

  • Research the training curriculum for industries interested in
  • Encourage concurrent enrollment when appropriate

Workplace Readiness Training

  • Work Paperwork Information (W-4's, I9, schedule & time off, giving notice, etc) 
  • Interview Curriculum
  • Group Volunteer Experiences
  • Cover Letter Workshop
  • Employer desired work values and skills
  • Resume Building
  • Work Applications (online and paper)
  • Volunteer Experiences (purpose: social, work adjustment training, or communication skills)

Self-Advocacy

  • Encourage Continued Self-Advocacy Skills
  • College/Career Discussion
  • Paycheck overview
  • Skills to Pay the Bills
  • Understanding strengths and challenges due to disability

Multiple Service Categories

  • Classroom Guest Speakers on relevant topics
  • 7 Mindsets


Summer Before Senior Year

Overall Focus

  • Partner with DVR to develop pre-employment transition service programming that will incrementally enhance the development of a career pathway for students with disabilities.

Job Exploration

  • Encourage and create a Job Club 

Work-Based Learning Experience

  • Paid Work Experience Opportunity
  • Internship or Apprenticeship

Workplace Readiness Training

  • Assist with self-transportation needs, logistics and understanding


Senior Year

Overall Focus

  • Support Self-Advocacy Skill Development
  • Encourage experiences that align with immediate future goals
  • Invite DVR to attend IEP meetings for all Seniors who may be involved or may benefit from DVR services. If DVR is not available, obtain information to share at the IEP and encourage a meeting so existing students understand the program, services available and can place an application should they choos to do so and develop an Individualized Plan for Employment prior to existing.
  • Identify collaborative opportunities to invite DVR to activities designed for parent/student participation which allow for information/resource sharing.   
  • Identify collaborative opportunities for participation in pre-employment transition services that enhance and support transition activities.  

Job Exploration

  • Resume update
  • Group Mock Interview and Interview review
  • Individual job shadows
  • Group Job Tours in local area

Post-Secondary Counseling

  • Resume update
  • Group Mock Interview and Interview review
  • Individual job shadows
  • Group Job Tours in local area

Workplace Readiness Training

  • Group volunteer experiences

Self-Advocacy

  • Know student's after High School fears - determine steps to prepare for transitioning

Multiple Service Categories

  • Classroom Guest Speakers on relevant topics
  • Bring your A Game Workshop


Senior Year - Transitioning from High School to College*

Overall Focus

  • Partner with DVR to develop pre-employment transition service programming that will incrementally enhance the development of a career pathway for students with disabilities.

Job Exploration

  • Discuss viability of survival job

Post-Secondary Counseling

  • Assistance with college financial aid forms and understanding
  • College and scholarship applications
  • Scholarship vs grant vs loan

Self-Advocacy

  • Disability disclosure in school (include disability and general student access centers)
  • Meetings to determine transition needs (financial, transportation, forms, etc)

Senior Year - Transitioning to the Workforce*

Workplace Readiness Training

  • Discuss transferable skills and how they relate to jobs in client field of interest
  • Work application review (online and paper)
  • Group interview review
  • Disability disclosure at work

Self-Advocacy

  • Disability disclosure at work

*the lists above are not mutually exclusive from one another, youth should be exposed to both tracks, this just outlines the focus in your conversations depending on their current trajectory.

**All activities can fall into different Pre-Employment Transition Service Categories than what is listed above. Above is a GUIDELINE where the service provided has frequently been seen in multiple sites throughout Colorado. It is important to remember, your service category depends upon the intended outcome of the activity. 

     

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