Finding a Path to Employment


What if my family member wants to manage his/her own job development without help?

Some will choose a self directed approach, that is, to conduct their own vocational decision making without outside help.
In some cases the individual will feel confident enough to proceed on a path to employment by using a Self-Directed method, choosing tools and resources to achieve goals which s/he can find. (McNamara) For example, s/he might visit the local America’s Career Center, find job search internet programs, find out about workshops, job fairs (Hansen) or tools that could be helpful. Then the person could proceed to use tools and resources without much assistance.
In these situations, family encouragement and concrete supports may still be welcome and necessary. Families might provide rides, help support cell phone costs, be available to talk about the process, offer encouragement or just ask how to be helpful.

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