Potential and Current Workers

Choosing Work


What if I need more education to get the job I want?

We may decide on a career or job that requires more education. This means that we won’t be able to perform the tasks of the job until we have some education or training behind us that says that we are qualified to do so.
Education may take several forms: A General Equivalency Diploma, or high school diploma, or a college degree.  Another form of education can come in the form of a certificate or a training.


There are programs that can help you get into school.  For example, state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies can provide education or training that is directly linked to your vocational goal.

Once you are in school, you may want to get support to be successful in school.  In some areas you may find Supported Education programs that help individuals with mental health conditions to choose, get and keep an educational goal. Supported Education has been shown to be effective at supporting people with psychiatric disabilities in school settings.

Most colleges and universities have Disability Support Services to help students through the program with accommodations and educational adjustments.

Resources to help you find a training program in your area:

Federal Employment Training Program Finder: The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers a comprehensive range of workforce development activities through state and local organizations. Here you can search by state to find a WIOA eligible training provider.

Education and training programs should be chosen based on the interests and abilities of the student. Get job placement help throughout the program you choose (McMullen).

Student employment can also help to stretch the dollars for education.  The best place to look for student employment is through the school’s placement office.  Some students who have college loans can access work study jobs that are subsidized. The schools prefer to hire these students to reduce the cost of wages.

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