Who can help me discover what’s out there?
There are lots of folks and resources out there that can support you. Some online resources are below:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore potential occupations through the US Department of Labor’s informational guide to hundreds of careers.
Search a variety of occupations based upon criteria such as personal interests, work values, & work environment.
Career One Stop features a variety of information on various careers & fields of employment.
Career One Stop features this page, which contains materials such as self assessments, occupational resources, & industry information.
National Resource Directory
This website connects service members, veterans, & their families & caregivers with the resources & people who support them. Note: resources include vocational resources.
Military to Civilian Occupation Translator
The Military to Civilian Occupation Translator helps service members match military skills & experience to civilian occupations.
Vocational specialists may be able to help, such as:
State agencies, as listed by the Job Accommodation Network.
Specialists, as described by IPS Employment Center at the Rockville Institute.
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Other vocational specialists at your local mental health center. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a Behavioral Health Services locator to help you find services near you.
Community resources that may be helpful include:
- America’s Job Centers (One-Stops)
- state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies
- Rehabilitation- oriented (ICCD) Clubhouses
- Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams
- The Ticket to Work (through the Social Security Administration) maintains a list of vocational rehabilitation providers (Employment Networks) and a description of their services.
- There may be additional resources for special populations such as people experiencing homelessness (VA) (Project Return)
- or transition age youth (18-25 years old) (U. Mass).
- For those still in school, the school can be helpful in a number of ways if they know the person needs help. The school might provide part time employment through a work study program or internship.(NCSET)