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Career Planning and Transitions

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Person-centered planning is about choices, decisions, and dreams. It is about listening and discovering what a person hopes to do in her or his life; it is about having a vision for the future. Person-centered planning encompasses all aspects of living: social, recreational, education, and employment. It is a process, which empowers people to pursue a life of choices including choices in their careers.

Everyone whom wants to work is employable. Person-centered planning encourages self-directed choice making. People with disabilities should communicate their job goals, interests, and work factors. Through self-direction, one can communicate his/her competencies, skills, and experience. Career planning is addressing one's individualized job placement by meeting that person's preferences and maximizing his/her strengths. The career planning process should be flexible and proactive. It should include identifying potential businesses that offer job choices, which match the person's interests. The next step is identifying job openings with those businesses that meet the job seeker's skill set, knowledge, and potential. Then, interviews should be scheduled with the employers for the positions that the job seeker is interested. The process may include negotiating employment terms that are agreeable and acceptable to both the applicant and the employer. This department provides information, services, and examples of career planning based on an individual's employment interests using a person-centered planning approach, making job choices and career advancements critical to achieving the job seeker's goals.

This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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