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 3.21 CAREER TRANSITION READINESS

 
 

 Purpose

 

P1. To assist students in assessing their readiness for career transition.

P2. To ensure that students are fully prepared to

  • conduct a successful job search leading to employment in in-demand industry sectors,
  • join the U.S. Armed Forces,
  • enroll in postsecondary education, or
  • enter an apprenticeship program.

P3. To prepare students to effectively access resources and services that will assist them in making a successful transition to the workforce or postsecondary education.

 

 Requirements

 

R1. Separation Status

Centers must determine the level of services to be provided based on each student’s separation status.

R2. Job Search Skills

At least 45 days prior to projected graduation, centers must assess and counsel students to determine their capabilities and review job search skills and strategies including the following:

a. Sources of employment

b. Conducting an Internet job search

c. Completing a job application

d. Updating the resume

e. Writing a cover letter

f. Interviewing for a job

g. Worker’s rights and responsibilities, including reasonable accommodation needs for employment, as appropriate

h. Strategies for succeeding during the first weeks on a job

R3. Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP)

Centers must collaborate with Career Transition Specialists and each student to update the student’s Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP), using it to develop an employment plan or personalized job search strategy, or plan for advanced education including identification of federal funding options, as appropriate.

R4. Job Search Credentials

Centers must assist students in assembling documents necessary for obtaining employment, including originals of personal documents (see PRH Chapter 1, Section 1.6​) and those credentials that document the student’s accomplishments.

R5. Transitional Needs Assessment

Centers must assist each student in assembling and updating his or her transitional support needs, including:

a. Housing

b. Transportation

c. Child care

d. Health care

e. Work clothing and tools

f. Food and nutrition

g. Budgeting/money management

h. Mentoring/assessment and counseling

i. Job retention support

j. Legal services

k. Federal funding for advanced education, as appropriate

R6. Job Development

Centers must provide job development, referral, and placement services to graduates as appropriate. For those graduates who entered the program with an employer referral, centers must notify the referring employer of the student’s upcoming graduation.

R7. Transition Resources and Services

At a minimum, centers must connect graduates and former enrollees with career transition resources appropriate to their needs and in accordance with the center Career Development Services System (CDSS) plan. Centers must:

a. Establish a personal connection between the potential graduate and the career transition services provider.

b. Initiate or support pre-graduation job search efforts.

c. Develop resources to meet transitional support needs.