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Lifeskill Ten

Your Work Life

Knowing how to find and keep a job that will meet your individual needs is key to a happy and productive life. This unit will help you better understand yourself, your skills, your strengths and interests. It will also provide you with the tools that you need to find your first job or find a new job. The opportunities are out there; you only need to know where to find them.

Scheduling a career counselor appointment.

Before graduation every student must arrange an appointment to go through this life skill with one of the counselors. The counselor will certify your portfolio as ready or not ready for graduation. This scheduled appointment can be done at any point during your life skills semester.

Course Goal:

At the end of this unit each student will have the resources to identify, apply for, and obtain employment that meets his/her personal goals.

Learning Outcome:

Each student will complete a career portfolio.


Step One - Doing the research:

  1. Log into https://masscis.intocareers.org/
  2. Create an account
  3. Use the same username as password you used for your gmail account.
  4. Click on Assessment - under What are my Interests click on Career Cluster Inventory:
    a. Follow the directions.
    b. Print out the results and put your name on the top of the page.
    c. Save it to your student profile.
    d. Follow a link from your results page.
  5. Go back to Assessments, under What are my Interests click on Interest Profiler:
    a. Follow the directions.
    b. Print out the results and put your name on the top of the page.
    c. Save it to your student profile.
    d. Follow a link from your results page.
  6. Go back to Assessments, under What Skills and Work Values are Important to Me click on SKILLS:
    a. Follow the directions.
    b. Print out the results and put your name on the top of the page.
    c. Save it to your student profile.
    d. Follow a link from your results page.
  7. Go back to Assessments, under What Skills and Work Values are Important to Me click on Work Importance Locator:
    a. Follow the directions.
    b. Print out the results and put your name on the top of the page.
    c. Save it to your student profile.
    d. Follow a link from your results page.
  8. Go back to Assessments, under What Lifestyle can I Afford click on Reality Check:
    a. Click on Get a Reality Check, then follow the directions.
    b. Print out the results and put your name on the top of the page.
    c. Save it to your student profile.
    d. Follow a link from your results page.
  9. Click on Occupations, under Which Occupations Match my Preferences click on Occupation Sort:
    a. Follow the directions.
    b. Print out the results and put your name on the top of the page.
    c. Save it to your student profile.
    d. Follow a link from your results page.

Step Two - Preparing the portfolio:

  1. Go to http://www.southcoastalcareercenters.org
  2. Click on Job Search Sites.
  3. Click on Massachusetts Job Quest and follow directions.
  4. Find three jobs that appeal to you and print out the descriptions.
  5. Create a resume for one of the jobs.
  6. Write a cover letter.
  7. Prepare an introductory statement for the interview.
  8. Write a thank you letter.

Step Three - Finished Portfolio Contents:

  1. Career Cluster Inventory
  2. Interest Profiler
  3. SKILLS
  4. Work Importance Locator
  5. Reality Check
  6. Occupation Sort
  7. Three Job Descriptions
  8. Resume
  9. Cover Letter
  10. Introductory Statement
  11. Thank You Letter

Step Four - Post Secondary Planning:

  1. Meet with counselor to discuss options for post-secondary goal
  2. Identify programs, colleges/universities, training programs, military and/or job opportunities
  3. Work with counselor to make contact via phone or email to desired programs
  4. Use the internet to complete applications or access information to make contact
  5. Complete FAFSA (financial aid forms) and any other required paperwork for programs/colleges/universities that require it.

Please click on the attachment below to download a printable version of this lifeskill

  Life Skill Ten Lesson