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O*NET – a great classroom resource!

So, how many of you have students who seem to have an unrealistic transition plan?  As a freshman/sophomore, they still have time to explore more options, but as your students enter their junior year, it is critically important that they understand their abilities need to fit together with the required skills for their desired career.

If you have never used O*NET Online, this site can help students understand some of the skills and abilities they will need for their intended career path.

There are two basic ways to research possible careers:  one is quick and easy, and provides basic job information; the other is also quick, but provides much more job-specific detail.

The quick way for your students to explore possible careers is by typing their career choice  in the box shown herONET - I want to be a....e:

This will take them to a page where they have three options:  They can search by a specific career, by the related industry, or even by answering some questions to help determine possible careers that match their interests.  This gives them some quick and easy information on a possible career.

Now, if your students want more in-depth  information regarding a specific career, then you need to direct them to the box shown below:

ONET Search OccupationsWhen they type their specific career in this box, they will get a much more detailed list of information regarding their intended career.  It gives lists for each career in the following areas:

  • Tasks
  • Tools and Technology
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Abilities
  • and many, many more!

This provides a great talking point to help the student see if their abilities and skills are a good fit for their chosen career.   It can show them areas that they may need to work on while still in high school to help make their transition to postsecondary training go more smoothly.

The O*NET site has a great wealth of information that is easy for both you and your students to access, and provide a valuable discussion for transition planning.  Have them highlight the skills/abilities that they feel that are strengths, as well as marking those that they feel could be problem areas.  Discuss possible options they have to improve those areas.

If  you have any questions about using this O*NET site, please contact your transition coordinator.  And encourage your students to dig deep as they explore their options!

~ Elaine Cook


New IEP: Where is the Development of Work Box?

We hope you are all getting the hang of the new IEP form by now.   One important transition change we want to highlight involves the old Development of Work box on Page F (the services page) of the previous IEP.  Even though it now has a new title and a new look, it is still recommended to include this box on all secondary transition IEPs.

The old Development of Work box is now the “Transition Activities & Supports” box on the new IEP.

To add it, when you go to page F, click on the Activities tab:

You will need to add a box for the activity, so choose “Transition Activities & Supports” from the Select category drop down menu and click ADD.  (See the example below.)

IEP snipit

After you have added  the new box, type the same information here as  you would have in the old Development of Work box on the previous IEP form.  If you need help with possible suggestions for this section, please contact one of the transition coordinators and we will gladly help you with possible suggestions.