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Where can I find help deciding on the right job?

If you enroll with the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation a vocational counselor will help you decide what kind of work might suit you best given your interests, talents and experiences.

You can find the address and phone number of the DVR office nearest to you by going to the following website and entering your zip code: www.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/ContactUs/DVROffices.aspx. But please note, if you are receiving mental health services, talk with your case manager or therapist first about giving you a referral to DVR. This will make the process go faster.

You can also take an on-line test at http://www.mynextmove.org/ to get a better picture of the kinds of work you might like to do. It also can tell you about various jobs that have an especially bright future, which are part of the new "green economy" and which ones have apprenticeship programs.

A workbook is available on line and free at http://www.thefsagroup.com/CMHA/pdfLib/CMHA-30028_EN2.pdf. It contains a chapter that will help you recognize your interests and skills.

This is Washington State's website for exploring career and career training and education. It contains a vocational interest quiz which produces a rank ordering of various kinds of careers you might like to do. It describes specific jobs that may interest you. From there you can get a list of programs that can give you the training or education you need for that kind of work. You can also find out what these jobs typically pay and how many job openings open up each year.

http://www.psych.uic.edu/uicnrtc/seekingemployment.pdf booklet for those considering going to work and trying to decide how to look for a job - through SE programs, on one's own or sheltered employment. The booklet contains a checklist of questions to ask when seeking out an SE program.



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