Career Exploration Resources

Assessments and Evaluations

Assessment tools are utilized to gather information about your personality, career interests, skills, hobbies, and academic abilities. The results are discussed with a job coach and then personal vocational goals are created.
One example of an assessment tool is the O*NET interest profiler.   
Let’s work together and assess the best career match for you based on your answers from this online assessment tool.

Career Counseling

One-on-one and group sessions are conducted to provide education about the local labor market, including in-demand jobs and potential market growth. Tools for self-motivation and self-advocacy are provided and discussed.
Resources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook are used to provide Career Counseling in specific fields of employment.
Join me in exploring careers with the help of the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Work-Based Learning

Community-based work assessments allow the career exploration staff to evaluate how the participant performs in a work environment and identifies the participant’s preferences as related to the position. Additionally, through job shadowing, a participant may observe an employee with their desired job as they perform their daily tasks.
Let’s get started on your job sampling by choosing a local site where you might be interested in working. We’ll start by talking about your likes and dislikes, using a tool such as this one from the Boggs Center 

Job Sampling

Interview Skills

Participants are offered the opportunity to engage in practice interviews. This opens pathways for the career exploration coordinator to educate participants on interpersonal skills, self-advocacy, disability disclosure, and requesting accommodations.

We will help you to explore the answers to such questions as:

  • How do I prepare for my interview?
  • Do I need to mention my disability?
  • What if the interviewer asks a question I am not comfortable answering?
  • How do I tell the interviewer that I may need help with certain tasks?
  • What is the best way to request accommodations?

Interview Skills

Benefits Counseling

Participants have the option of meeting with a benefits counselor to discuss and understand the impact that paid employment may have on their disability benefits. This service allows participants to proceed with career goals without the fear of losing important resources.
For more information on working while receiving SSI and medical benefits, contact WIPA at

Last updated: January 20, 2023

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