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“Next Steps”

One of the important parts of the Literacy Program is helping our adult learners plan for the “Next Steps” after improving their literacy skills or getting a GED.  The mission of our program encourages lifelong learning, and we also want our students to achieve success and self-sufficiency in their career choices.  Our Educational Counselor and staff spend time talking to students about their short and long-term goals.  These are the steps:

1.  The Counselor introduces the process.

§        Give an overview to the class of counseling services.

§        Explain the process that will help students to determine their next steps.

§        Emphasize that educational and career success are achieved when goals match interests, values, and abilities.

2.  The students set their goals.

§        The counselor meets individually with each student.

§        Using the DESE Goal Form as a “menu” selection sheet, write specific goals on the “Go for the Gold” sheet.

§        One copy goes to the student, one to the teacher, and one to the counselor for the student’s file.

3.  The students take the Harrington-O’Shea Career Decision Making System.

§        Following the directions, go through the survey booklet with the class.

§        Instruct them to fill in their responses on the summary profile.

§        Under “Work Values” on page 5, help students choose their 4 most important work values through a process of elimination.  Give each student a set of 14 cards made by copying the page and cutting out each value.  Instruct them to remove 4 that are not important to them.  Then tell them to remove 3 more, then 2, then 1.  This will leave them with their 4 most important work values.

§        Encourage students to share their choices with the class.

§        Use the examples provided to promote class discussion.

4.  The students research careers.

§        With the teacher, use the Harrington-O’Shea Career Summary as a writing project.

§        Students can use the Internet to research 3 potential job choices.

§        Students are shown the “Aptitude, Jobs, and Careers” section of the web-site suggestions page on our web-site.  For students with a Plymouth Public Library library card, “Career Cruising” and the PPL- Career Transitions are extremely helpful, and the educational advisor helps students work through the features of these resources.

5.  The students complete a Resume.

§        If possible, meet individually with each student to collect his/her work and educational history.

§        Use a program like Print Shop Resume Pro to write and print a resume.

§        Give the student a folder with several copies of his/her resume as well as a cover letter template and reference sheet.

6.  The program provides additional support.

§        Schedule guest speakers from local colleges, training programs, or the local Career Centers.

§        If possible, take students to local college or Career Center.

 

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