My Job

A job can be so much more than a paycheck…
Employment helps you:

  • Find your place in the community
  • Connect to a lifelong mentor or colleague
  • Achieve a sense of purpose
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Believe that you can be something
Two teens happy thinking about work.

Teen Tips

Think about what you are going to do after high school. What is next for you? How do you get started?

Here are some practical things you can do right now while still in high school!

  • Start Now!

    Do you want to work after you finish high school? Start now!  Working a part-time or volunteer job will help build skills you will use later.  The experience adds value to your resume.

  • What Type of Job do You Want?

    Wondering what careers might be right for you? Check out the Career One Stop website for tools to explore careers. You can take an interest and skills assessment and learn about training that is needed for specific careers.

  • Get Involved!

    Take part in activities at school, at home and in the community. This will help build your skills and increase your interests.

Getting Started

There are a few things you will need to have ready before you interview for jobs. Here are a couple of things to check out so you are prepared.

Video Story

In this video, hear from a young professional how her early work experiences helped lead to long-term success.

Note: This video is part of the “Work Early, Work Often” is a video series created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative. Together, the three-part campaign highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in an individual’s transition to adulthood, particularly for young adults with disabilities.

Featured Resources


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Assistive Technology

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Rights & Responsibilities

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