Competency Area 6: Career Exploration

This competency area focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that youth service professionals need to help youth, including youth with disabilities, explore a range of career options and pathways. Click on individual competencies listed below for learning objectives, professional development activities, and resources for that specific competency or scroll down to read them all. Note: The letter "D" indicates a competency specific to youth with disabilities.

List of Competencies


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"Career Opportunity Awareness",
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6.1 Knowledge of technology and online search skills

Learning Objectives

  • 6.1.1 Model the routine, intentional and effective use of technology and online search skills

Selected Activities

  • List and describe current online resources available for career exploration

Demonstration of Learning - Show What You Know!

  • Develop, maintain, and demonstrate the use of an updated resource list related to search strategies and resources for job skills and readiness
  • Demonstrate ability to use a variety of technologies to conduct an online job search

Resources Developed by NCWD/Youth and Partners

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6.2 Knowledge of tools and processes for career exploration

Learning Objectives

  • 6.2.1 Model the routine, intentional, and effective use of tools and processes for career exploration

Selected Activities

Demonstration of Learning - Show What You Know!

  • Develop a plan that provides sequentially more in-depth experiences with youth to help explore career options and next steps

Resources Developed by NCWD/Youth and Partners

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6.3 Ability to engage employers in career exploration

Learning Objectives

  • 6.3.1 Facilitate and support collaborative engagement of employers in career exploration for your organizational population

Selected Activities

  • Invite employers from a range of companies to speak to youth or host a visit to the workplace
  • Develop a mentoring program between employers and youth with particular career interests

Demonstration of Learning - Show What You Know!

  • Create a plan for outreach to engage local employers in exposing youth to careers

Resources Developed by NCWD/Youth and Partners

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6.4 Knowledge of workplace and labor market trends

Learning Objectives

  • 6.4.1 List and describe updated workplace and labor market trends

Selected Activities

  • Producing a short newsletter or e-letter for youth that includes information on market trends.

Demonstration of Learning - Show What You Know!

  • Develop and maintain an updated resource list related to workplace and labor market trends

Resources Developed by NCWD/Youth and Partners

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6.5.D Knowledge of workplace and labor market trends, including options for youth with disabilities such as supported employment, customized employment, or self-employment

Learning Objectives

  • 6.5.D.1 List and describe updated workplace and labor market trends including options for youth with disabilities such as supported employment, customized employment, or self-employment

Selected Activities

  • List and describe current workplace and labor market trends including options for youth with disabilities, local community labor market trends and salary/requirement/skills trends

Demonstration of Learning - Show What You Know!

  • Develop and maintain an updated resource list related to workplace and labor market trends including options for youth with disabilities such as supported employment, customized employment, or self-employment
  • Implement support strategies and show success

Resources Developed by NCWD/Youth and Partners

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