Career Resource Centers


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This presentation was made at the Defendant/Offender Workforce Development Conference which took place in San Francisco in April 2011.

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Career Resource Centers

  1. 1. Creative Strategiesfor Maximizing the Effectiveness of Career Resource Centers John Rakis Consultant National Institute of Corrections
  2. 2. Objectives• Learn how to set up a career resource center in a correctional, facility, probation or parole office, or community-based organization• Learn how to enhance an existing career resource center using the no-cost resources available from the National Institute of Corrections
  3. 3. Can’t do it by Yourself!• Engage Volunteers - VolunteerMatch.Org• Inmate Career Clerks
  4. 4. Why?• Most persons with criminal convictions are ill-prepared to enter the world of work• One-stop career centers can’t do everything• Need to send a consistent message throughout the criminal justice process
  5. 5. Why?• Many people are waiting idly in probation and parole offices right now• The same is true in prisons• Wherever they are set up, career resource centers are in high demand
  6. 6. Career Definition• The pattern of activities and experiences that make up a lifetime of work, learning, and leisure
  7. 7. The Purpose• Career development should not be the accumulation of haphazard occurrences• Career resource centers should promote a planned process that leads to satisfying work and life experiences
  8. 8. A Full Service Career Resource Center• Self-assessment materials• Career briefs on occupations, including demand, salaries, training, etc.
  9. 9. A Full Service Career Resource Center• Information needed to secure identity documents required for employment• Assistance with resumes and cover letters and guidance on how to search for employment opportunities• Assistance with the job application process
  10. 10. A Full Service Career Resource Center• Labor market information and local job requirements• Information about community- based Career One-Stops• Preparation for prison and jail- based career fairs
  11. 11. A Full Service Career Resource Center• Multimedia materials, including videos about careers and the job search process• Workshops intended to improve employment outcomes
  12. 12. Assessment• Process of learning about oneself and determining which occupations are the best fit• May include interest inventories, skills surveys and value inventories• Barriers Assessment
  13. 13. O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler• provides valuable self-knowledge about their vocational interests• fosters career awareness• provides a window to the entire world of work
  14. 14. O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler• The instrument is composed of 180 items describing work activities that represent a wide variety of occupations as well as a broad range of training levels
  15. 15. O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler• Computer administration via single computer or computer network• Simple and easy to follow instructions• Screens motivate user completion of the instrument• Approximately 30 minute completion time
  16. 16. O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler• Available at no cost via the Internet or through NIC
  17. 17. Assessing Barriers• Survey of Offender Barriers to Re- Entry and Employment• Re-Entry Readiness – Are You Ready?
  18. 18. Additional Assessment Tools• Sample Reentry Guides
  19. 19. Career Briefs• Occupational Outlook Handbook• Career Guide to Industries
  20. 20. Pre-employment assistance •Assistance with resumes and cover letters and guidance on how to search for employment opportunities •Assistance with the job application process
  21. 21. Labor Market Information•Learning how to access up-to-date information•Job projections by state
  22. 22. Using the Career Resource Center Disk