The ultimate goal of transition planning and efforts is to assist students in obtaining gainful employment, whether it is after graduation or college. Career preparation, much like graduation and college, begins earlier than you may realize.
Employability skills, also called soft skills, such as interpersonal skills, communication, or critical thinking, are usually weaved throughout education or personal life. Other skills, such as technical or trade skills, are taught through specialized courses or hands-on experiences.
Determining a career path and knowing what is required will shape the transition process and various choices.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency responsible for overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers. TWC has a dedicated career and education planning page for students, parents and professionals, including, but not limited to,
- Careers in Texas Industries: An initiative, offering career exploration events.
- Texas Career Check: A career exploration portal that allows students to investigate requirements, salaries and pathways of specific careers.
- Resources for Counselors and Teachers: Assistance with career education and transition programs.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services: A program that supports people with disabilities to prepare for, get and grow in employment. To find an office near you, use their Office Finder.