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[November 17, 2012]
CHICAGO -- Educational
attainment is the best precursor to employability and lifelong
learning. That is why the Illinois Department of Employment Security
provides several programs for students, teachers and adults that
build, step by step, education and training plans to achieve job
readiness and a living wage.
"Preparing for the working world begins in grade school, matures
through middle and high school, and continues beyond graduation.
Following any other path guarantees a lifelong disadvantage," said
IDES Director Jay Rowell. "We often talk about a skills gap -- the
hole between a worker's abilities and the requirements to do a job.
That gap doesn't appear during a recession; it begins when that
worker is a child. These tools help students, as well as their
teachers and parents, stop that from happening."
At this time each year, the IDES updates its
Information System and the counterparts:
Junior for junior high school and
for adults. These programs identify a path to careers, the wages
associated with specific job titles, and the education and financial
commitment required to achieve both. There is guidance on
apprenticeships, postsecondary options and entrepreneurship for
young adults and adult career-changers.
Highlights of the programs include:
builds a career attainment plan from sixth grade through
college. It tracks skills development and work history. It saves
resumes and sorts careers by skills, wages and growth trends.
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prompts students to calculate expenses for housing,
transportation and entertainment. It then works backward to
determine if the chosen career will support the lifestyle.
provides timelines from
middle school through high school, including ACT or SAT
preparation, financial aid tips, and job-readiness goals.
Kids and Careers:
How Families Can Help Youth Succeed
helps adults and career-changers create a
plan to look for work, including goal-setting and expectations
Educators can call 217-785-1728 for suggestions on how to
incorporate these tools into the curriculum.
Department of Employment Security
file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]