So why is it important to have a job or a career? Here are six great reasons:
A good day is a pay day. If you have a job or a career, you can earn money. And if you can earn money, you can buy things you need, pay your bills, have a place to live, and basically do things you want to do. Without money, you can't do much!
Having a job or career makes you feel good. That's right! Knowing you can do something well and earn money for your skills is a great feeling.
When you work, you contribute to the community. And you help make the economy stronger. You're a productive citizen and a valued community member.
Working helps you develop new skills, learn new things, and create a record of employment. Later, when you want a better job, or if you want to go to college, your work experiences can help you to do that.
When you work, you meet new people and expand your circle of relationships. And some of your "work friends" may stick with you longer than a particular job.
Last but not least, when you have a job or a career, you have self-respect, dignity, and self-worth. You are being responsible and making sure that you can take care of yourself. You are creating a solid foundation you can build on to have a successful future.
Your first job may not be the kind of job you want forever, but it will give you skills you can use for a career that will last much longer. So how do you get started? Probably the most important thing is to start thinking about you. Most people have to find out about themselves before they can think about what they might want to do for work. This site will help you start thinking about who you are, what you need and what you want.
Changes in attitudes, expectations, and technology have opened the doors for employment to most people. With the right support, education, training, experience, information, and encouragement, most young adults can and should work. There can be economic reasons to work as well. Even if your son or daughter is eligible for federal or state benefits, those benefits alone may not provide enough income for anything more than the most basic needs. Wages (or a combination of wages and benefits) can provide a better quality of life. In some cases, working can allow your son or daughter in Connecticut to have Medicaid with much higher income and assets limits. To learn more, go to: http://www.ct.gov/dss/lib/dss/pdfs/whatismedicaidfortheemployeddisabled.pdf
For more information about federal and state benefits, and how they are affected by wages, contact a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) at the Connect to Work Center: http://www.brs.state.ct.us/ConnectToWork.htm