connect ability: What Do I Want To Do?

What Do I Want To Do?

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Before you start looking for jobs, it's a good idea to think about what you like to do. The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to tell if a job is right for you. It's also smart to ask other people to help you. If you're in high school, you probably have good resources as close as your school guidance office.

Or if you're in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and meet with an IEP Team (sometimes this meeting is called a PPT), you can include activities to learn about yourself and your interests and abilities.


Working with an IEP Team

In Connecticut, if you have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you can begin looking at a transition plan after your 15th birthday. You can use an IEP checklist to think about schoolwork and training after high school for employment, independent living, and community participation. Above all, work with your team and your family to plan. It's your future! Find more information in the Building A Bridge  transition manual.


Even if you don't have an IEP team, you can still plan your future. It's important for you and your family to work together with your school, friends, relatives, other contacts, and professionals to explore the things that interest you and use your strengths. Most high school guidance offices have computer programs and other resources to help you think about what you want to do for work.

Talk with your guidance counselor to schedule a time to take one of these "interest inventories." To see an example, go to:

Here's another website that can help you find out what you're good at: Take a look at "Figuring out Who I Am," "Knowing My Accomplishments," and "Having a Disability."

Content Last Modified on 6/25/2013 10:48:20 AM