By: Becki Lauzon, M.A., CRC
Transition Specialist and Consultant
Transition skills are vital for many students, especially those who are close to turning 22 and aging out of the public education system or in their senior year of high school. Below are some free tools and suggestions, based on DESE’s secondary-transition model, regarding how students can continue to work on developing and maintaining a variety of skills while out of school.
Education and Training
- If you are thinking about taking a college class, spend time researching different colleges online. Make a list of what you like about each school and what you don’t like. Write down what services/accommodations each college has to offer.
- Watch virtual tours of college campuses.
- If you are thinking about going into a training program, research what programs are out there. Are the programs online or in-person and how long do they take to complete, what is the cost, etc.?
- If you want to finish your MCAS or work on your GED, download study guides online and take practice tests.
- Create a free account with teacherspayteachers.com and download free practice job applications and job interview questions.
- Complete a free online career interest inventory at: www.mynextmove.org and www.careeronestop.org.
- Research different careers and make a job journal. The job journal can include the following: education needed, work environment (i.e. inside or outside, many people or few people, standing all day or sitting all day, salary, job tasks, etc.). O*Net is a great resource for this.
- If you have been considering a part time job this summer, start researching places that are easy for you to get to. You can even fill out online applications.
- Research places in your community that need volunteers. Email them or make a list of whom to contact.
- Create a free account with teacherspayteachers.com and download free financial literacy activities around banking and budgeting.
- If you are thinking of getting your Driver’s License, many websites offer free practice online tests.
- Use Pinterest for recipe ideas and make a meal each day for you or your family.
- Create a recipe book of foods you can make.
- Practice different independent living skills for household management (i.e. laundry, cleaning, organizing, folding clothes, sorting clothes by size and color, etc.).
- If you are thinking about making some extra money when the weather gets nicer, go through items and start making a yard sale pile!
- Research what adult service agencies have to offer (i.e. MRC, DDS, DMH, Centers for Independent Living, etc.).
- Register to vote.
- Research fun places close to where you live and make a list of things you want to do when the weather is nice.
About the Author
Becki Lauzon, M.A., CRC, works with teens, young adults and their families out of the Newton, MA and Plainville, MA offices. Lauzon has unparalleled experience as a Transition Specialist, Transition Consultant and Vocational Program Coordinator. Lauzon will be providing transition assessment (including testing, functional evaluations and observations) consultation, case management, training and professional development for schools; and transition planning, consultation and coaching for transition-aged students and their parents.
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